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    Cotton Farming Empowers Women in India

    23 April 2019 by Fairtrade International - Interview with Phulme Majhi, chairperson of the Pratima cooperative

    In the remote Bolangir district in the Odisha state of eastern India, the Pratima Organic Growers Group farm sustainable cotton. The cooperative is made up of 2088 individual members spread across 72 villages. Until now, they received little contact from the outside world and lived in relative poverty.

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    Dear fashion brands, what are you waiting for?

    22 April 2019 by Rossitza Krueger, Textiles Manager at Fairtrade International

    Fashion brands, we have some questions for you. It's been three years since Fairtrade launched its Textile Standard and Program so workers in the industry can enjoy better wages and conditions. But the big players in the fashion business are still reluctant to sign up. Why?

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    How to Dress Head-To-Toe with Fairtrade Cotton & Why It Matters

    19 April 2019 by Naledi Sekgapane, Operations Assistant, Fairtrade America

    As the saying goes, “when you look good, you feel good”. But when you purchase ethical products, you not only look and feel great, but you’re also part of a major movement towards resolving issues in the fast fashion industry. By choosing Fairtrade certified cotton, farmers and workers are paid a fair price and as a result able to invest in their communities and protect their local environment.

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    Kick Off Your Sustainable Fashion Journey with Fairtrade Cotton

    25 April 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager

    Interest in sustainable fashion is booming as the Fashion Revolution sweeps the globe, but don’t forget about the small-scale cotton farmers at the beginning of most supply chains.

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  • Cotton Farmers - Who Made My Clothes - Fashion Revolution

    Why I’m Standing in Solidarity with Fashion Revolution to Ask Brands #WhoMadeMyClothes

    23 April 2018 by Subindu Garkhel, Fairtrade Foundation

    Fashion Revolution Week, April 23-29, is a call for change in the fashion industry. Subindu Garkhel, cotton manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains how we’re all connected to the often-invisible farmers and garment workers who make our clothes. Fairtrade America joins in asking brands #WhoMadeMyClothes?

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    Continuing the Conversation: An Interview Nazma Akter

    24 April 2017 by Nazma Akter, garment worker and worker's rights advocate

    While the struggle continues for fair treatment of the workers who make our clothes, there are signs of improvement over the past year. Nazma Akter, a garment worker and founder of the AWAJ Foundation, shares with Fairtrade America.

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    Fairtrade Joins the Fashion Revolution

    22 April 2016 by Rossitza Krüger at the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK

    This blog originally appeared on the Fairtrade partner zone of Guardian Sustainable Business (GSB) on April 20, 2016.

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    Transparency, Responsibility, Change, Revolution

    21 April 2016 by Stefanie Colish, Licensing Manager, Fairtrade America

    Each year on the anniversary of Rana Plaza, civil society, advocates and consumers sing these words in hopes of ending human rights abuses that plague global supply chains. As a member of civil society and an advocate for greater transparency, responsibility and a revolution, these words speak to me as well.

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