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Fair Trade: The First Step

How is your clothing made? This new short film investigates why choosing Fair Trade Certified clothing is an important first step toward changing the garment industry, through the lens of Patagonia's partnership with Fair Trade USA.

The program is simple: For every Fair Trade Certified™ item the supplier sews, Patagonia pays a premium. The money goes into an account that the workers control. This is not a top-down program but one run in each case by a democratically elected Fair Trade worker committee that decides how the funds will be used, whether designated for social, economic and environmental community projects like private health care or a child care center, or as a cash bonus that gets workers directly closer to a living wage.

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