Fair Trade

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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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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