All Grown Up. Fashion Graduates Into the World of Fair Trade with Topshop & People Tree Partnership. Second City Style Fashion Blog

December 19, 2006 • Magazine

We know about the perils of sweatshops and the conflicts with wearing fur and although we’ve seen Fair Trade plastered across our coffee beans in Trader Joe’s we’ve probably never seen it in a clothing retailer. But that’s all about to change.

People_tree_1 reports that People Tree, a Fair Trade, ecological clothing company based in the UK is partnering with the legendary UK retailer Topshop (also in NYC) to create a capsule line. People Tree works with 70 Fair Trade groups in 20 developing countries, helping people from some of the world’s most marginalized communities use Fair Trade to escape from poverty. But what exactly does Fair Trade mean when it comes to the clothing industry? This is the lowdown on what appears to be the next trend in the industry:

People Tree’s Fair Trade Policy
To pay producers fair prices
To make advance payments when needed
To promote traditional skills
To promote rural development
To operate with transparency

People Tree’s Eco Policy
To promote natural and organic cotton farming
To avoid using damaging chemicals
To use natural, recycled and biodegradable substances where possible
To recycle where possible
To protect water supplies and forest pictured from the current collection)
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–By Joanne Molina of Second City Style Fashion Magazine

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