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The Fairtrade organization works to ensure good working conditions for employees in developing countries and to ensure cotton farmers are properly paid for the cotton. The farmers also receive a Fairtrade premium, which is reinvested in the local community. For example, the premium can be used to build schools, roads or wells. As buyers of Fairtrade-labeled cotton, we signed a trade agreement in which we have committed to buying cotton for the coming year, which ensures a secure income for the farmers. We also reserve the cotton in advance and our suppliers prepay for the cotton we use to ensure a more even yearly income for the farmers, and to secure our quantity of Fairtrade cotton.

Fair Trade

The Fairtrade organization works to ensure good working conditions for employees in developing countries and to ensure cotton farmers are properly paid for the cotton. The farmers also receive a Fairtrade premium, which is reinvested in the local community. For example, the premium can be used to build schools, roads or wells. As buyers of Fairtrade-labeled cotton, we signed a trade agreement in which we have committed to buying cotton for the coming year, which ensures a secure income for the farmers. We also reserve the cotton in advance and our suppliers prepay for the cotton we use to ensure a more even yearly income for the farmers, and to secure our quantity of Fairtrade cotton.

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In contrast to organic cotton, conventional cotton accounts for 25% of the global use of artificial pesticides, but covers only 3% of the farm land. To obtain one kilo of conventional cotton requires the same amount of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and biocides.

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