We have sourced our range of clothing
from a British Company called Bishopston
Trading Company who set up a
worker's co-operative in 1985 to create employment in the
Southern Indian Village of K.V.Kuppam. All employees receive
above average wages and are provided with full secure employment
throughout the year. Employees have a provident fund, retirement
gratuity, sickness benefit, access to health care and there
is a crèche available for employee's children.
Why choose organic cotton?
Organic cotton is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides
and insecticides. It is estimated that 50% of pesticides used
in India are used on cotton fields. As well as damage to the
environment, farm labours can suffer long term health problems
due direct exposure to the chemicals. Farmers also are thrown
into debt as pesticides and fertilisers are bought on credit
and debts cannot be repaid if the harvest fails.
Why choose Fair Trade?
Fair trade is an alternative approach to conventional international
trade, which aims to share the benefits of trade more equitably
between consumers, producers and the environment. Through
fair trade, farmers are paid a fair and stable price for their
produce so they are protected from the damaging fluctuations
in world market prices. In addition, their community receives
a social premium to invest in local development projects such
as education and healthcare. Workers are also paid a fair
wage, the use of forced labour and abusive child labour is
prohibited. Today, more than five million people – farmers,
workers and their families – across 58 developing countries
benefit from the international Fairtrade system.
The denim, calico and handloom fabric is woven
from organic cotton grown from non GM seed supplied by Agrocel.
This cotton is certified as Fairtrade by the Fairtrade Foundation.
The handloom cotton has irregularities which are part of its
character and do not affect it's strength. All fabrics are
machine washable at 40 degrees, and we recommend that customers
use liquid (rather than powder), environmentally friendly
detergent. Good quality non-azo reactive dyes which stand
up to machine washing are used and the only treatment to the
yarn is a rice water starch on the warp threads to enable
the weavers to span the looms - this will quickly wash out.
As with all natural textiles the colours will gently fade
over time but in our experience the colours wear very well
even under our harsh New Zealand sun. The cloth has been pre-washed
and ironed and will not shrink. Cotton is a material that will naturally wrinkle unless it is chemically treated. None of our organic cotton products are treated with any wrinkle inhibitors. Our white cotton is bleached
without the use of chlorine.
You can place an order by email, phone
or post. If ordering by phone, please leave your name
and number and we will return your call. At present we
can only accept payment by cheque made payable to Green
Fields Trading Company (non-negotiable) or direct bank
transfer. Please put your name and address on the reverse
of the cheque. When ordering please ensure you include
the item's style number, description, size and colour.
Orders will be despatched on
clearance of payment and we hope you will receive your goods within
10-14 days of placing your order. You will be notified
regarding any delays over 21 days.
Postage and packaging
Our standard post and packaging charge is $5.00 for deliveries
within NZ $10.00 for deliveries to Australia. If you would
like us to send part or all of your order to a third party
address (eg if it is a gift) just let us know. Receipts
and paperwork will be sent to your address. For deliveries
to more than one address, we will charge postage and packaging
for each address.
If you are not entirely happy with
one of our products, please let us know. We take all
possible care to describe and photograph items accurately,
but please be aware that as all items are handmade,
there will be slight variations in size, colour and
detail. If you are not satisfied with any item you can
return it unused within 10 days of receipt for an exchange,
refund or credit. For returned goods we will refund the
cost of the goods but not the postage. For exchanges,
the replacement items will be sent out to you free of
charge. Refunds can only be made to the person who made
the original purchase. Please retain proof of posting,
Green Fields Trading Company will not be held liable
for lost parcels.
This policy does not affect your statutory rights.
We always appreciate feedback - good
or bad. Please feel free to contact us with your comments,
suggestions or questions.