27 Apr '16, 2am

Fair Trade U.S.A. Wants to Keep the Fashion Industry Honest

As a vehicle for economic parity, “fair trade” is a designation that most people associate with coffee, chocolate, or bananas. Three years after a factory collapse in Bangladesh killed 1,134 garment workers, however, Fair Trade U.S.A. wants to apply similar standards to the clothing industry. As the leading third-party certifier of fair-trade products in the United States, Fair Trade U.S.A. does more than ensure fair wages. The nonprofit’s trademarked Fair Trade Certified designation takes into account factors such as a brand or manufacturer’s environmental impact, workplace conditions, and management-employee engagement. To help us understand more about fair-trade fashion in general, and Fair Trade U.S.A.’s work in particular, Ecouterre turned to Maya Spaul, the group’s director of apparel and home goods.

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/fair-trade-u-s-a-wants-to-keep-t...

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