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These Shirts Protect the Environment

The Problem

More than 10% of the world’s pesticides and nearly 25% of the world’s insecticides are used in cotton production.

The increased demand for synthetic fiber has lowered the price for cotton. Farmers now use more chemical fertilizers to increase yields.

The drive to produce subsidized cotton transitioned many farmers out of
multi-crop production and into mono-crop production. This process has been known to drain soils of their nutrients and reduce the resilience of the crop to disease and insects thus increasing the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

How We Help

The Green Campus Co-op buys 100% Organic cotton from Certified small-scale farms in India.

Not only are these farms doing no harm to the environments they work in, they are rehabilitating farmland that had previously suffer degradation by, pesticides and insecticides.

These Shirts Protect Workers Rights

What’s Wrong?

The ICCA estimates that average market prices
for cotton would be about 30% higher globally if there were no western subsidies.

Over 100,000 farmers in India alone go to the hospital for pesticide related illness from the cotton industry.

Thousands of farmers have committed suicide upon losing their farms to heavily subsidized western companies.

How we Help

Our manufacturer pays a fair price and we pay a fair price.

A minimum price for Fairtrade Certified cotton was set in 2004, this price is different for different regions however it always covers the cost of sustainable production.

If the market price is higher than the Fairtrade Certified minimum, we pay the higher price.

Our manufacturer pays a social premium on top of the fair price that the producer co-op democratically decides what to with.

These Shirts are Part of the New Economy

What’s the Problem?

Businesses traded on the stock market lose the ability to make ethical decision that don’t fit their shareholders priorities, which is almost always to maximize profit.

How we Help

We are a not for profit co-operative. We are collectively owned and operated by a board of directors made entirely of students and faculty.

We spend our profits building educational programs for students to learn about sustainable business, fair trade and how to build solidarity relationships with producers.

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