Shouldn't everything be fair? It seems kind of simple as a concept, but can be extremely difficult in practice.
Like many people, we became brutally aware of the problems in the fast fashion world in 2013 with the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. 1,134 lives were lost that day and over 2500 people were injured.
Our desire in the West for lots of clothing at very cheap prices comes with a very real and very large environmental cost but that pales in comparison to the social cost needed to produce these garments. Global estimates on modern slavery give conservative estimates of 21 million slaves in the world while others put that number at 46 million. The garment industry is one of the largest industries contributing to slave or near slave labor around the world.
On top of this may workers in the garment industry have either poor working conditions, low wages, impermanent contracts/no contracts, or all of the above.
That is why we only work with fair labor suppliers and manufacturers of our goods. Our goal is to work directly with small operations to ensure the fairest labor standards. For now we work with people who work with small operations. Each product we produce we will tell you exactly what suppliers we use and you can visit their site or get in touch with them. Don't just take our word for it, check them out.
If you think we could be doing more, let us know. If you think you know of some great manufacturers that treat their employees right, let us know. We are always looking for new fair trade suppliers.
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