When it comes to fair trade, customers often think of coffee, chocolate, and bananas - not clothing. Clothing is a multi-trillion dollar global industry with vast networks of complex supply chains. In the United States, clothing consumption has doubled over the past 15 years. We wear each piece less often and dispose of them more quickly. But the fair trade system effectively addresses the apparel industry’s pressing concerns and shortcomings.
Here are five ways fair trade fashion makes a positive impact: