Fair trade, organic and recycled school uniform in the high street
I’m not a fan of Tesco’s – they’ve been accused of Greenwashing a few too many times, so that now they’ve become a bit like the ‘boy who cried wolf’ to me.
Some of their policies aren’t exactly ethical, but I do like to believe the good in people, and that people are capable of change, so I’m sharing some news about them today.
Tescos are selling a range of recycled, organic and fair trade school uniforms which I felt obliged to tell you lovely readers about.
In their recycled range, Tesco are offering pinafores, shirts, fleeces and trousers that are made from polyester, manufactured from plastic bottles.
It takes six 1 litre bottles to make a skirt and seventeen to make a fleece. In total, Tesco reckon to have diverted over 40,000 plastic bottles from the landfill. In addition, of course, there is less reliance on oil when you reuse materials, which is a non-renewable resource.
Fair Trade and Organic
In their Fairtrade and organic cotton range, Tesco are offering shirts, trousers, pinafores and polo shirts.
We all know by now that if we buy Fairtrade, small scale farmers can get a ‘fair wage’ and no child labour will be used. This bring massive benefits to communities in cotton growing areas and empowers families to become more self sufficient.
More importantly, cotton is one of the most sprayed crops on the planet. It makes for hazardous work for farm labourers and destroys the eco system.
Buying organic cotton is better for you, the farmers and the planet. It helps to maintain the natural balance of plant and animal life and is a more sustainable crop. Tesco are using organic cotton sourced mainly from farming co-operatives in India.
In addition, Tesco are working with Save the Children. If you buy a pair of trousers from the ‘Save the Children’ range, Tescos will provide a school skirt, shirt or pair of trousers to a child in Kenya.
In Kenya many children don’t go to school simply because their families cannot afford a uniform, so by supporting this range of clothing, you can help change this.
What do you think? Is this an affordable solution to the expense of school uniform for eco friendly parents or another attempt at Green washing by Tescos?