Little Green Radicals: Fairtrade Pioneers
Whether you use cloth or disposable nappies for your child, you won't be able to resist this collection. The fact that the clothes are made from 100% organic and fairtrade cotton is just one of the many reasons why we are thrilled to welcome Little Green Radicals on board!
Why do Little Green Radicals only use Fairtrade cotton?
How does Fairtrade benefit farmers?
# Economic benefits
A fair price - Fairtrade farmers get paid a guaranteed minimum price, plus they have more bargaining power to work together and get a better price for their cotton.
Extra money - On top of this, farmers received the Fairtrade premium. This is an additional sum which goes into a communal fund for the farmers to use as they see fit.
Productivity - Fairtrade farms have better yields and crops through organic training, shared knowledge via cooperatives and investment.# Environmental benefits
Protection - Fairtrade sets standards to protect the environment, including carbon reduction, water and soil quality, water management and no GMO’s.
Training - To encourage environmentally friendly practices, like developing nutrient-rich soils and encouraging wildlife to help control pests and diseases.
# Social benefits
Empowerment - Fairtrade farmers usually work together as a cooperative. This helps to gives them more power to negotiate better prices for their cotton.
Equality - Fairtrade Standards are designed to prevent gender inequality, increase participation and empower more women to access the benefits of Fairtrade.
Community - The extra premium benefits the whole community. Democratically elected representatives choose how it's spent and it is a really important part of Fairtrade.
How does Fairtrade work?
Want to know a bit more about how our clothes are made? Here's a wonderful video from the Fairtrade Foundation that explores where cotton comes from and some of the difficulties faced along the supply chain. It highlights the difference we can make to people’s lives through our buying choices.
Adapted from: https://littlegreenradicals.co.uk/pages/fairtrade-pioneers