Category Archives: Fairtrade School Uniform

School uniforms making children ill?

Here we are again thinking and learning.  I have had a number of telephone calls recently from parents worried about the school uniform their child has to wear made from polyester/cotton mix.  The polyester content has irritated the skin of the children.  Cotton is a naturally “breathable” fabric and is much kinder to the skin for both adults and children.  I certainly prefer cotton and wear it myself.

I then stumbled across the following article in “Wales online”.  Wales is my homeland and I enjoy keeping up with the news.  The article comments on the chemicals often applied to fabric to make it especially easy to care for.  It is sometimes called anti wrinkle or Teflon coated.   Perfluorinated compounds are added during manufacture and the World Wildlife Fund are worried about the effect of this man-made chemical on wild life.  It’s a really thought provoking article – School uniforms making children ill? 

Many schools choose polyester mix fabrics so that the garments can be washed very easily.  However the arguments for “just cotton” are significant, breathable, kind to the skin, wash at lower temperatures and if you add the Fairtade cotton as an extra reason then I think the decision should be a wise one.

Barn Owl
By the way on my way home form work Wednesday a magical barn owl accompanied me for about 200 yards.  It made me wonder………..what do I need to make wise choices about in my life at the moment.  Dig deep Susan.  But that’s for another day.

Fairtrade School Uniform News

Happy as well! - Boys of the village where our cotton is grown

Well we have great news.  I am pleased. Very.

We are about to introduce School uniform which is Fairtrade certified!  Hurrah.  To start with white, red and sky blue polo shirts, white t shirts, navy and red sweatshirts.  As more schools ask for more colours we will add them to the range.  Helen, Lisa, Natalie Jenny and I have been thinking about this for a while.  We already supply many schools with uniform and it seemed such an obvious idea to offer a Fairtrade option.

Of course nothing is that simple – I wish it was!  Supply, quality, reliability and stock holding, all need to be thought through. 

But here we are about to launch. 

 I am happy!

Fairtrade School Uniform

Fairtrade School T Shirts

Happy Fairtrade families

Well we have our thinking caps on here at Cotton Roots.  We have stock in five different colours of our Fairtrade and organic cotton T shirts in adult sizes – extra small – 2xl.  But we are thinking “Why not stock childrens sizes as well”?  It seems like a good idea but are there schools who would like them for part of their uniform? A Fairtrade School uniform.  Helen is investigating.  We are planning to ask headteachers of schools who are already Fairtrade  to see if they would be interested.  If you have any comments, thoughts, or suggestions please leave a comment for us.  All ideas gratefully received!