Sunday, 21 March 2010

Fair trade Clothing

Why you should consider fairtrade clothing

Every now and then in the news a story breaks about how one high street name should be ashamed that some of their clothing that is sold has been manufactured in some far off country with slave labour.  By slave labour they refer to workers who are vastly underpaid and work excruciatingly long hours.

The introduction of fair trade produce in the food and drink market made sure that people were made aware that whilst we are out looking for cheaper prices on our shopping, sometimes this cheapness comes at a price for the source and workers that bring the food to our tables.
Fair trade products have expanded over the years moving from coffee and tea to chocolate, fruit and vegetables and now clothing too.

Fair trade sourced clothing means that all workers from the workers who pick the cotton to those who stitch each garment are receiving a fair wage for their labour as well as other aspects of their life such as housing, water supplies and help in their communities as well.
With the amount of bad press large companies who aren’t providing for their employees are getting there is an added incentive for them to invest in fair trade practices and a lot of companies are in recent years.

You can now find many different garments that have been made from fair trade sourced cotton and wool and these items are indistinguishable from the non-fair trade items too.

As the public’s attention is drawn to the exposure of poorly paid workers and the benefits of putting money into fairtrade related goods and produce more of the big name retailers and supermarkets are starting their own fairtrade partnerships.

These days it isn’t uncommon to find many fairtrade labelled food, drink and clothing to be in our local supermarket and because of the public’s awareness they are now buying these items over others that aren’t associated with Fairtrade.

Fairtrade clothing companies have spread rapidly due to an increasingly growing demand for responsibly sourced clothing and materials.  In the future hopefully all clothing that is produced overseas will be made by people who are being looked after and provided for by their employers as opposed to just worrying about profits at the other end.

Bob Brightside is an experienced writer who frequently writes about topics such as ethical clothing, fair trade fashion and ethical fashion.

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