Fairtrade Fashion

Three years on from the disaster in a clothing factory Dhaka, Bangladesh, there are still concerns about the impact of the clothing industry worldwide.

On Wednesday 20 April, the Fairtrade Foundation will be hosting a Twitter Q&A with Safia Minney MBE, founder of the pioneering Fairtrade fashion brand People Tree. Join the chat and post a question to Safia using the hashtag #FTchats.

Why do we need Fashion Revolution? How does Fairtrade contribute to fashion transparency?  What can we shoppers do to change the way the garment industry works?

Our Twitter Q&A in April will mark Fashion Revolution, a global movement (currently across more than 80 countries) that uses the power of fashion to change the story for the people who make the world’s clothes.

On 24 April 2013, 1,133 people were killed and over 2,500 injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Social and environmental catastrophes in the fashion supply chains continue. Fashion Revolution says enough is enough by challenging companies to take responsibility for the communities on which their businesses depend.

About Safia

Safia Minney MBE, pioneer and founder of Fairtrade fashion brand People Tree knows best the people at the beginning of the supply chain – cotton farmers and workers.

Safia started a real shift in the fashion world when she set up her brand over 25 years ago.  Along with schemes such as Fairtrade, she helped pave the way for fairer, more sustainable trading practices.


There are currently 26 Fairtrade certified cotton producer organisations representing 60,000 farmers.

Many cotton farmers live below the poverty line, but with Fairtrade they get a viable price and the Fairtrade Premium they can invest in vital social, business and environmental projects.  Watch this video to find out more.


Join in!

Join to chat and post questions by adding the hashtag #FTchats in your posts. We’ll get the chat going with some discussion points but bring your own questions too!

Not at your desk at 9:30am? – don’t worry. You can post your questions before the Q&A using the #FTchats hashtag.

Let your followers and fashion lovers know – post:

Join Twitter Q&A with #Fairtrade pioneer @SafiaMinney via @FairtradeUK 20 April, 9:30am BST #FTchats


Topic: Why transparency in fashion matters?

When: Wednesday 20 April, 9:30-10:30am BST, #FashRev Week
Where: @FairtradeUK, #FTchats
Audience: anyone anywhere, including campaigners, supporters, farmers, fashion labels, NGO, policy makers, and fashion lovers

There’s a prize too!

We have a prize up for grabs for the lucky #FTchats participant – a signed copy of Safia’s brand new book, Slow Fashion!

Chocoholic Helps Cambridge Celebrate Fairtrade!

barbara crowtherBarbara Crowther (@Chocoholix on Twitter) is Director of Policy and Public Affairs for the Fairtrade Foundation and self-confessed chocoholic! On Wednesday 11th May she will be joining community leaders from across the city for an evening celebrating support of Fairtrade in Cambridge. Local councillors, schools, universities, hospitality, retailers, employers, faith communities, places of worship, campaigners, community organisations & Fairtrade supporters are all warmly invited to attend.



Paul Gans (Cambridge Fairtrade Steering Committee) said: “We hope to see a big turn-out for our event on the 11th May; Barbara is an inspiring speaker and will, I am sure, persuade us all to find even more ways to support Fairtrade in the city.”


“We have been a ‘Fairtrade City’ since 2004 and have learnt what difference it makes for world’s most vulnerable communities by making farming viable and generating vital economic benefits.“


Adam Gardner (Communities Campaigns Manager, Fairtrade Foundation) said: “Farming is the backbone of the world. It’s simply wrong that whilst farmers work hard to produce what we eat so many of them should go hungry themselves. Shoppers in the UK can change this by making choices that help ensure food security for farming communities in developing countries; be it buying Fairtrade or campaigning against trade policies that can disadvantage farmers.”


Visitors will be able to sample Fairtrade products whilst listening to Barbara. Wine, nuts and other delicious snacks will be supplied from a range of Cambridge suppliers including: Co-operative Food, Liberation Nuts and Zaytoun.

The event will take place on 11th May, in the Great Hall at the Leys.  Arrive at 7pm for a 7.30 start.  Please contact paul@cambridgefairtrade.org if you would like to register your interest in attending the event.


A Palestinian History Tapestry

The Palestinian History Project uses traditional techniques to capture the history of the Palestinian people.
Learn about the project:
Saturday 12th March 2016
2.30pm to 4pm
Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge.
You’ll have a chance to have a look at the work and enjoy Fairtrade produce from Palestine, including Zeytoun olive oil.
More here: https://pht2012.wordpress.com/

Leys School Pupils Support Fairtrade Campaign

Leys FashionThis Friday was Fashion Revolution Day, the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in which 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Leys Fairtrade Pupil Committee says “enough is enough” and they invited the school community and online followers to “join the revolution”!

“All we ask is that you take a photo,” explains Erica from @LeysFairtrade “just choose one of your favourite garments, take a selfie showing the label then share on social media – tagging the manufacturer, adding the hashtag #whomademyclothes”

This campaign is global, with 71 countries involved so far and the hope is that people find out more about the people behind our clothes – from who spun the threads, to who sewed them together, to who grew the cotton in the first place. Together we can use the power of fashion to inspire change and reconnect the broken links in the supply chain.

For more information, you can visit www.fashionrevolution.org or follow @Fash_Rev on Twitter.


Choose Products That Change Lives

Providing for our children to planning for an uncertain future – these are universal challenges that people face across the world.  See the Fairtrade Fortnight web page for more about how Fairtrade can help change lives.


Fairtrade at the Post Office

You know they sell stamps and offer a range of other services, but would you think of shopping for Fairtrade at the Post Office?  Perhaps not.

But think again.  The Post Office are selling an increasing range of Fairtrade goods via their online site.  From coffee to chocolate to tea and sugar – you can find their selection here.

post office

“If we were to wake up and be told that fairtrade was gone, that would be a disaster for us”

Watch the new film for Fairtrade Fortnight:


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