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Oct 9
The Rise of Fair Trade Clothing
Recently I’ve taken a keen interest in “fair-trade” clothing, meaning clothing that is made in factories where workers are paid a fair living wage.  I became aware of this issue not too long ago when Gap decided to stop doing business with factories abroad because of forced labor and child labor.

It’s a growing concern among many people, I’m sure.  It’s such an issue that there are now fashion companies popping up more and more that sell exclusively fair-trade clothing.  Recently a group of ex-Land’s End employees came together to launch a company called Fair Indigo.  The executives of Fair Indigo have searched high and low for factories that treat their workers well. 

Just imagine having to work in a factory where you only make $1.50 a day sewing garments.  Put yourself in their shoes and keep that in mind the next time you go shopping.  When you think about the bigger picture, you’ll understand that many companies are a bit greedy, eh?  Which is one of the reason why I never pay full retail price...

This month is fair trade month, so celebrate by supporting those companies that value fair trade!

Source:  ChicagoTribune.com

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Yes, but how about how Gap, Inc. treats their own employees here? Do you know that there is a salary cap for retail staff? It's low, let me tell you!

I think I can understand the salary caps. From a manager's perspective...they don't want people to be just comfortable where they're at. The way it was explained to me is that they want you to aim higher and want to move up instead of just being content in your position.

I knew someone at Nordstrom who was a salesperson for seven years. Management kept pushing him to move up - but eventually he left the company. Nordstrom also has salary caps too, by the way...However, they also work on commission as well.

I would like to help small companies who try to make fair trade, sweat shop free and organic clothes ;)

And there is this website:

www.rainbowfactory3000.com

I love their products. Especially their hoodies and their smiley t-shirt;)
And i like the fact you can order whatever you want...different styles and colors. That's cool!

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