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Fairtrade uniforms come to Goldsmiths, University of London

January 25th, 2016

Goldsmiths, University of London have switched the uniforms for their maintenance team to Fairtrade cotton.

The maintenance team noticed a difference in the quality of their polo shirts. They’ve commented on how the polo shirts are more comfortable to wear, are cooler during the summer and are more durable – not wearing as quickly as our previous ones.

– Nicola Hogan, Goldsmiths, University of London

The uniforms were sourced from Fairtrade clothing supplier Koolskools, a new and dynamic ethical school clothing company.

The Goldsmiths Greening Officer was determined to have their maintenance team’s uniforms made from 100% Fairtrade cotton and  Koolskools  were the obvious supplier. Goldsmiths placed a small order to start with and after their logo size and colour was agreed, Koolskools got started on making their polo shirts. A little perseverance and determination by the greening officer was all that was required to get the deal done

– Nicola Hogan, Goldsmiths, University of London




The Fairtrade committee at Goldsmiths have also requested that colleagues who are in charge of ordering cotton tote bags for graduation, open days, etc, consider using 100% Fairtrade cotton tote bags instead of non-Fairtrade bags. The committee have added Allwag Promotions, a producer of 100% Cotton Fairtrade tote bags, to their approved supplier list.

We were delighted to supply polo shirts made with Fairtrade cotton to Goldsmiths. We congratulate them on taking this initiative to support vulnerable developing country cotton farmers and factory workers. Koolskools is hoping to build on this, its first sale of Fairtrade cotton garments to a  London university, in the coming months and years.

-Andy Ashcroft, Koolskools


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