My oh my, am I ever excited about this post! (Insert aaaallll kinds of happy dancing and general merriment here!) We are nearing the end of October and in case you didn’t know, October is Fair Trade month. If you aren’t familiar, this page has lots of wonderful info on what Fair Trade is and why it is so important. I’ve talked a bit about this here before, but previously it has been in the context of food and related products. If you’ve been reading for even a few months then you know that in addition to all things food, fashion is another interest of mine. With the growing movement in recent years promoting local food, ethical food production, etc., my awareness of other products and their origins is heightened. As a natural extension to this, I have started to think especially about finding Fair Trade clothing, eco-friendly clothing, etc. When the wonderful people at Fair Trade suggested a partnership to promote Fair Trade clothing, I was thrilled.

Honestly – how often do you think about where your stuff comes from? I think about this more and more, which is why I love being able to find Fair Trade items. The main premise behind the Fair Trade concept is to remember that behind every thing, there is a person, and every person deserves fair wages, as well as good and safe working conditions in jobs and environments that will help them and their families flourish. On that note, meet Annapurna Verma, an inspirational factory worker at Pratibha Syntex in India. Anna is a tailor and has worked at Pratibha Syntex for 3 years – her first job after graduating from school. About her job and the Fair Trade difference, she says, “I like working here. It’s a good system and we’re provided with great working conditions compared to other factories in the same field. I’m proud of the quality we produce at this factory. We are treated very well and can negotiate paid leave – recently, I took 10 days off to attend a friend’s engagement!” I love reading the stories of Fair Trade workers and I hope that the more exposure we can achieve and support we provide to companies doing the right thing, these stories will become the norm instead of the exception.

Now, a quick summary of the many Fair Trade items I received (and that you have the chance to win!)  I don’t know about you, but basic tanks are an almost daily wardrobe staple for me. I wear them under pretty much every shirt, sweater and even many dresses. Naturally, I buy a lot of them. These tanks from PACT are so great! They are high quality, organic cotton and I am really excited to have a Fair Trade source for these now.

PACT also offers Fair Trade leggings – Perfect since now that we are entering fall and winter, these too are a multiple-time-a-week staple for me. I’ll definitely be stocking up on these ASAP! They are super soft and comfy. They offer lots of other great items as well – underwear (hey, we all need it!) and the baby items look adorable. Definitely keeping those in mind for any friends or family that have babies soon!

Okay, you all know of my love of shoes. I am beyond excited to have found Oliberté, a Fair Trade source for footwear! I received the above pair and was honestly a little skeptical before they arrived. I couldn’t quite tell how they were going to look, if they would be well made, etc. Guys, I cannot say enough good things about these. They are insanely comfortable and so cute! I am definitely going to buy another pair in a second color (you know me, I just couldn’t resist the gray.)

In my work environment (i.e. cold hospitals), I’m either A) already wearing a cardigan or B) have one within 5 feet of me in case of sudden freezing everything. Naturally, I was really excited about this gorgeous sweater from prAna. It is so comfortable and soft and I love the drape of it. They offer all kinds of stylish yoga and lifestyle apparel, and I’ll most certainly be purchasing some of their tanks and bra tops for my yoga and barre classes. Yay! Their winter coats and jackets also look great. I just realized my big puffy coat is now 13 years old and it is probably about time for an upgrade. I know where I’ll be shopping!

Here, a brand you probably already know and love – Patagonia now offers Fair Trade products. This wrap is going to be so perfect for lounging and errands on chilly fall and winter weekends. If you see me any time in the next few months and I haven’t taken it off, sorry/not sorry.

Who can resist a good bathrobe? PJs and a comfy bathrobe are made for lazy weekends with popcorn and hot cocoa at night and pancakes or waffles in the morning. Truth. Under the Canopy offers sustainable apparel and home items including these lovely bathrobes. These can actually be found at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Great!

Boll and Branch is an awesome retailer offering Fair Trade sheets, throw blankets and more. This cabled throw blanket is seriously gorgeous and would make a great gift for the holidays. Who can resist a beautiful snuggly throw?
So, a lot 0f info. I know! But it’s exciting stuff knowing you can make mindful purchases and help make a difference in someone else’s life. Be conscious and look for the Fair Trade label when you shop!

Want to a chance to check out these awesome products and win a Fair Trade Style Share box for yourself? You can win an incredible Style Share box including all of the products above! Also, West Elm is now offering Fair Trade certified rugs and entering below also offers you a shot at the grand prize, a West Elm rug. How fantastic is that? 

Here is your chance! Enter below.  Good luck! 

Fair Trade Giveaway (powered by Rafflecopter)
  • Natalie Stachon

    Thank you for highlighting this incredible organization. Their products look amazing, and who wouldn’t want to support their life-changing mission?! Kudos to you for sharing! Christmas shopping list = done! :)
    On another note…your Jack Skellington cake inspired me to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas last night with my husband. He’s a huge Tim Burton fan and was floored when I suggested we watch it because I’ve always said “no way!” In the future I will still be saying “no way!” lol…..but I still had a great time being exposed to something I normally would not have watched, and it made for a fun night at home with my man.
    Hope you have a great day!

  • annieseats

    Thanks Natalie! I agree, my goal for Christmas shopping this year is all Fair Trade or local/small shopping.

    Too funny about The Nightmare Before Christmas. At least you tried it! I have to say, I wasn’t too fond of it initially but it has really grown on me. Maybe next year you’ll find yourself wanting to watch it again ;)

  • Amazing giveaway! I have a few prAna items in my closet and I love every single one of them! :)

  • Angela

    This makes me so happy. I’ve been following Fair Trade on Instagram for awhile now and I just love their approach of education. I am so grateful you are committed to supporting this organization and posted about this. Annie, you’re rad. :)

  • What a wonderful thing to highlight Annie! I’ll definitely enter

  • Guest

    This whole post makes me so happy. Thank you for blogging about this great organization.

  • tara

    I suppose i’m a bit confused on “fair trade”. Who regulates what is considered fair trade ? i read both of the links you had above and I guess i’m just not sure i fully understand. Obviously the concept seems great and makes perfect sense but sometimes i wonder about labels like this and how you can get more information on what it really means. I would compare this to something like “cage free eggs’. In my mind it means natural birds running around outside laying eggs here and there. But in reality it can mean they only need to be provided some access to outside (like an open door), etc. What does the fair trade logo mean to you i guess is what i’m asking or where can i find out more. Thanks!

  • annieseats

    The Fair Trade USA organization regulates any product/company that is going to bear the Fair Trade label. You can read more about their standards, guidelines, etc. on the Fair Trade USA site

    If that doesn’t answer your question, I would recommend contacting the Fair Trade people for further clarification. They are very knowledgeable and friendly!

  • Linda M.

    Thanks for this post. I knew about Fair Trade foods, but was not aware of the clothing products. I will keep watching for this in the future.

  • Leanne

    Thanks for sharing! Have you heard of Noonday Collection? They are a jewelry & accessories company that partner with artisans from around the world. I have some of their jewelry and it is beautiful! I believe they are Fair Trade as well. I know you like fashion so I figured you might be interested! (I’m not affiliated with them in any way, just think they are a great company!)

  • thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I shop from fair trade vendors regularly. Hugs!

  • Melissa McRae

    Great highlight on an important concept. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah Townsend

    Such cool stuff!

  • annieseats

    Thanks Angela :) I agree, I think they are just wonderful!

  • Natalie F

    Annie did you find you needed a size up on the Oliberte shoes? They’re insanely cute and I want the hot pink pair but hate online returns!

  • annieseats

    I have heard of them but had forgotten about them. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Kate A.

    I know this is a food blog, but I would love to see your closet one of these days! I have a feeling it is well organized :-)

  • Susanne

    Thank you for sharing this. I am hosting my first Fair Trade jewelry party in 2 weeks!

  • annieseats

    Ha! It’s actually not so great right at the moment since we just moved. There are a lot of updates we would like to do to the new house and one of them is a master closet renovation. If we ever do, then maybe I’ll share :)

  • annieseats

    Hey Natalie, sorry for the delay but I had to double check the size on my shoes. I’m normally a 7 and I did buy their 37 (size 7 equivalent). They fit great for me – maybe just a touch loose, but I prefer that to the alternative. And now they are on sale so it’s great timing!

  • Ryann Williams-Rugg

    Who won the awesome basket….the girl in Montana who goes by Ryann Rugg?