Making a Fashion Statement: #WhoMadeMyClothes?
We obviously love clothes and fashion but we don’t believe this obsession should come at the cost of our planet or its' people. From the cotton farms to the textile factories that we work with, we are passionate about supporting the people behind our products and providing the transparency to you the consumer so you can feel good about what you wear. Here's our story.
Starting at the Farm...
We use Fair Trade Certified Organic Cotton in all men’s and women’s apparel that we make. The Fair Trade Certified™ seal is a signal that our cotton was grown with care by farmers working to build sustainable livelihoods and thriving communities.
We work closely on the ground with our cotton producers to ensure that the farmers growing our cotton work in safe conditions, protect the environment, build sustainable livelihoods, and earn additional money to empower and uplift their communities.
It’s simple: For every Fair Trade Certified product sold, Pact pays an additional amount of money into a Community Development Fund, which goes directly back to the community where the cotton was grown. From there, the community decides together how to spend the funds to improve their lives and meet their unique social, economic, and environmental needs.
At the Factories...
While it’s in our DNA as a company to treat the world’s people well, we also partner with Fair Trade USA, and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to certify our entire supply chain including the factories. Rightfully so, GOTS and Fair Trade standards are high when it comes to protecting the industry’s people. Well beyond the obvious, "no child labor" and "minimum wage compliance," our factories are audited to ensure safe working conditions, proper pay & benefits, maximum working hours, overtime compensation, and incentives.
We also look for ways that our passionate customers can actively contribute to the well-being of our cotton farmers as well. Recently, we launched a “Make Change With Change” feature on our site. During the Pact checkout process, you are able to donate a dollar to the Chetna Organic Cotton Cooperative. Chetna represents more than 25,000 family farmers spread across Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Orissa states in India, many of whom derive their entire livelihoods from as little as a single acre of land. Chetna’s mission is to help these small, rural households to advance their living standards by promoting organic agriculture.
Every quarter, your generosity goes to support specific initiatives that Chetna is passionate about. See where your donations have gone here.