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Bustle: What Makes Clothing Fair Trade Certified, So You Can Feel Confident You're Shopping Completely Ethically
06/09/2015 - 11:11 AM

Fair working conditions, safely structured buildings, and worker empowerment are just three of the 354 guidelines Fair Trade USA has structured to rule what makes fair trade clothing, food, home products, and everything else you buy actually fair trade certified. It’s a lot more than just calling an article of clothing fair trade that makes it actually free of unfair labor practices. According to Maya Spaull, the director of apparel and home goods at Fair Trade USA and Jenna Larson, senior manager of communications at Fair Trade USA, fair trade clothes or products is much more than sans-slave labor — it’s about the workers feeling empowered in their environment.

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