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Fairtrade & Organic Cotton Bedding

Fairtrade & Organic Bedding is now available!

We are delighted to bring you our range of premium 300 thread count, super soft sateen duvet covers, fitted sheets and pillowcases. They are available from our site HERE and all come in our signature packaging.

We decided that we are going to be that company that not only provides a great product but acts responsibly and fairly to our suppliers. We believe everyone should get a fair price along the supply chain and that is why we have sourced a great partner to produce our bedding in India.

They are a fully certified Fairtrade organisation along with being a 100% organic cotton supplier.

Below is some detail about this supplier and their process.

The state of West Bengal, India, has a history of violent labor union activity and strikes that have led to many factory closures and migration of the textile industry to southern India. Despite these challenges, unions in the area continue to aggressively protest unfair treatment and fight for much-needed changes in workplace conditions.

In this context, Rajat Jaipuria developed a progressive business model for his Cotton Mills. Among other benefits for workers, this facility has a positive stance towards unions and workers are represented by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU).

In the 1990s, Rajat joined his family’s textile business with an interest in exporting organic cotton textiles. He soon began to incorporate organic cotton into his factory’s products. Over the course of a few years, Rajat managed to convert all his production to organic cotton and by 2009 expanded his factory to include 250 machines. Rajat’s goal is for 100 percent of all his cotton exports to be not only organic but also Fair Trade Certified™.

This supplier 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 fertilizer and fabric scraps are taken from the cutting tables and recycled to produce paper.

The factory sources its cotton from Chetna Organic Cotton, a Fair Trade cotton project supporting 6,000 farmers. Rajat has been involved with Chetna since its inception in 2004, and Rajlakshmi now purchases almost all of Chetna’s Fair Trade and organic cotton for production and distribution to European markets.

The estimated 500 workers at this supplier to produce knit and woven apparel products, bedding and bath supplies, and accessories such as bags and aprons.

The Fair Trade premium has enabled our valued supplier to establish various social and productive programs for its workers which include;

Housing Allowance for Workers

Rajlakshmi provides a housing allowance equal to five percent of a worker’s wage to help pay for housing costs.

Eye Examination and Operation Site

The factory established an eye operation camp where workers and their families can get free cataract surgery.

Future Uses of Fair Trade Premium

Workers have identified several needs to address with Fair Trade premium funds in the future, such as emergency funds, small business loans and a clean drinking water supply for their communities.