27 Apr

8 Of The Best Fair Trade Fashion Brands In The USA

You might already buy Fairtrade coffee and chocolate, but what about fair trade clothing? Choosing a fair trade fashion brand can help protect producer’s rights and the environment. Here are some of our favourite US labels who are doing a world of good, while looking great.

Fairtrade or Fair Trade?

There are a number of fair trade organisations around the world that provide guidance, support and certification for brands that want to operate in a fair way.  In the USA the two main bodies that certify fair trade are Fairtrade America and Fair Trade USA. On top of that, brands can choose to belong to organisations such as the Fair Trade Federation and the World Fair Trade Organisation.

Why is fair trade important?

By buying these products, you are helping to alleviate poverty in developing countries, ensuring that workers are being paid fairly, are working under humane conditions and have sufficient labor rights, as well as encouraging sustainable methods of production.

Here are our top fair trade brands rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ on the Good On You app!

PACT

Rated: Great

For comfy, sustainable cotton basics, look no further than PACT. More that 50% of the brand’s products are made from Fairtrade-certified organic cotton and almost all cotton used in its products is Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified, so you can be sure that they were made under fair conditions with the wellbeing of people and the planet in mind.

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Arkins

Rated: Great

Arkins is a womenswear brand dedicated to producing comfortable, quality, sustainable fashion in Manhattan.

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Shop Arkins.

Patagonia

Rated: Good

Patagonia is an industry leader for ethical outdoor wear. While their whole range is not fair trade-certified, the brand does offer a Fair Trade collection, which includes a range of jumpers, bottoms, t-shirts, board shorts and bikinis. Patagonia is committed to sustainable and transparent practice, using a high proportion of eco-friendly materials in its products, tracing most of its supply chain, and making progress towards ensuring payment of a living wage across its supply chain.

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Loomstate

Rated: Great

Inspired by the wild, Loomstate creates quality apparel for men and women made from 100% GOTS-certified, Cradle to Cradle certified, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified and Global Recycle Standard certified organic cotton. That’s a lot of certifications! The label is Fair Trade USA and Social Accountability International (SA8000) certified, which implements strict standards across the supply chain, including prevention of discrimination, payment of a living wage, worker health and safety and working hours.

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Ash & Rose

Rated: Good

Made in the USA from eco-friendly materials, Ash & Rose create easy-chic pieces for the modern romantic. The brand uses only recycled materials to create its products, which significantly reduces its carbon footprint and saves materials that would have otherwise ended up in landfill. While not all of its pieces are made using Fair Trade practices, the brand offers a Fairtrade range of clothes, bags, scarves, and jewelry.

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Passion Lilie

Rated: Great

Passion Lilie creates affordable, ethical fashion for both women and men. The label is a Fair Trade Federation member, and follows fair trade principles by providing dignified employment to artisans in India, a high risk country for labor abuse. Passion Lilie also cares about the planet, using a proportion of eco-friendly organic cotton and plant-based dyes in its products, as well as air-drying it’s fabric during the manufacturing process.

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Mata Traders

Rated: Good

Mata Traders create a beautiful range of vintage-inspired, artisan-made clothing and jewelry. All of its products come from artisanal cooperatives in India and Nepal which focus on gender equality and female empowerment. Mata Traders is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

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Indigenous

Rated: Good

Indigenous creates organic and fair trade clothing for men and women that feels good and does good. While not Fairtrade-certified, the label says it follows a model based on World Fair Trade Organisation standards, supporting artisans in South America by offering fair wages, zero interest loans, free skills training, access to clean water, low-cost childcare, and much more. Indigenous uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, including GOTS and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified organic cotton, as well as free-range Peruvian alpaca wool.

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Do you have a favourite Fairtrade product or brand? Let us know in the comments below!

Editor's note: Feature image via Arkins. Images via brands mentioned. Good On You has big plans for ethical fashion in 2019! To support our work, we may earn a commission on sales made using our offers code or affiliate links.

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