Fair Trade & Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
What is Fair Trade Certified?
When you see a product with the Fair Trade Certified™ seal, you can be sure it was made according to rigorous social, environmental, and economic standards. People making Fair Trade Certified goods work in safe conditions, protect the environment, build sustainable livelihoods, and earn additional money to empower and uplift their communities.
Why Fair Trade?
When you choose to purchase Fair Trade products, you are endorsing an economic system that provides opportunities for international farmers, artisans and workers to lift themselves out of poverty. Fair Trade seeks to enable economic development through equitable trading partnerships. Fair Trade ensures consumers that the products they purchase were grown, harvested, crafted and traded in ways that improve lives and protect the environment.
- Income sustainability
- Individual and community well-being
- Environmental stewardship
Fair trade provides a way for producers, businesses, and consumers to help make a positive change, for themselves and for others, every day. Learn more about the movement at www.fairtradecertified.org.
What is Global Organic Textile Standard or GOTS?
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognized requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
Why Organic Cotton?
Organic farming provides for the sustainability of the environment and caring for the global community.
Organic cotton crops do not use harmful chemicals like synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. As a result, it doesn't poison the water, soil or air keeping farmers and their families safe from health problems caused by the chemicals in cotton farming. It also means farmers grow more than one crop which supplements their food and income.
Organic cotton is also more comfortable to wear. Organic cotton has more soft natural fibers since it hasn't been treated with harsh chemicals. Also, organic cotton can be weaved thinner making it more durable.