I have had my eye on this apparel company for a few years now and am super impressed with their continued commitment to their mission, which is to uphold high environmental and ethical standards in the face of an increasingly unsustainable and unethical fashion industry.
Founded in 2009 and based in Boulder Colorado, PACT is committed to producing affordable organic clothing, without toxic dyes or pesticides. All garments are made with GOTS certified organic cotton and in Fair Trade USA certified factories or in countries where Fair Trade certification is not necessary because of strict workers rights laws.
We know that Fair Trade is important because it ensures that workers are in good conditions, have bargaining power, and get a variety of other guarantees that improve their lives and communities. So let’s reiterate why organic is so important:
Conventional (not organic) cotton uses about 16 percent of the world's insecticides and, according to the World Bank, approximately 20 percent of the world's industrial water pollution comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles. Additionally, conventional cotton often requires the use of pesticides which increase the burden of debt on the farmer and leaches into the land and water. Stress on the farmer and stress on the environment.
Organic cotton however uses up to 95% less water than conventional cotton during the wash phase and doesn’t contain the harsh chemicals, bleaches or dyes that conventional cotton uses.
PACT has used organic cotton as a bridge to impact farmers and workers by producing many of their garments where organic cotton is grown. Much of the world’s organic cotton is produced in India and PACT uses this an opportunity to better the global community. All of PACT’s apparel that is made in India is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and made with Fair Trade Certified™ organic cotton. Many of PACT’s garments are made from cotton sourced from Chetna Organic – a cooperative of 15,000 organic cotton farmers in India who practice non-GMO organic agriculture. Chetna works to improve livelihood options for small farmers by making more sustainable and more profitable farm systems, and providing the farmers access to ethical cotton markets. PACT’s efforts not only improve the lives of the cotton farmers and workers in India, but also empower their consumers worldwide to support these efforts through their purchases.
PACT believes in the power of the consumer, both individually and collectively, to change the face of the fashion industry. As questions are asked about who made our clothes and how our clothes were made, we as consumers become more aware of the impact of our decisions. Once we understand that what we buy makes an impact, we are more likely to to choose an impact that empowers people and protects the environment.
I personally have chosen PACT in the past and have been very satisfied. I have several pairs of underwear that have been in rotation for over a year (TMI?) and frequently steal my boyfriend's PACT sweatpants because they are the softest thing around. While adding their products to the marketplace I found sooo many more things that are now on my wishlist
You should probably do yourself a favor and hop over to the marketplace to check them out as am honestly overwhelmed. It is all organic, it is all fair trade, it is all reasonably priced. And it is sooooo soft.
Check their stuff out on their website (here) and in the marketplace. xo