Why Buy Fair Trade Clothing?

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In recent years, there has been a growing movement to understand where and how the goods we buy are made. Everything we purchase impacts the people who produce it and the environment where it is created. This is especially true in the fashion industry, which explains the rise of fair trade clothing.

What is fair trade clothing?

Fair trade clothing is produced in a way that prioritizes the well-being of workers, promotes sustainable practices, and ensures fair wages and working conditions. This means that the people involved in every step of the production process, from the farmers growing the cotton to the garment workers sewing the clothes, are treated fairly and ethically.

Passion Lilie is honored to be a member of the Fair Trade Federation, and we are committed to providing our hardworking artisans in India with fair pay and safe, uplifting working conditions. Passion Lilie and other fair trade companies – from clothing to coffee, chocolate, and more – believe in promoting trade that is equal, just, and empowering. Although we support all kinds of fair trade companies, we are particularly passionate about the answer to this one question: Why buy fair trade clothing?

The Impact of Fair Trade Clothing

  1. Supporting Fair Wages: By choosing fair trade clothing, you are supporting fair wages for workers. This helps to alleviate poverty and improve living standards in communities where clothing is produced.
  2. Promoting Eco-Friendly Practices: Fair trade clothing is produced using environmentally friendly and sustainable practices. This includes using organic cotton, reducing water and energy consumption, and minimizing waste.
  3. Empowering Communities: Fair trade empowers communities by providing them with opportunities for economic development and self-sufficiency. This can lead to better education, healthcare, and overall well-being for the people involved.
  4. Ensuring Transparency: Fair trade certification ensures transparency in the supply chain, allowing consumers to trace the journey of their clothing and verify that ethical standards are being met.
  5. Reducing Toxic Materials: Many fair trade companies use high-quality and eco-friendly materials—but more importantly, they avoid using harsh chemicals, dyes, and other unsafe materials. Passion Lilie is migrating toward exclusively using organic and natural dyes, which ensure the fabric is safe to wear and harmless to the environment throughout its lifecycle. These dyes are biodegradable and use less water to create rich hues for fabrics. Using organic, azo-free, or natural dyes ensures our artisans in India are not exposed to dangerous chemicals on a daily basis and keeps local waterways free of toxic runoff.

How You Can Support Fair Trade Clothing

  1. Look for Fair Trade Labels: When shopping for clothing, look for certifications or memberships such as Fair Trade Federation or Fair Trade Certified™, which indicate that the garment meets certain ethical and environmental standards.
  2. Educate Yourself: Learn more about the impact of your clothing choices and the practices of different brands. Support brands that are committed to fair trade and sustainability.
  3. Spread the Word: Share your knowledge about fair trade clothing with others. By raising awareness, you can encourage more people to make ethical and sustainable choices.
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Passion Lilie Fair Trade Clothing

Buying fair trade clothing is not just about fashion—it's about making a positive impact on the world. By supporting ethical practices and sustainable production, you can be a part of creating a more equitable and environmentally friendly fashion industry. In addition to being ethical and eco-friendly, Passion Lilie apparel is attractive, flattering, and high quality. At Passion Lilie, we love to see our customers embrace bold prints, classic styles, and stylish accessories. Here are some of our favorite pieces to make you feel great inside and out.

Wrap Dresses

From season to season, wrap dresses remain one of our most popular silhouettes. They’re timeless, flattering, and they come in tons of fun colors and designs. We have wrap dresses made from ikat fabric, modal, and organic cotton with hand block prints and hand screen prints. Whether you love floral, celestial, or geometric designs, we have something for you. Our wrap dresses are curve-friendly and great for nursing and pumping mothers.

Three models in Passion Lilie wrap dresses

 Button Down Shirts

Our men’s button-down shirts are another fan favorite. Gentle tapering at the waist with a straight and narrow profile and a broader fit in the shoulders gives our shirts the perfect fit.

Three men in Passion Lilie button downs

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