New Zealand Organic Cotton Clothing: Green Fields Trading Company supplies certified and fairly traded organic cotton clothing


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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.

Ordering …
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.

Ian & Tracey Ferne | Green Fields Trading Company | Shaggery Road | RD1 | Motueka | New Zealand
Ph. 03 528 4563 | Mobile: 027 5284563  | Email: