This fall, be a responsible shopper by doing some shopping at online clothing retailers who participate in fair trade. According to the Fair Trade Federation, “fair trade is a system of exchange that seeks to create greater equity and partnership in international trading.” Some of the ways they do this is by having safe working conditions, protecting the rights of children and creating “equitable and sustainable trading partnerships.” It’s nice to know your clothing was not made in a sweatshop. Many of these retailers support communities by making sure the employees have fair wages. These five online retailers use fair trade practices.
This website has a plethora of green clothing using organic cotton, bamboo, hemp and soy. Even on the website, the clothes look very comfortable and fashionable at the same time. Another plus is the information on the supplier. Consumers can see who the item was made by and by what method. For females, they have a lovely array of sweaters for fall. I liked the skinny stripe sweater made from “ecokashmere.” There were several color combos including navy and chili. This costs $78.00. The hoodie sweater is a medium weighted knit that has a hood. It comes in thistle, light pebble and night and costs $32.00. A carbon neutral company makes this item.
This is a store that believes in treating workers well and paying them well too. After looking high and low for suppliers that embodied fair trade principles, they were able to start Fair Indigo in 2006. When browsing for clothes, the website explains why the garment is “fair.” For fall, try the embroidered ¾ sleeve organic t-shirt. It has a lovely ivy pattern non the shoulder and sleeve. It costs $34.00. While online, grab some organic leggings, in chocolate or black, to pair with dresses and tunics for fall. Right now, leggings are only $15.00.
This company is UK-based and very stylish. Fashion-conscience.com has organic, vegan, sustainable, recycled and fair trade merchandise. I like the grey scoop neck fair trade dress. It has a cinched waist and a brown leather belt. It is made by Bibico designs. Another must for fall is the brown wool cocoon coat. This brown and cream coat is made from acrylic and wool. Both products come from fair trade suppliers.
GreenHeartshop.org is a non-profit shop that is both fair trade and eco-friendly. This store has a great selection of flirty dresses and blouses. For fall, the weekender cardigan will look great with all of your outfits. It has a fashionable high neckline and is made of “100% organic cotton jersey with low impact dyes.” It comes in black and grey and small, medium and large. There are some basic long sleeve shirts and leggings to round out your fall wardrobe too. They even have underwear.
Pristine Planet is a practical place to shop for fair trade clothing. It combines several online retailers on one site. Then it allows the shopper to browse by category, style, price and even material. In this way, I was able to look at pants and sweaters for fall. Check out some of the prettiest sweaters here. Pristine Planet hopes their efforts will lead to an economy that is “green and socially responsible.”