Fair Trade Month aims to raise awareness of the reasons fair trade is important, and to promote buying and using socially and commercially sustainable, fair trade products in place of commodities which may harm the environment, the economy, communities and disadvantaged individuals. (Original Source: Fair Trade Month)
Fair Trade Month is taking place in October. That’s why we have made a list for you to choose your favourite fair trade brand.
Founded in 2007 by Gosia Piatek, Kowtow is a label committed to creating positive change. They make a conscious decision to only use renewable and sustainable fibres and ethical manufacturing to deliver collections that are utilitarian, minimal and carry an understated sense of femininity. Kowtow is a New Zealand-based contemporary fashion brand that focuses on certified organic, fair trade clothing that is ethically and sustainably made from seed to garment.
A pioneer in sustainable Fair Trade fashion, People Tree, started in 1991.
They make every product to the highest ethical and environmental standards from start to finish. Contemporary, versatile designs and playful, exclusive prints create a stylish, innovative and affordable fashion while respecting people and the planet. People Tree makes collections from organic cotton, TENCEL™ Lyocell and responsible wool. You can see traditional artisan skills such as hand weaving, knitting, embroidery and block printing.
People Tree launched its first fashion range to meet the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), certified by the Soil Association. Consequently, they were the first fashion company to be awarded the World Fair Trade Organisation product label. These certifications guarantee People Tree’s dedication and compliance with the principles of fair trade. Above all they cover fair wages, good working conditions, transparency, environmental best practice and gender equality. Read more: People Tree.
Tribe Alive is a Texas-based brand with a passion to use responsible commerce to serve as a platform that empowers women around the world to raise themselves out of poverty. They are partners with female artisans at fair-trade wages in Guatemala, Haiti, India, Honduras, and Fort Worth, Texas, offering safe work environments, dependable income, and the power to determine their own future. They make products from vegetable-tanned leather and recycled brass hardware.
VEJA, a France-based sneaker company, has been innovating footwear for 14 years. The brand has mastered the art of chic shoes and ethical production, resulting in products that even the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, wants to wear. Although Veja invests zero capital in advertising, they have been able to skyrocket to the top of the fashion charts through consistently high-quality materials, intentional collaboration with their supply chain, and an overall transparent approach to business. Read more: Veja.