FAQ'S

GENERAL QUESTIONS

WHAT IS FAIRTRADE CERTIFICATION?

Fairtrade is an alternative economic trade system that empowers farmers (via democratically controlled producer co-operatives, long term contracts and solidarity-based relationships.) It also protect them from volatile commodity market with a fair trade price floor that ensures a sustainable price is paid during downturns in the market. Finally it provides a social premium that is used for local, community driven socio-economic development. It can be identified by this mark on a number of products in Canada.

To watch a short video for a full explanation, please click here.

WHAT IS ORGANIC COTTON? (GOTS)

GOTS is recognized as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibers can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with minimum social criteria

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WHAT IS A CO-OPERATIVE?

A co-operative is a different kind of business. Co-op's are democratically controlled organizations run by their membership that follow a series of principles.

  1. Voluntary, Open Ownership
    Open to all without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination. You may shop, you may join, and you may leave the co-op at any time.

  2. Democratic Owner Control
    One Owner, one vote. Your voice will be heard.

  3. Owner Economic Participation
    Owners contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. The economic benefits of a cooperative operation are returned to the Owners, reinvested in the co-op, or used to provide Owner services. You control the capital.

  4. Autonomy And Independence
    Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their Owners. Together, you are autonomous.

  5. Education, Training And Information
    Cooperatives provide education and training for Owners so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperation. You can develop yourself into the consumer you want to be.

  6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
    Cooperatives serve their Owners most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, regional, national and international structures. You are more successful when you cooperate with others who know how to cooperate.

  7. Concern For The Community
    While focusing on Owner needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their Owners. You can do something for the community even as you keep succeeding.

Green Campus Cotton is owned and operated by the Green Campus Co-operative. We are a nonprofit, consumer co-op operating out of an educational institution.

FAIRTRADE VS MADE IN CANADA

While many great companies have taken up the charge to maintain well paid manufacturing jobs here in Canada, the bulk of garment production has moved to countries like China, India, and Bangladesh. In these emerging markets, most brands are attracted to low prices and lose labour regulation. As such, these countries have to compete for who can offer the lowest labour costs and loosest labour regulation. This is not the case in Canada.

We have a long way to go to end the exploitation of workers in emerging manufacturing markets. Fairtrade is one concrete way to  achieve those ends.

PRODUCT QUESTIONS

WHAT ARE YOUR STANDARD MEASUREMENTS?
WHAT KIND OF INK DO YOU USE?

We do in-house direct to garment printing which is one of the most efficient ways to use ink. We use Epson UltraChrome DG Ink which has passed the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 specification for human and ecological requirements for class 1 products. It is water-based.

ARE YOUR SHIRTS VEGAN?

Thankfully, most cotton-based t-shirts are indeed Vegan. Unfortunately cotton production is most definitely not a do-no-harm product. Cotton is actually the most chemical pesticide and insecticide intensive crop in the world! That's why we buy only Organic Certified garments from our suppliers.

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