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The People Who Grow the Cotton for our Fairtrade & Organic Clothing

I thought you might  like to know about the people who plant, care for and harvest the cotton which we use in our Cotton Roots clothing.  After all that’s what Fairtrade is all about – having a connection and supporting people at the start of the cotton chain – the farmers.

The reasons I love Fairtrade and consider it the “Gold Ribband” of ethical certification is because I know where every step of the manufacturing chain takes place.  Including the cotton farmers, the weavers, knitting mill, dyers and manufacturer of the actual garments.

The cotton for our range of Fairtrade and Organic Polo Shirts, T Shirts, Hoodies, and Tea Towels is all grown in the Indian state of Odisha by Pratima Organic Growing Group.

The cotton for our Cotton Roots clothing grown by Pratima Growers group
The cotton for our Cotton Roots clothing grown by Pratima Growers Group

We work closely with Sreeranga (Ranga), who is on the centre left picture above. Ranga often spends time with the cotton farmers and is vital to create the link between you, our supporters and customers, our team at Cotton Roots and the cotton farmers.

The cotton farmers have a Facebook page and I thought it would be a great idea to let our customers know about it.  Maybe you can contact them and thank them for their top quality cotton? Or post some photographs showing the clothes you have which has been made with their cotton? This is the Pratima Facebook page.

Go on make the connection to the people who grew the cotton for you and who you try to support through Fairtrade.

Really enjoyed this article written by Sureel Singh who is a Fairtrade Liaison Officer and worked with the farmers. Transformation journey for Pratima Cotton growers.  It gives a really good insight into the project and the great progress being made.

 

Fairtrade Certified Hoodies in Stock

It has been quite difficult – but finally we have our new stock on the way.  Just a few more weeks.

Yes in October the result of lots of hard work is paying off.  Our hoodies will not only be Fairtrade certified but they will also be made with certified organic cotton.  We have designed the hoodies so that they will be particularly suitable for students and university student uniongroups in particular.  We have found htem to be one of our top customers and particularly committed to Fairtrade clothing.

We will have available black, navy blue, red and royal blue.  These will match our range of polo shirts and t shirts.  I am excited by the quality.  It is my passion that Fairtrade garments must be very good quality.  I wanted them to better than the average hoodie available, still be a good price and most importantly that we can supply the same garment reliably over and over again.  I think we have achieved this so once again it is exciting times at Cotton Roots.  You can take a look at them here fairtrade, organic hoodies 

Organic polo shirts chosen by Sauce Consultancy

Sauce Consultancy are environmental communications experts.  They help their clients get their environmental message across.  Whenever we supply garments to them they always give us great designs to work with which reflects their expertise.

They chose organic polo shirts for their staff which we supplied printed with their design.  Each bottle in the design matches one on their website, and each relates to an area of expertise.

Organic Polo Shirt Printed with Sauce Design

“Bee Lovely” Organic T shirts supplied to Neal’s Yard Remedies

I have recently spent a Saturday on a “keeping bees” workshop.  It was riveting. I loved it. Sue Bird ran the workshop and as she has fifty bee hives she certainly knew her stuff.  But it was obviously more than a business for her and she loved her bees.  I came away loving them too and full of admiration for them.

Did you know that the worker bees are all female. That the queen bee makes one mating flight in her life and that the drones all think yipidy do da and race after her, elbows sharpened, in full buzz,  to try and be “the one?”  When the hive gets too full the old queen if slimmed  down again (by feeding her less) so that she can fly again.  She will then leave the hive taking a swarm with her and leaving a young queen in her place.

I wish Sue had a website I could point you in the direction of  – her workshops are so worth going to.

Anyway back to business.  Just at that moment Neal’s Yard Remedies came along and asked us to supply organic yellow t shirts. Printed with their “Bee Lovely to Bees” design.  You see they have a campaign to help the endangered honey bee and have an online petition which you can sign here.  They want to promote banning particular pesticides which directly impact Bees.  SIGN UP!

Supplied "Bee Lovely" Organic T shirt

Jenny worked hard on this order and the final result was certainly very effective. It was great that Cotton Roots organic t shirts were selected for this promotional campaign. We are proud to have supplied Organic and Fairtrade garments to another outstanding company. I was especially rewarding that it was right at the time I was learning all about keeping bees. 

Gave us a Buzzzzzz here at Cotton Roots 🙂

Honey Bee in flight with full pollen sacks

Fairtrade School Uniform

I have a skip in my step.  Simple things make such a difference.  Finding new ways of doing things here which improve the way we work.  A delivery which excites us.  A new customer with a wonderful design.  Ah happy days.

We had a delivery recently – directly from India full of our top quality aprons made with Fairtrade certified cotton. These are loved by the artisan manufacturer for example making speciality breads, sweets, pies. 

eing They boxes always arrive literally “stitched” up.  Take a look at the photograph.  There is no chance of these boxes being tampered with.  It’s sort of wonderfully “not mass produced” , so effective and looks very interesting.

I am always childishly pleased when I look at them and open them.  Ahhhh the joys of changing our company into an ethical specialist. 

Delivery of Fairtrade Aprons "stitched up" in cotton

Organic Embroidery – Soil Association Approval

Helpful Soil Association

Good news again!  We seem to be going through a purple patch of good news. YeHa!

We have been in touch with the Soil Association and we think we can be the first “UK t shirt embroiderers to be certified as organic.  Whoopee.  Helen is on the case and looking into the auditing we would need to do.  I have to say that the Soil Association has been so helpful and positive.  We already have so many things in place I am hopeful so watch this space as we work towards the certification.

I will update the blog as we progress through the certification, the ups and downs,  and try and give tips based on our experience for anyone else inerested in gaining certification.

THANK YOU to those people not only kind enough to read this blog – but to also take the time to leave such positive comments.  I am so thrilled. 🙂