Patagonia has got its full line of board shorts and bikinis Fair Trade certified. The move is part of Patagonia's broader drive to support workers, elevate communities and do work in an equitable way.
Fair Trade is a non-profit organisation which offers benefits to workers. Fair Trade Certified factories observe strict environmental norms. Patagonia’s swim and surf collection products are field tested by some of the best surfers in the world and incorporate recycled nylon or recycled polyester fabrics. Women's swimsuits and bikinis are printed using a laser process that minimises fabric scrap and waste. For every product made at a Fair Trade certified factory, Patagonia pays a premium that workers can use to elevate their living standards. The money goes directly to the people whose hands made that specific product. Premiums from Patagonia purchases have been used to fund child-care programs and vouchers for medicine and household goods.
In addition to the benefits paid directly to workers, Fair Trade certified factories are required to adhere to Fair Trade’s strict standards for safe working conditions and environmental responsibility.