How Your Purchases Empower
So often when we hear the term “fair trade” we immediately think of “fair wages” and I would venture to say that is where most knowledge of ethical fashion ends.
While wages are a critical aspect of making our clothing more “fair” for those who produce it, much more is needed to ensure the positive impact enabled by our personal fashion choices lasts. Thankfully, our Fair Trade Certified™ production partners know this firsthand and as a result create a more holistic approach to caring for makers.
To illustrate what this looks like in practice, we wanted to highlight one of our production partners in India, Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills. In addition to safe and fair working conditions, they have access to additional funds via the Community Development Fund (or “Providence Fund”), as well as subsidized meals, onsite healthcare, and MORE.
We at KNOWN SUPPLY believe clothing can be a tool to positively impact the world. That’s not to say that purchasing more clothes — or more than we need — is the answer to creating a more equitable world for ALL… but it’s a better option than being naked.
In case you are curious about the impact of Fair Trade Certified garments during the time of a global pandemic, you can read this previous article…