Fair Trade USA (formally TransFair USA) have introduced the first US certification of clothing, to specifically protect cotton farmers. The certification is a two-year pilot test which aims to improve the conditions of workers and cotton farmers.
Today, the third-party certifier of Fair Trade products, launched the first US certification for Fair Trade apparel as part of a two-year pilot test, because the term “sustainable fashion” should mean more than just organic cotton or materials. It should include the working conditions and livelihoods of garment workers and cotton farmers as well.
Fair Trade ensures “cotton farmers receive a guaranteed minimum price to protect them from price fluctuations…” Hopefully, this guaranteed minimum price is significant enough to help the world’s subsistence cotton growers compete with the over-subsidized American cotton farmers.
How do you think this certification compares to that of Oxfam?