Fair trade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability,
and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
PRINCIPLES OF FAIR TRADE
The fair trade guaranteed minimum price covers the costs of production and provides a sustainable livelihood for cotton producers.
The fair trade premium enables co-operatives to fund projects that benefit the organization and wider community: business and agricultural training; drilling bore holes for clean water; building schools and clinics.
Fair trade producers benefit from advance payment and long-term relationships with buyers.
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.
Grown without any synthetic agricultural fertilizers or pesticides.
Never uses genetically modified seeds.
Conserves soil though crop rotation.
Retains water more efficiently due to increased organic matter in the soil.
Controls weeds through physical removal rather than chemical destruction.
Controls insects by maintaining a balance between “pests” & their natural predators.