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People often ask us this question and wonder if Fairtrade and Fair Wear are essentially the same. It’s certainly true that both are aiming to achieve the same objective of ensuring that the people who produce the goods we use every day are treated fa...irly for their work. There are, however, differences in the approaches used and the different parts of the supply chain who are benefiting. The focus of the Fairtrade Foundation is ensuring small producers receive an acceptable deal for their products when selling to large corporations. Concerned with a wide range of sectors (e.g. coffee, bananas, cocoa, cotton), the intention is to target and alleviate poverty affecting those at the bottom of the supply chain in developing countries. Aiming to create better and fairer working conditions for manufacturing workers in the garment industry, Fair Wear Foundation pays particular attention to brand accountability at the middle and higher end of the supply chain, looking to ensure brands take responsibility for the surroundings in which their products are produced. Membership involves agreement to a set of ‘labour standards’ which are as follows: More
Advice About Embroidered Clothing When deciding upon custom clothing for your team, business or club, you will need to make the decision on how you'd like your custom elements/design to be applied to the clothing. Traditionally, most will opt for a... traditional screen printed design, although digital printing is also increasing in popularity. Another option is embroidery; embroidered designs produce a high quality, professional result. Due to the timeframes and costs of embroidered clothing, it is better suited to smaller runs. Embroidered designs are typically smaller (for example, a 10cm square chest logo, rather than a full chest design). Clothing can be both embroidered and printed (for example, and embroidered logo on the front of the garment, and a screen printed design on the rear). What Type of Clothing? Custom embroidery is better suited to heavier garments, like polo shirts, jackets, hoodies, sweatshirts and high quality heavy t-shirts. More
About Softshell Jackets Softshell jackets are becoming increasingly popular on Britain’s high streets, and we are seeing increased interest in our range of outdoors clothing. With the recent popularisation of health, fitness and sports amongst those... of all ages (due in part to the London Olympics, and upcoming Winter Olympics), activewear is experiencing a rise in popularity and many brands are booming as a result. Outdoor Pursuits Although the weather in the UK is quite often not the best, we have acquired an obsession with outdoor pursuits. Our incredible countryside attracts tourists from across the globe, and encourages us to get out there walking, hiking, climbing, and cycling. Britain is home to some of the most stunning mountain ranges in Europe, including the Brecon Beacons, The Peak District, The Pennines, Snowdonia, and The Grampians - among others. According to The Guardian, the last few years have seen a huge surge in popularity of National Trust walking routes, with an increase of around 40% on downloads from the National Trust website. As well as hill walking and hiking, the UK coastal regions are also incredibly popular. With plenty of amazing coastal walks around Britain, people are attracted by the wildlife and scenery in these most beautiful areas of the country. As a result of this obsession with the outdoors, popular brands have emerged and flourished in the British market recently. Companies such as The North Face, Regatta, and Jack Wolfskin are now competing extremely well in the market and you can see their products everywhere on the high street as well as up mountains and along coastal walking paths. Although many of these brands have a long and established history, their outdoor activewear is now more popular than ever. More