What is Fairtrade cotton? How is it different from ordinary cotton?
Cotton is vital to the global textile industry and to the social and economic development of developing countries. There’s no difference in quality between Fairtrade cotton and normal cotton. The real difference is that the person at the very bottom of the textile supply chain who has grown the cotton has been paid a fair price for his crop. It is not the finished fabric or item of clothing but cotton itself which is Fairtrade certified.
Improving the livelihoods of cotton farmers in the developing world
At the start of the supply chain, small-scale cotton farmers find themselves at the sharp end of injustice within the global trading system.
Fairtrade certified cotton is made from cotton grown by small farmers. Such farmers, like many other agricultural commodity producers, are at the sharp end of exploitation and injustice in international trade. Fairtrade certification brings them the guarantee of a minimum price plus a further premium to be used for community development projects.