|Eco Criteria Series Part II: Fair Trade|
|Written by Magaly Fuentes-Sagan - Thursday, 12 January 2012|
There is no single, universally adopted definition for fair trade, however, an informal network of four fair trade labeling organizations (Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International, World Fair Trade Organization, Network of European Worldshops and European Fair Trade Association), also referred to as FINE, has established the following definition:
Fair trade has existed since the 1940s and 1950s with the initial efforts of an NGO called Ten Thousand Villages first establishing fair trade supply chains within developing countries. For those who are not familiar with the term NGO, it is a non-governmental organization that is not a typical for-profit business and usually has a broad social aim with some political aspects. The goods sold mostly at fairs through the early Ten Thousand Villages projects were typically simple handicrafts. Since first introduction in the 40s and 50s, fair trade has evolved and expanded its influence in many ways:
Overall, the eco fashion movement has brought accountability to the forefront and fair trade is a fundamental component. In order to continue efforts toward world improvement through fashion, fair trade principles must remain at the center, tenaciously dealing with biases and discrimination, ensuring equality and facilitating efforts toward a more sustainable future.
Stay tuned for Part III of the Eco-Criteria Series, a closer look at organic fibres, materials, methods in the manufacturing process, and certification processes involved. For a full outline of what is to come within the Eco Criteria series, read our 'Intro To Eco Criteria' article.
EFW US based writer Magaly Fuentes-Sagan has a broad range of interests spanning art, fashion, travel, environmental issues, health and wellness. With an AS in Fashion Design and a BA in International Business and Marketing as well as a comprehensive fashion career that has included couture bridal design, sportswear product development, visual merchandising, buying and marketing management, Magaly brings the scope of her experience and passions to her written work.
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