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  • The Problem With Fast Fashion

    9 August 2019 by Elise Miller, Oklahoma Christian University Class of 2021

    More and more, young people are asking "Who made my clothes?" We are delighted to feature voices from passionate student advocates like Elise Miller in this guest blog.

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    Cotton Farming Empowers Women in India

    23 April 2019 by Fairtrade International - Interview with Phulme Majhi, chairperson of the Pratima cooperative

    In the remote Bolangir district in the Odisha state of eastern India, the Pratima Organic Growers Group farm sustainable cotton. The cooperative is made up of 2088 individual members spread across 72 villages. Until now, they received little contact from the outside world and lived in relative poverty.

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    Dear fashion brands, what are you waiting for?

    22 April 2019 by Rossitza Krueger, Textiles Manager at Fairtrade International

    Fashion brands, we have some questions for you. It's been three years since Fairtrade launched its Textile Standard and Program so workers in the industry can enjoy better wages and conditions. But the big players in the fashion business are still reluctant to sign up. Why?

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    How to Dress Head-To-Toe with Fairtrade Cotton & Why It Matters

    19 April 2019 by Naledi Sekgapane, Operations Assistant, Fairtrade America

    As the saying goes, “when you look good, you feel good”. But when you purchase ethical products, you not only look and feel great, but you’re also part of a major movement towards resolving issues in the fast fashion industry. By choosing Fairtrade certified cotton, farmers and workers are paid a fair price and as a result able to invest in their communities and protect their local environment.

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    Kick Off Your Sustainable Fashion Journey with Fairtrade Cotton

    25 April 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager

    Interest in sustainable fashion is booming as the Fashion Revolution sweeps the globe, but don’t forget about the small-scale cotton farmers at the beginning of most supply chains.

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  • Cotton Farmers - Who Made My Clothes - Fashion Revolution

    Why I’m Standing in Solidarity with Fashion Revolution to Ask Brands #WhoMadeMyClothes

    23 April 2018 by Subindu Garkhel, Fairtrade Foundation

    Fashion Revolution Week, April 23-29, is a call for change in the fashion industry. Subindu Garkhel, cotton manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains how we’re all connected to the often-invisible farmers and garment workers who make our clothes. Fairtrade America joins in asking brands #WhoMadeMyClothes?

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    5 Minutes for Fair Trade Fashion

    7 December 2017 by Professor Shireen Musa, Fashion Institute of Technology

    Shireen Musa has seen an increase in students at the Fashion Institute of Technology having an interest in fair trade fashion. She’s currently conducting research on this topic and needs your help.

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    7 things you didn't know were Fairtrade & Organic

    21 September 2017 by Fairtrade America

    Out of a wide range of great Fairtrade products, there are many that are also organic certified! We’re celebrating all things organic for National Organic Month this September with this great list.

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    Release: Fairtrade cotton better for the environment and communities, new research shows

    25 April 2017 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    According to new research, the social and environmental footprint of cotton from Fairtrade farmers is five times lower than conventionally produced cotton.

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    What is Fairness: Giving Voice to the Unheard Worker

    21 October 2016 by By Shamini Dhana, Founder and CEO, Dhana Inc., Associate Producer of the True Cost movie, Climate Ride Ambassador and Executive Council Member of Ellevate

    Throughout October’s Fair Trade Month, we are featuring Fairness Champions, people from all walks of life with a unique perspective on what’s ‘fair’. Today Shamini Dhana of Dhana, Inc. asks, "Where is the connection and conversation today between the end customer and the people behind the scenes who make the products we consume daily?"

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