Looking for a breezy summer dress that won’t strain your conscience or your wallet? PACT’s got you covered. The Boulder, Colo.-based clothing brand is adding two dress styles to its fair-trade-certified lineup: a jersey pocket, which retails for $30, and a stretch jersey wrap, which sells for $34. Made from non-genetically modified organic cotton, both items can be purchased online and at select Whole Foods markets. “Quality casual dresses are a staple in every women’s closet,” says Jeff Denby, founder of PACT. “As an apparel basics brand, this new category is a natural product extension for our customers.”
PACT’s collection, which includes everyday basics like underwear, socks, and T-shirts, is certified by Control Union according to standards maintained by Fair Trade U.S.A., the leading nonprofit, third-party certifier of fair-trade products in the United States.
One of the largest purveyors of fair-trade, organic apparel in the country, PACT produces its wares in India and Turkey, where it works with facilities it describes as “leader[s] in producing socially and environmentally responsible apparel.”
Like all of its offerings, PACT contributes a percentage of every purchase to a fund for its garment workers, who then vote among themselves on how to best spend the money. Typical uses, the firm says, include disaster relief, infrastructure improvements to their local community, or scholarship funds for workers’ children.
“This is not just another dress,” Denby adds. “It is fair-trade-certified and made with super-soft organic cotton. We want our customers to not only feel good in PACT, but also feel good about where PACT comes from.”