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by Mike Holly
More and more clothes on the high street are carrying the label for Fairtrade
Cotton but how much do people actually know about it? What are its aims? What is it and equally important what is it not?
This has to be the elimination of poverty through sustainable farming. That’s it pure and simple:-
What does it do?
It guarantees them a sustainable cotton price to cover the full costs of growing cotton as well as allowing them to invest in the future. It also helps put money into community projects by paying a small premium over the true farm gate cost.
Is this the same as Organic cotton?
No, not necessarily. The two are often related but they are independent of each other.
The cotton industry is huge…so surely the farmers must make a profit?
No, this is a common misconception. Cotton which costs 30 cents from the farm can end up as a $20 T-Shirt.
Do they still grow cotton in America?
Yes, the farms are automated and the American government erects tariffs and provides subsidies to protect their farmers. Foreign governments generally do not do enough for their own farmers.
I have seen Fair trade Coffee. Is that the same?
It’s the same idea, but for Coffee.
Will I pay more for goods with the Fair Trade label?
It depends. Ideally you will pay the same price as we believe that the Fair Trade
label is a positive selling point and traders who use it will recoup the extra cost by selling more.
Well there are plenty of references on the internet. For instance:-
Corporate clothing is now available in organic fairtrade cotton - Andrew Parrini has, for many years, supplied quality corporate clothing but he has recently started to offer clothes made from organic fairtrade cotton.
* Article provided by Mike Holly of Dark Sea Web Design Limited
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