FAIRTEES - ETHICAL CLOTHES FOR EVERYDAY WEAR
ORGANIC, FAIR TRADE, PLAIN CLOTHING. EASY ON THE EARTH, EASY ON EACH OTHER, EASY ON THE EYE !
WHO ARE WE ?
We're a small, down to earth family-run business based in Pretty Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast. We've been operating since 2013, which back then the ethical and sustainability consumer landscape looked very different.
There just weren't many choices unless emblazoned with strong activist slogans. Of course we're totally behind speaking up for what you believe in, but also feel that what you wear doesn't need to be an overt 'statement' - but more a well-made, well fitting piece of clothing that you're proud to wear.
We operate as a sustainable business that is conscious of the environment, and takes responsibility for minimising our impact. We think this is the future of good business.
WHY CHOOSE FAIRTEES?
When we buy a tee, we rarely think about who stitched it together, how long it will last us, and how a profit is made. When you choose Fairtees, you can feel good knowing that the clothes you're buying are fashionable, high quality and ethical. We do the research (and the all important testing!), so that you don't have to. You can also feel good knowing that you're siding with a small business in Australia.
Our ethical clothing range (made up of garments produced by Belgian company Stanley & Stella) is skillfully stitched together in Bangladesh (93% of production occurs here), China (5%) and Portugal (2%). There are 4 garment factories used in Bangladesh, and 1 each in China and Portugal. You can read more about the organic and sustainable as well as ethical clothing production methods and factory conditions on our site. For an independent report of the annual auditing by the Fair Wear Foundation, covering details of Stanley & Stella garment factory conditions as well as progress towards the payment of a living wage for factory workers, please read our blog. You can also find all past reports of Stanley & Stella factory production performance by the Fair Wear Foundation.
The raw materials include Organic Cotton, Linen, Lenzing Modal® (beech fibre), Lenzing Tencel® (eucalyptus fibre & organic cotton blend), Recycled Polyester, and Polyester. The Organic Cotton comes mainly from India, the Linen (from flax) is mainly from France, and the Recycled Polyester and Polyester are both sourced in China. Over 50% of the wood, chips & bark used to make Lenzing Modal® and Lenzing Tencel® fibre is sourced from sustainable forestry in Austria, with the remaining wood sourced from sustainable forestry in 11 neighbouring countries - Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, France, Belgium, Romania, Ukraine, Croatia, Bosnia and Switzerland. Production of Lenzing Modal® and Lenzing Tencel® fibres occurs in Austria.
All of the thread used to stitch together Stanley & Stella garments is made of polyester, as cotton (even organic cotton!) is not strong enough.