Finding fashionable clothes that are Fair Trade isn’t as difficult as it used to be. We’ve rounded up 4 Fair Trade clothing brands that are dedicated to selling Fair Trade clothing that considers the communities behind the products and the impact on our our environment.
Avatar is based in Santa Cruz, California. The company’s mission is to “design and create fun, fashionable, high-quality goods in a manner that is socially, environmentally, and economically responsible.” The company works with a Fair Trade factory in Kathmandu, Nepal. The products Avatar makes are made in a healthy and safe environment, and the people who make the products are “paid an above average wage.” The company sells women and men’s clothing, as well as accessories.
This $44 dress comes in three colors. It’s perfect for a late spring dinner out on the patio.
prAna was founded in 1992 and its headquarters is in Carlsbad, California. prAna is dedicated to selling apparel and accessories that are made using fewer toxins and chemicals than traditional pieces. The company also strives to consider the use of energy, water, and chemicals used in manufacturing. The company’s clothes are made with “organic cotton, natural fibers, and recycled materials.” prAna also helped “pioneer” Fair Trade Certified apparel. The company sells men and women’s clothing.
I’m a fan of the company’s Juniper Pant. Priced at $89, this would be a great piece for an early spring yoga class.
3. Maggie’s Organics
Maggie’s Organics also was founded in 1992. The company is totally dedicated to doing business that’s completely Fair Trade. Since the company’s start, it has worked to ensure it has “direct contracts with each of its producers,” and the company also supports “small family mills and worker-owned cooperatives.” Learn all about the company’s dedication to Fair Trade clothing, click here. Maggie’s sells women, men, and kid’s clothing. It also sells wholesale.
This organic skirt comes in four colors — two of which would look great in late March (the green and purple). Also: The price is right. This skirt is only $35.
Marigold works with a women’s co-op that has 200 women. The co-op resides in Mumbai, India. The company is dedicated to using sustainable practices and continues to uphold top Fair Trade standards. Marigold also uses organic fabrics and sells women, men, and kid’s clothing, as well as “home and gift,” and yoga items.
This beautiful, purple (or blue) tunic is a great piece for an overcast April day. Pull it on and have a coffee. Priced at $48.
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Image: Marigold Fair Trade Facebook photo, Nov. 28, 2014