Playing Fair:: Fair Trade Kids Clothing

When possible, I like to buy Fair Trade items. Lots of us know about and care about items such as Fair Trade coffee and chocolate – anyone who’s read or watched information about how such seemingly everyday items are sourced in certain parts of the world knows that goods like chocolate and coffee, which we take for granted, are brought us in part by people who don’t get a fair go for the work they do. In fact they’re often treated very badly, paid very little and in worst cases, can suffer in ways we, munching on our chocolate or sipping on our coffee can’t even imagine.

For that reason, buying products sourced from organisations that treat their workers well is becoming increasingly the more responsible way to act.

Until recently I’d never thought of Fair Trade beyond items such as coffee or chocolate. I knew it must apply to other items but hadn’t given it much consideration. So when I came across the online store Playing Fair: Fair Trade Kids Clothing, I wanted to find out more. I learned about the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand and where to buy other Fair Trade products locally. I learned that Playing Fair is a business that sources and imports clothing that meets the Fair Trade standards.

And of course, it was exciting to buy some cute clothes that came from far away, knowing the creators had been treated well and paid fairly for their handiwork.  I bought two dresses and two shirts. Today, when Alice was here for a sleepover, I got a picture of her in one of the dresses. Rather, it’s a top, but I bought a bigger size for her so she’d get a couple of years’ wear out of it. Isn’t it adorable?

Alice taking a stroll

This is the Flamenco Top and at $15 I thought it was a total bargain! She’s got a little pair of shorts on underneath and I imagine a year from now, when she’s taller, it’ll work equally well as a top.

Playing Fair Dress

Owner of the Playing Fair online shop, Nadiah, told me she’s working hard at the moment to keep her own costs down by promoting her business through word of mouth. I like to think that Alice, looking as lovely as she does in her little dress from Thailand, is doing her bit for the fight for justice – she just doesn’t know it yet.

If you have little people to buy for, Nadiah has some fabulous stuff – there’s a dragonfly dress I bought for Alice, as well as some very handsome little shirts. I got one for Willem and plan to get more. I love how they’re a bit different to the run of the mill stuff that’s around for kids. I hope more and more stores like this begin to appear – it’s a wonderful idea.



18 thoughts on “Playing Fair:: Fair Trade Kids Clothing

  1. Love the dress. She looks so soft and lovely. Can’t wait to have my boys in matching shirts from the same shop! Perhaps they could wear them on Christmas Day!

    And – the prices are great!

  2. I think I do a good job with food and health & beauty products (it helps that Whole Foods does the homework for me) and with toys, except for the ubiquitous Legos. Our largest Christmas order was from a small, responsible company in Vermont with absolutely gorgeous products, and I always feel good spending money there. I’m sure I could do better in the area of clothes, though. Most of the boys’ clothes come from Lands End or Gap, because those are the two places I know I can get the slim sizes that fit them. Both sites have “social responsibility” sections with vendor codes of conduct. So I suppose I could be doing worse, too.

  3. I just found that shop, too; it was a click on the side of Facebook. I did the FairTrade challenge a while ago, and found lots of fairtrade stuff (not much yarn, though) but I’m definitely going to be buying some girl stuff from that shop.

  4. Alice makes a great spokesmodel. She looks so comfortable and adorable in that dress/top. We are learning to look for where things come from and how they’re made. It makes shopping harder sometimes but it’s worth it in the end.

  5. It’s so important to support this kind of thing wherever we can, I especially like fair trade clothes, bags etc because they’re usually helping women too. And its such a bonus that some things, like that dress, are just totally adorable. So great to see Alice happy among the choose!

  6. What a charming spokesmodel she makes!

    There is a similar company in America called Deva. The sewing is done at home so women can earn a living and still care for their families. The fabric is fair trade imports, the prices are excellent, and the product is awesome. I ordered a pants and top set, and asked to have the pants cut extra long to fit me, and the nice lady I was dealing with called back and said they would like to cut the top and pants from the same bolt of fabric so the dyelots would match, but that would take an extra week. Did I mind? Talk about attention to detail! Of course I didn’t mind. I wore that outfit to death!

    Everyone who creates something puts a tiny bit of herself into her work. If she is happy and feels appreciated, she puts that into the work. If she is miserable and abused, that’s what goes in. Fair trade things stand a better chance of bearing happiness.

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