The demand for fair trade clothing has climbed considerably in the last several decades, with more and more buyers focusing on the origins of the items they place in their shopping carts and eventually, into their closets. This couldn’t ring truer for the German market, where a new fair trade item is launched nearly every day. At Pitupi, we’re excited to be joining the movement to create fair and ethical products; we’re also happy to spread the word when it comes to fair trade. Here are three things you may not have known about fair trade clothing.
- Fair trade clothing can reduce the number of adults and children living in forced labor conditions worldwide. Unfortunately, the garment industry is no stranger to below standard working conditions for countless men, women, and children. One effective way to reduce forced labor in this industry is to support brands that operate safe, transparent, and ethical factories or workshops. A job in such a factory will give men and women a chance to learn new skills and to ultimately avoid dangerous and substandard working environments.
- Fair trade accreditation recognizes both the textile production phase, and the manufacturing phase. Certification from standards such as GOTS or that of the Fair Wear Foundation puts emphasis on the conditions in which a garment is sewn as well as the conditions in which its materials were harvested and processed. Since poor or unethical labor practices can occur at every stage of the process, the best way to be certain that an item was made fairly is to ask a retailer about its origins or to look for a label of certification.
- Pesticide-free materials save lives. Cotton that is grown using harsh chemical-pesticides can be linked to major illness and even death in rural, agricultural areas. Fair trade organic cotton is grown using organic fertilizers and natural pesticides, which may include items such as garlic and chili mixtures that keep pests away without compromising human health or the health of our planet. The result is a more sustainable product that benefits everyone.
So how can you support the free trade clothing industry? The answer is simple: by purchasing your baby clothes from a company that values ethical work practices. To learn more about Pitupi’s social footprint in the garment industry, and our commitment to fair trade, contact us or visit our website.