I have liked the company People tree and it’s products for a while and I have a pair of organic cotton harem trousers from them that I love. I have based my research on People Tree and these trousers.
Raw Textile Fibre – cotton
- 100% organic cotton
- Workers paid fairly 30% more than conventional cotton as well as in advance for security
- Natural pesticides used (chilli, garlic and soap)
- Natural fertilisers used
- Intercropping for biodiversity with sunflowers and millet creates a natural barrier for pests as well as an additional income for growers
- Largely rain fed, saving precious local water sources
Finished fabric and production
- Hand woven / hand produced where possible giving it a small carbon footprint.
- Material sourced locally from natural and recycled sources instead of toxic, synthetic or non-biodegradable sources.
- Training given to artisans and producers to help sustain communities.
- Fair prices paid to producers.
- Fabrics dyed using safe, natural dyes.
- Shipped by sea
- Easy to clean and care for, but environmental impact is dependant to the garments owner. Eco balls or Ecover laundry powder or liquid has less environmental impact then biological perfumed laundry powder or liquid.
- Jersey fabrics don’t need ironing so saves electricity.
- Line dried to save power from tumble dryer.
- Can be patched repaired
- Can be reworked into something different.
- Shredded to create environmental safe, stuffing.
This has been an interesting exploration of the company People Tree and has made me more enthusiastic to continue to buy products from them. I believe that as a company they are as environmental and ethical as they can be. They make huge efforts to be conscious of every area and aspect of the impact of their business and improve as soon as there are ways to do so.