Our garments are not Fair Trade certified. Since we work with a relatively large number of small producers all over Thailand and each company would have to be certified individually with corresponding costs, this is unfortunately not affordable for us and of course the small companies cannot afford it either.
In principle, we would like to do that and have dealt with the matter, but with all our understanding of the desire for fair trade goods, a look behind the scenes was sometimes quite sobering. It is clear that certification bodies are remunerated accordingly for their performance. We might be wrong, but if you took a closer look, you had the impression that some certificates were relatively easy to acquire. We are not really convinced that some of the advertising slogans based on the motto "100% vegan cotton certified by XYZ" make sense.
So what is Jing Shop doing right then?
We drove hundreds of kilometers through northern Thailand on our moped and were able to establish contact with some small tailors over the years. We don't push prices or want volume discounts. By purchasing directly from production communities, the money goes directly into the hands of producers and communities. No middlemen, no fees for more or less sensible certificates let us (and of course you as potential buyers) contribute to the continued existence of the communities on the one hand, but also pass on reasonably realistic prices to you on the other.
If you absolutely need a fair trade seal for that good feeling, we recommend buying from other sites that sometimes advertise it very prominently. Will you get a different product than on our site? Sometimes I'm a little skeptical about that.
I would like to summarize the following points again.
Whenever possible, we buy from small production groups and tailors in the rather structurally weak north of Thailand
Child labor is prohibited in Thailand
By purchasing from the producers, the money usually goes directly to the communities
no producer is certified by a fair trade organization - but some are OTOP companies
all of our products are Made in Thailand and not imported from China
Even if there are always opportunities for improvement, we are firmly convinced that by trading the products we are making a small contribution to ensuring that people in their communities can continue to live and work and, in the case of fisherman pants, for example, a cultural asset is maintained.
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