Cotton On Conference celebrating World Fair Trade Day

cotton-on-conferenceOne of my favourite ethical fashion retailers, Bishopston Trading Company,  is organising a conference to explore and debate the many ethical issues surrounding the world’s most popular fibre – cotton.

The conference aims to bring together campaigning organisations, retailers and businesses, certification bodies, designers and researchers with the aim of sharing information and discussing important issues.

Bristol Fairtrade Network, Oxfam SW and Soil Association are also involved with this one day conference, taking place on May 9th.


There are workshops taking place throughout the day covering topics such as whether Fairtrade is enough, organic myths and realities, production methods and sustainable design.


Speakers throughout the day include Lucy Siegle; ethical living and environmental journalist for the Observer, Robin Maynard; Campaigns Director from the Soil Association and Barbara Crowther; Communications Director from the Fairtrade Foundation.


The event is sponsored by Howies and Bristol City Council and tickets cost £12 (£8 concessions) which includes lunch and access to all the speakers and workshops.

It promises to be a great day, full of inspirational speakers and life-changing information. The Cotton On Conference takes place May 9th at The Council house, Bristol from 10am to 4:30pm


  1. Wendy on May 7, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Please tell me you’ll be doing a follow-up to tell us what was discussed at the conference! It sounds wonderful, I wish I could attend!

  2. Mrs Green on May 7, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    @Wendy: 😀 I am unable to attend, Wendy, but I will try and get a follow up post from George – the owner of Bishopston Trading 🙂