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Sleep easy in our environment-friendly range.

What proportion of your life do you spend sleeping? Maybe up to one third? It makes good sense then to keep pesticides and other nasties out of your bedroom. In this selection of clean and green nightwear and bedlinen, you'll find many that are made from organic cotton, so no harmful toxins have been used in the production process.

Help end the pain for small-scale cotton growers.

It's tough work being a small-scale cotton farmer. Because rich producers – particularly from the EU and the US – receive subsidies, their cheap cotton can be dumped on world markets, leading to unstable prices. As a result, small-scale farmers in Asia, Africa and Latin America suffer dreadfully, many losing their farms and others even being driven to suicide. But it doesn't have to be that way.

How your support for Fairtrade cotton helps.

- Fairtrade guarantees a minimum price to cotton farmers. The minimum is set to ensure that it covers the cost of production and provides for a livelihood for the producers.
- On top of that a Fairtrade premium provides project funds for producer-cooperatives. The projects help boost education, health-care and training in their communities.

Fairtrade leads to a better environment.

Fairtrade standards encourage farming techniques that are environmentally sustainable. In traditional cotton growing there is a very heavy use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides and flood irrigation, all of which lead to soil degredation, impoverishment of the farmers and a polluted end-product. Instead Fairtrade environmental standards encourage rain-fed cropping, permaculture and organic production.

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Why buy from New Internationalist?

New Internationalist supports Fair Trade producers like Baladarshan. Fair Trade promotes a fair wage and fair working conditions, encouraging developing world producers to help themselves.

A little about Baladarshan: Baladarshan is a Fair Trade Organisation marketing the products of Chennai slum women working through the SPEED foundation.

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World Fair Trade Organization

World Fair Trade Organization

New Internationalist Australia is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, which means we have to stock a percentage of Fair Trade products, and also adhere to Fair Trade practices ourselves. Great for supporting producers rights, and also for our staff.

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