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Ethically Manufactured and Fairtrade- How this makes a difference.


Ethically Manufactured and Fairtrade- How this makes a difference.

In this world of people wanting everything for the best price possible it may be worth sparing a thought for how this is achieved. There has been extensive media coverage of tragic incidents where working conditions for employees are low down on the priority list in order to produce items at the cheapest price possible but at what cost?

In April 2013 a clothing factory in Savar Bangladesh collapsed killing over 1,000 it appears that warnings over the building’s safety were issued but ignored and it is reported that workers were ordered to work. This is the true cost of our cheap clothing.

Another point to consider  is that it is thought that around 90% of clothing brands use child labour at some point during the manufacture of  their  products . Children are often sent out to pick the cotton as they have small fingers to better pick the buds.

By buying Fair trade products you know that employees are receiving a fair days pay for a fair days work in good working conditions. Prices paid for goods reflect the true cost of production

You are also helping farmers receive a fair and stable price for the cotton they produce. They also receive an additional amount which can be used to invest in community projects, such as building schools, health centres and improving water supply.


The British Association for Fair Trade shops + Suppliers (BAFTS) has produce the Ten Principles of Fair Trade

1 Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers 

2 Transparency and Accountability 

3 Fair Trading Practices . 

4 Payment of a Fair Price .

5 Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour 

6 Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Freedom of Association 

7Ensuring Good Working Conditions 

8 Providing Capacity Building 

9 Promoting Fair Trade 

10 Respect for the Environment 


Dandy Lions Child Boutique is situated in the small market town of Buckingham which prides itself of having Fairtrade Town status.

At Dandy Lions we stock goods from various Fairtrde and fairly traded brands.

Lanka Kade- beautiful hand made and hand painted wooden toys for children

Best Years- the Pebble range and Under the Nile range are Fairtrade brands of hand knitted soft toys and clothes for babies and children

We also stock clothing by Piccalilly who have Fairtrade status and support many projects for children in various parts of the world

Hooligan clothes are a Fairly traded brand from South Africa and support a scheme to empower women to have a career to support their families.

Frugi clothes are ethically manufactured and they ensure there is no use of child labour and that all factories involved in the manufacture of their clothing have SA8000 standard (Social Accountability standard)  plus more, for example, Frugi factories supply their workers and their families with  health insurance.

Kite Kids Brand of organic cotton clothes also ensure good working conditions for the people who make their clothes and ensure they receive fair pay for the work they do.

Mafana Kids is a Fairtrade brand ofbeautiful  hand smocked dresses from Madagascar.

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  • Jo Watson
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