Fair Trade

Panâh: An Ethical Fashion Production House That Empowers Kenyan Women, Youth

Photo by Lemlem How did you and Morteza Saifi decide to found Panah? My husband has spent over 20 years in fashion industry in New York City. After Parsons School of Design, he…

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"This is Not a Sweatshirt" Sweatshirt Helps Victims of Sex Trafficking

It may look like a sweatshirt, feel like a sweatshirt, and wear like a sweatshirt, but Sudara’s “I Am Not a Sweatshirt” is so much more than a sweatshirt. Formerly…

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Olderbrother's L.A.-Made Clothing is Eco-Friendly, Gender-Neutral

How did the two of you meet? Was it kismet at first sight? For a moment, close your eyes and envision a pleasant summer afternoon. A playful breeze tickles your neck and murmurs sweet…

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Conscei Budapest Offers Fair-Trade, Organic-Cotton Men's Dress Shirts

Hungarian company Conscei is taking on the concept of truly sustainable fashion, through menswear. Conscei’s goal is to create a fashion model that focuses on protecting the…

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PACT Launches Organic, Fair-Trade Apparel Line at Target Stores

Sustainable apparel at Target? Your eyes don’t deceive you. America’s second-largest discount retailer—after Walmart, of course—has inked a deal with PACT to launch a…

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Studio One Eighty Nine, Yoox Team Up on Ethical Fashion Line

MADE IN GHANA Because of the handcrafted nature of the garments, no two are alike. Dawson and Erwiah said they challenged the artisans to move beyond the bounds of their experience…

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Skunkfunk Gives "Zero Waste" Fashion a Youthful, Hip Twist

What inspired Skunkfunk to create a zero-waste collection? We believe that fashion can and must be sustainable. We are constantly looking for innovative production methods that can…

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Fair Trade U.S.A. Wants to Keep the Fashion Industry Honest

As a vehicle for economic parity, “fair trade” is a designation that most people associate with coffee, chocolate, or bananas. Three years after a factory collapse in…

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Tripty Project Makes Zero-Waste Bags, Clothing Out of Discarded Pineapples

Luke Swanson and Brooke McEver were working in Bangladesh at the time of the incredible garment industry tragedy at Rana Plaza. In reaction, they decided to found a company to train…

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31 Bits: Exquisite Recycled Paper Jewelry, Made by Ugandan Artisans

PAPER CHASERS The artisans behind 31 Bits repurpose paper from posters, advertisements, and even textbook pages, which they tear into long strips, roll into tight beads, and then coat…

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D'Lord: Raw-Denim Jeans Made in the U.S.A. From Organic Cotton, Hemp

Newly launched D’lord Denim was made for men who want to change the world in style. Carefully sourced from a meticulously vetted supply chain and made by factories paying fair wages,…

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Inkbox's 100 Percent Organic Temporary Tattoos Support Indigenous Livelihoods

Want to get inked but not ready for a lifelong commitment? Temporary tattoos are not only inexpensive and ouch-free, but they also fade into nothingness in a matter of days. For those…

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Canadian Thrift Store Makenew Debuts Ethical Fashion Line

Residents of Halifax, Canada, may be familiar with the eclectic design and second-hand store Makenew. But now designer Anna Gilkerson has launched a sustainable collection of her own in…

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Patagonia Wants to Transform "Filthy Business" of Denim

Denim’s a dirty business, and Patagonia is fixing to take it to the cleaners with a new collection of sustainable jeans. Composed of 100 percent organic cotton, the relaunched…

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Fashion Footprint Uses Tech to Let Clothing Tell Their Own Stories

Mariam Naqvi wants to give shoppers the story behind their clothing choices right at the point of sale. In order to do that, this visionary Norwegian diplomat turned social…

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Ix Style's Ethical Sandals Provide Clean Drinking Water in Guatemala

Guatemalan-based Ix Style is an ethical shoe brand with one foot in water rights and another in artisan production. Their proceeds help provide clean drinking water to children who…

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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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