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FREESET

We are the exclusive Canadian distributor for Freeset.

More than a stitched piece of fabric, Freeset t-shirts and bags tell a story of freedom. For hundreds of women trapped in bonded labour and human trafficking. Freeset is in the business of restoring what has been stolen. Women given the opportunity to choose a new job and regain control of their lives in a caring community. Making Freeset Products is part of a women's journey to freedom. To her friends and neighbours among the thousands still trapped in the sex trade, she is a symbol of hope.

Your purchase helps provide more than 300 Women with a fair wage through the production of certified organic cotton t-shirts and bags.

Freeset is accredited as "Fair Trade Guaranteed" by the WFTO and was last audited on 15 November 2015

 

 

COMMONGOOD

Working together to make a better world for us all. It’s hard to answer all the worlds problems, but it is easy to be part of the solution. In buying Common Good products you are part of a movement of consumers who care about the people and the places where the product is made, as well as the quality of the product they are buying.

We think this should apply to business as well. 
We don’t employ people so that we can have a business.
We have a business so that we can employ people.
People need jobs. Jobs that not only feed and clothe them, but jobs that encourage them, develop them and help them reach their potential and dreams.
We don’t employ just any people, but the battlers of this world. Those that life hasn’t always been kind to, yet they continue to fight for the common good of their family and their community.

Most of our people have travelled in various ways to end up in Kolkata.
At some point, either themselves or their families had to choose to leave their homes in the hope of a better life in the city. But the big city offered a hope that it didn’t deliver on.

They now live on the banks of one of Kolkata’s open drains.
Within the structures of substandard housing, poor sanitation and lack of jobs, they have created a vibrant and joyful community where together they look out for each other and choose to celebrate whenever they can.

They continue to hold to the hope that they came with. Hope that they can find good jobs. Hope that they can provide for their families, educate their children and look forward to the future.

Together, this is still possible.
And by doing this together, we all find a new way of being in the world, where good is more common for us all.

 

 

RAJLAKSHMI COTTON MILLS

Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills is based in Kolkata, India. The organisation was set up in 1934, and they are a pioneer in organic garment manufacturing in India. Seeking to combine high quality tailoring with a fair deal for farmers and workers, Rajlakshmi use mostly organic and Fair Trade cotton as well as other sustainable fibres such as Tencel, Modal and Linen. The cotton is certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), FLO-Fairtrade and Fair Trade-USA.

The Rajlakshmi Cotton Mill sources its cotton from Chetna Organic  Cotton, a Fairtrade cotton project supporting 6,000 farmers. Rajlakshmi orients its production around sustainability; it is  certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and reuses 50 percent of its waste water. This is achieved by  collaborating with dye houses and installing reverse osmosis machines. Sludge is converted into fertiliser and fabric scraps are taken from the cutting tables and recycled to produce paper.

 Worker Benefits and Community Projects

 - Education for workers
 - Children eye examination and operation site
 - Free transportation to and from factories
 - 10% annual bonus regardless of profitability
 - 2 weeks of festival leave
 - Skills training for upward mobility
 - Subsidized canteen services

Rajlakshmi management and staff collaborate with a local NGO to calculate a living wage for employees every six months - and ensure that the lowest paid workers are paid above this rate. Wages are verified by independent third party audits to ensure compliance with Fair Trade USA standards.

In addition, 10% of Rajlakshmi shares have been gifted to the Chetna farmers, so the farmers now receive a share of Rajlakshmi profits.

Accreditations:

- Global Organic Textile Standard.
- FLOCERT (FLO ID 4512).
- SA8000 
- ISO 9001:2000
- OEKOTEX 100 

 

 

CHETNA ORGANICS - COTTON FARM

Chetna Organics is working with small and marginal farmers towards improving their livelihood options and making farming a sustainable and profitable occupation. We work with farmers from the rain-fed regions of Maharashtra, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh covering around 43,500 acres. From 234 farmer members in 2004 to around 35,852 in 2014, Chetna’s strength has been collective action and the fair supply chain. Chetna assists and works to improve farm productivity, promote food security, get better prices for their crops and invest in health, education and business infrastructure within their communities. A self elected association: the Chetna Organic Farmer Association (COFA) has been established with the assistance of staff and support agencies. COFA as a platform not only helps farmers to voice concerns, share space in the textile supply chain and understand its complexities, but also helps farmers to have a better negotiation position.

Our ethics and certifications:

- Global Organic Textile Standard.
- FLOCERT (FLO ID 4018).
- COFA (Chetna Organic Farmer Association)

  

 

FAIR TRADE

We are committed to fair trade ond only stock products from fair trade businesses. Our producers are members of the FLOWOFTO and the fair trade federation.  This means they are committed to providing fair living wages and a healthy working environment for all employees. Our producers wages are at well above the national minimum, and all staff receive training, health care, childcare and savings plans.

 

 

ORGANIC

Our raw materials are sourced from suppliers who use sustainable farming and production processes. They avoid the use of chemicals, hormones, and preservatives which damage the earth and are harmful to people.  When pesticides and fertilizers are used to grow cotton there is an extraordinary impact on the earth and on those who work it. We only use GOTS certified organic cotton, and a 100% GOTS certified organic process for dyeing.

 

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