Where Do I Find Fair Trade, Sustainable Clothing?

Did you know October is Fair Trade Month?

Fair trade is one of the trendy words that draws positive attention and a sense of honor. But what is it really? The short answer is … Fair Trade signifies a company or product that focuses on eight components in their business practices:

  1. Poverty Alleviation
  2. Workplace Safety
  3. Environmental Conservation
  4. Water Access
  5. Food Safety
  6. No Child Labor
  7. Women’s Empowerment
  8. Education

All things we can get behind, right? And the good news is – buying fair trade and supporting businesses who operate with fair trade in mind doesn’t always cost more. It’s just a realignment of sourcing and profit distribution. Most of all, it does everyone involved a world of good.

Personally, I can’t say enough good things about the products I have purchased fair trade. The quality is top notch and the heart behind the products make me proud to wear them … or eat them if we’re talking about fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate.

Today, I wanted to share a few of my favorite fair trade businesses. I think you’ll love their pieces as much as I do!

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prAna is full of both exercise and fashion pieces, plus their line up of outerwear is both beautiful and functional.

Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 11.17.42 AMNoonday Collection offers the most gorgeous bags, jewelry and accessories. They just launched their holiday pieces so start browsing for Christmas – make it a fair trade holiday this year!

fashionableFashionable features the most gorgeous scarves and leather clutches – totally timeless pieces.

patagoniaPatagonia has you covered when it comes to all sorts of sustainable wear – kind of love this particular piece!

Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 11.28.35 AMTea Collection isn’t just for the kiddos! That’s right, their women’s line is absolutely stunning and totally ethical.

I’m always on the look out for more fair trade options, and even started a fair trade Pinterest board to keep track of all I love! So please comment with your favorite fair trade companies!

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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