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prAna introduces Fair Trade Certified women's tee
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Dec '10
Taking socially conscious fashion to a new level, prAna is proud to release the women's Soul T, its first Fair Trade Certified garment.

Consistent with the brand's mission to offer products with “purpose,” prAna has partnered with Fair Trade USA to support and promote the Fair Trade Certified Apparel and Linens pilot. The Spring 2011 release of this new women's Tee is the first in a line of fair trade items to come and puts prAna among just a handful of manufacturers offering Fair Trade Certified apparel in the United States.

Previously no standard existed to recognize apparel made using Fair Trade standards. Shoppers had no way of knowing if the clothing they were buying was manufactured in a sweatshop. Thanks to Fair Trade USA— the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the US—clothing carrying the Fair Trade Certified label now earn the same recognition for their socially conscious efforts as goods in more than 20 other categories.

Teaming up with Fair Trade USA was a no brainer for prAna. The company's Co-founder and Trendologist Pam Theodosakis supported the initiative from the beginning. "This spoke directly to my heart,” she said. “I love the idea of being able to give back to people in need because really we are all one and connected."

prAna's Soul T is manufactured by the Liberian Women's Sewing Project and meets Fair Trade principles. These include:

• Fair price to farmers for their goods
• Fair labor conditions and wages for farm and factory workers
• Direct market access eliminating unnecessary middlemen
• Democratic and transparent organizations
• Community development
• Environmental sustainability

“These women are doing something out of the box in their country,” adds Theodosakis. “They are truly making a difference and this translates internationally for women's empowerment and rights.”

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