In honor of World Fair Trade Day, I want to share one of my favorite fair trade clothing brands. Mata Traders makes trendy, comfortable fair trade clothing and accessories for women.
Mata Traders works to combat child labor, fight gender inequality, and empower women. This incredible company has partnerships with fair trade organizations in India and Nepal which allows them to train and employ hundreds of members from the community. Artisans receive a fair wage, health benefits, paid maternity leave, and more. There are opportunities for employees to move up to trainer, material buyer, or assistant production manager. Women in these fair trade cooperatives are not only given jobs, but are able to find their voice and empower each other. There is a strong sense of community.
This dress is one of my FAVORITE summertime dresses. It is 100% cotton and the perfect weight. It is light enough to keep me cool, but heavy enough so that it won’t fly up with the wind. The nautical print is perfect for summer. Artisans use techniques such as block printing and embroidery to create detail in each piece. Mata Traders clothing is premium quality and lasts for a long time.
Yes, fair trade can be expensive, but there are two things to consider:
- Shopping fair trade is just like shopping for any other brand. You have to shop it right and be aware! For example, sign up for e-mails to be notified of sales, search for promo codes, and check out the clearance sections. The dress shown in the picture was originally $80, but I waited for it to go on sale and got it for less than $20.
- The extra dollars make a difference. For example, a $5 shirt sounds like a great deal. However, the person who made that shirt might not be able to feed their family. Spending the extra dollar for fair trade products ensure reasonable wages and suitable working conditions.
It is wonderful that companies like Mata Traders are dedicated to improving lives of women. I encourage you to use your power as a consumer to explore fair trade clothing.
If you are interested in learning the importance of fair trade and the consequences of fast fashion, I recommend watching The True Cost. This powerful documentary can be found on Netflix, Amazon, and Itunes.
Photo credit: Jake Manning