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.
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.