Sourcing & Supply | Fairtrade/community suppliers


Sourcing & Supply | Fairtrade/community suppliers

This group is for fairtrade, cooperative and community suppliers of fashion and textiles related products

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Printing the ethical way

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Comment by Katie Richardson on June 11, 2009 at 8:53
I am on the search for any UK based agents/suppliers of eco-fabrics such as bamboo charcoal, crabyon and seacell. Could anyone point me in the right direction as I am only looking for small quantities.
Thank You
Comment by Anupa Horvil on June 10, 2009 at 4:17
I am a british indian designer based in Ho chi minh city, vietnam. I am the founder of the luxury leather accessory brand a n u p a ( My work is sustainable, ecofriendly and ethical. I have been working in vietnam for 10years and have access to a range of supplier and manufacturing contacts. I am interested to help anyone who needs any support in being ethical and sustainable, I have a sourcing team who can also help with any requests.
Comment by Ellen Agger on May 12, 2009 at 9:48
TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles works with rural women's weaving groups and development projects that work with village groups in Thailand and Laos. We use fair trade principles (not yet accredited, but planning to apply after being in business 2 years). Lots of challenges in working in this part of the world: language (although my partner speaks Thai); different ways of doing business (no "just in time" production, as handweaving an order of 12 silk scarves takes 2-3 months); different business tools used (they're masters with mobile phones, but don't use the internet at all, as they don't read or write English and have limited access to it); variations in natural dye colours (which makes custom orders interesting but difficult if we're doing it for a customer who is used to chemical dye consistency); and it goes on. However, the groups we buy from, particularly the silk producers, are facing uncertain futures with competition from cheap "silk" from Vietnam and China; as well, the weavers are generally older women whose daughters and granddaughters are not interested in continuing these generations-old traditions. It's fascinating work and we're hoping to make a difference, at least to the groups from whom we buy. All this work is home-based work and produces a secondary income to women who primarily work as rice farmers.
Comment by Anna on April 14, 2009 at 21:13
I'm new to EFF and still exploring all its possibilities. We at Bishopston Trading specialise in Fairtrade organic cotton products and cloth by the metre. I'm currently involved in organising a large conference in Bristol entitled, Cotton On, all about the cotton industry. Its on May 9th and there's a strong emphasis on fairtrade. Barbara Crowther of Fairtrade Foundation will be speaking, as will Abigail Petit from Gossypium, Monica Philbrick from Traidcraft and my boss Carolyn Whitwell. They'll be plenty of opportunity to discuss and network with different organisations in the field. Please do come along.

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