First Fair-Trade-, Fair-Labor-Certified Clothing Arrives in the U.S.

by , 07/19/10   filed under: Eco-Fashion News, Fair Trade

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It’s been three years in the making, but TransFair USA is finally ready to slap its fair-trade seal of approval on clothing. The San Francisco nonprofit, the only third-party fair-trade certifier in the United States, has launched a new fair-trade certification for apparel, the nation’s first to certify both ends of the supply chain: farms and factories. Although fair-trade-certified togs have been available in Europe for years, TransFair’s pilot program marks the first time Americans will be able to identify garments that are not only sustainably produced but also guarantee fair, above-the-market compensation to cotton farmers and garment workers alike.

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From now till spring, TransFair will be rolling out its pilot brands, which currently include Tompkins Point Apparel, a new line of organic-cotton men’s polo shirts, and Hae Now, a nascent purveyor of organic-cotton blank tees.

But “fair trade” isn’t the only label making headway into the ethical apparel market. Maggie’s Organics, one of the country’s oldest producers of organic-cotton apparel, is the first manufacturer in the world to sell clothing that is independently certified to a new standard for Fair Labor Practices and Community Benefits.

Issued by Scientific Certification Systems, the new fair-labor certification covers ever stage of Maggie’s production chain, from the growing, ginning, and spinning of organic cotton fibers into fabric in Nicaragua, to cutting and sewing clothes in Costa Rica, to screen-printing and warehouse operations in Michigan.

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5 Responses to “First Fair-Trade-, Fair-Labor-Certified Clothing Arrives in the U.S.”

  1. kebarrow says:

    Thanks for this post, Jasmin! We are really excited to finally bring Fair Trade Certification to two parts of the apparel supply chain: the cotton farmers and the factory workers. This is truly a breakthrough in ethical clothing production. We can’t wait to share the powerful stories of the workers this program will impact once the program gets rolling.

    TransFair USA

  2. Michelle Hamman says:

    Yeah for Maggie’s and HaeNow – they are 2 of my suppliers, so I can’t be happier that certification is finally happening for clothing!

  3. bibicoclothing says:

    this is a great development we run a fair trade clothing company in the uk and it has been very frustrating that there has not been a cerifications that encompasses both farming and the factories. Hopefully this will also provide clarification for consumers also.

  4. Ted Ducote says:

    I’m looking for a Fair Trade supplier of blank organic cotton t-shirts, aprons, dishtowels and tote bags. Any suggestions?

    Thank you,

    Ted Ducote

  5. cbbaillie says:

    I am looking for a manufacturer who can make my patterns. looking for fair trade and if possible out of Costa Rica or Nicaragua. Is this possible yet?
    Thank you

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