While it is still in its beginning stages, the Fair Trade clothing industry is blooming fast. This is good news since the textiles and clothing industry is well known for making garments and accessories in sweatshops around the world. Another positive aspect of the fair trade clothing industry is that conscious customers are demanding more fair trade clothing every day.
Here is a list of some great fair trade clothing brands that you can trust:
|Global Mamas is the name brand for goods produced through the efforts of Women in Progress, an international not-for-profit organization assisting women of Africa in attaining economic independence. All proceeds made by Global Mamas’ sales go directly to the women producing the merchandise and to the business development programs carried out by Women in Progress.|
|Fair Indigo is a clothing company formed by clothing manufacturers. They work with factories that have ethical working conditions, and encourage them to follow fair trade practices.|
|Kusikuy Clothing Company
|Founded in Bolivia in 1997, Kusikuy was developed by US Peace Corps volunteer, Tamara Stenn. They are a member of the Fair Trade Federation and Green America. They make beautiful articles of clothing from Alpaca wool, and work mostly with Peruvian and Bolivian artisans.|
|Marigold Fair Trade Clothing
|Marigold is a company that works with women from South Asia who make fashionable wood block printed fabrics and embroidery. They are based in Washington state and are proud members of the Fair Trade Federation. They work with a women’s co-op that trains the women in sewing and embroidery, providing them with a skill and vital income to help craft a better future.|
|Fair Industry is a woman-owned, volunteer-supported fair trade enterprise based in Princeton, New Jersey. Fair Industry’s original fair trade clothing line is designed by the owner, Lauren Markley, and is produced by Artisan Hut, a Bangladesh organization that supports hand weavers, spinners and embroiderers facing unemployment due to the mechanization of the garment industry.|
|Maggie’s Functional Organics
|Maggie’s Organics was founded in 1992 on the premise that all workers could be treated ethically and that clothing could be functional, beautiful, affordable, and also constructed of environmentally sustainable materials. They now carry organic and fair trade socks, scarves, tights, lounge wear, legwarmers, tees, baby clothes, new sock monkeys and fashionable tops.|
For a longer list of clothing companies, check out the Fair Trade Federation.