Fair Trade

MetaWear is U.S.'s First Solar-, Geothermal-Powered Garment Factory

More often than not, ethical manufacturing practices and the textile industry seem to be somewhat of an oxymoronic thought. MetaWear, a screen-printing apparel company based in Fairfax,…

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South Africa's The Joinery is Turning Fashion Into a Social Movement

“Do Something. Anything.” South African fashion brand The Joinery stands strong behind the belief that if everyone does something, no matter how small, all of us can make a…

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Cotopaxi's Outdoor Gear Inspires Adventure, Funds Poverty Relief

Outdoor gear company Cotopaxi is gaining major attention from consumers and investors for their superior product and unique approach to marrying business with social impact. Founder…

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Proud Mary Global Textiles Focuses on Empowerment, Not Pity

Socially conscious lifestyle brand Proud Mary focuses on the mantra “Pride not Pity.” After volunteering in South America for Habitat for Humanity, owner Harper Poe was moved to…

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"Fair Trade" Clothing Labels Expose Truth About Sweatshops

AWFUL TRUTH A yellow cabled sweater, for instance, outlines a day in the life of a Cambodian child laborer. The label reads: “100% cotton. Made in Cambodia by Behnly, nine years…

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Tilonia's Fair-Trade Bags, Scarves Benefit Sustainable Development

A new collection of bags and scarfs have been produced by female artisans from Tilonia, a small village in Rajastan, India, inspired by sustainable development programs underway in the…

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EDUN, J.Crew Crewcuts Collaborate on African-Made Childrenswear

EDUN JR. Sherman credits St. Ann’s, which she describes as a “very special place,” for motivating the partnership in the first place. The orphanage abuts one of the…

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Antiform's Upcycled Fashions Are 100 Percent Handmade in the U.K.

TRUE TO FORM Its love of English heritage and craft aside, Antiform is dedicated to creating modern, versatile styles that rebel against banality and have no “sell-by date,”…

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Inspired by Africa, Talented's Ethical Totes Help Fight Ebola Threat

It’s easy to fall into stereotypes regarding Africa. A new line of totes by British label Talented, however, seeks to remind the West of the continent’s richness, diversity,…

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Abury Infuses Old-World Craftsmanship With Modern-Day Spirit

Moroccan leather has been sought after over the centuries for its quality craftsmanship, beautiful geometric ornamentation, and attention to detail. However, the global hunger for fast…

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The Superfluous Culture Makes Unisex Ethical Fashion for Locavores

Hailing from Montreal, The Superfluous Culture takes fashion to a thought-provoking level through use of oxymoron and plenty of attitude. Synonyms of the word “superfluous” include…

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Made in L.A., Sydney Brown's Luxury Shoes Are Vegan, Sustainable

SHOE IN Brown’s aesthetic draws from her time in Japan, where she lived and worked for 10 years. When Brown sat down with Fletcher to outline the brand’s core tenets,…

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VIDEO: Stella McCartney's Kenya-Made Bags Promote Ethics, Dignity

NOT CHARITY, JUST WORK “Throughout our supply chain, we work to ensure that people producing our goods are treated and paid fairly,” McCartney says in a voiceover.…

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Mayamiko Recycles Italian Fabric Offcuts Into Fair-Trade Clothing

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Most of us are familiar with the expression, but Paola Masperi of Mayamiko brought refreshing new meaning to an arguably tired…

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World's Largest Fair-Trade, Organic T-Shirt Spotlights India's Farmers

To raise awareness of fair trade in India and jump-start an ethical consumption initiative, a giant organic cotton T-shirt broke records today. The idea, conjured up by Fairtrade India,…

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Cambodia's Tonlé Makes Clothing That's Fair Trade, Zero Waste

Cambodia-based eco-fashion brand Tonlé are all about zero-waste production. They are currently the largest ethical apparel brand in the country, offering fair wages and a secure…

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Rahul Mishra Marries Buddhist Philosophy, Slow Fashion

Having won this year’s International Woolmark Prize and launched a new line at Harvey Nichols earlier this month, designer Rahul Mishra is a force to be reckoned with. His mission…

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Saigon Socialite Applies the Ancient Art of Pagoda Carving to Shoes

KICK OFF For one thing, you won’t find a four-tailed dragon on any of the heels. Because the motif is reserved for high-ranking pagodas, Saigon Socialite’s carvers…

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