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Uzbekistan Cotton: Protect Your Brand

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In the pit of Central Asia one of the largest exporters of cotton Uzbekistan, is responsible for grave Human Rights abuses and the enforcement of child labor. During cotton season the country recruits over a million civilians to work in the fields without compensation. Schools are shut down and children along with working professionals are faced with torture and arrest if they refuse to pick cotton under the fatal working conditions.

Baroness Lola Young Joins the Aid by Trade Foundation Board of Trustees

Dedicated to Sustainable Fashion and African Smallholder Farmers
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British peer of the realm Baroness Lola Young joined the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) Board of Trustees on June 1st, 2013 and participated in her first board meeting Wednesday, June 12th. Led by AbTF’s founder Dr Michael Otto, the Board meets twice a year to ensure that the foundation’s overriding goals – improving socio-economic living conditions in Africa and promoting environmental conservation – are being successfully met. Baroness Young has already been active on behalf of the Foundation and its Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) Initiative as ambassador in Great Britain since February 2012.

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British peer of the realm Baroness Lola Young joined the Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) Board of Trustees on June 1st, 2013 and participated in her first board meeting Wednesday, June 12th. Led by AbTF’s founder Dr Michael Otto, the Board meets twice a year to ensure that the foundation’s overriding goals – improving socio-economic living conditions in Africa and promoting environmental conservation – are being successfully met. Baroness Young has already been active on behalf of the Foundation and its Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) Initiative as ambassador in Great Britain since February 2012.

Cotton Made in Africa Fashion Contest

Designer Africa T-Shirt Available at OTTO
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To mark the occasion of the Cotton made in Africa Fashion Contest, design student Michelle Thornhill created a t-shirt that combines traditional African prints with modern design. The shirt is available at the OTTO online shop since April 23. Under the “Design instead of Jute” motto, the South African convinced the well-known Cotton made in Africa Fashion Contest 2012 jury with her design for a dress made of raw cotton. She took first place over 21 other international contestants. Her prize was the opportunity to create a t-shirt exclusively for OTTO.

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To mark the occasion of the Cotton made in Africa Fashion Contest, design student Michelle Thornhill created a t-shirt that combines traditional African prints with modern design. The shirt is available at the OTTO online shop since April 23. Under the “Design instead of Jute” motto, the South African convinced the well-known Cotton made in Africa Fashion Contest 2012 jury with her design for a dress made of raw cotton. She took first place over 21 other international contestants. Her prize was the opportunity to create a t-shirt exclusively for OTTO.

Engelbert Strauss Supports Cotton Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa

New Cotton made in Africa demand partner
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Engelbert Strauss, the mail-order and retail company, is the latest Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) demand partner. The cooperation represents CmiA’s first entry into the important work clothes market.

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Engelbert Strauss, the mail-order and retail company, is the latest Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) demand partner. The cooperation represents CmiA’s first entry into the important work clothes market.

Vlisco Group Sponsors Cotton made in Africa

Dutch fashion fabric producer first partner to cover the entire textile chain in Africa
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Dutch fashion fabric producer Vlisco Group is to partner with Cotton Made in Africa (CmiA) and will be the initiative’s first partner to both produce and market its products to local consumers in Africa.  Initially this will be a traditional sponsoring relationship and CmiA and Vlisco will share marketing and communication resources.  For Vlisco Group, the demand for CmiA sustainable African cotton is crucial. Vlisco will be CmiA’s first partner to create a complete textile supply chain on the African continent.  The company will do this through Vlisco Group brands Vlisco, designed and produced in The Netherlands, and its three brands Woodin, Uniwax and GTP designed and manufactured in Ghana and Ivory Coast. 

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Dutch fashion fabric producer Vlisco Group is to partner with Cotton Made in Africa (CmiA) and will be the initiative’s first partner to both produce and market its products to local consumers in Africa.  Initially this will be a traditional sponsoring relationship and CmiA and Vlisco will share marketing and communication resources.  For Vlisco Group, the demand for CmiA sustainable African cotton is crucial. Vlisco will be CmiA’s first partner to create a complete textile supply chain on the African continent.  The company will do this through Vlisco Group brands Vlisco, designed and produced in The Netherlands, and its three brands Woodin, Uniwax and GTP designed and manufactured in Ghana and Ivory Coast. 

Guest Post: I have 52 Slaves!

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I recently found out that I am responsible for 52 slaves. With a son named Lincoln, that seems like something I should fix, given the other Lincoln's involvement in slavery.

Cotton Made in Africa: Exhibit Returns to Benin

Watson Photographs Find Their Way to Western Africa
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The exhibit “Albert Watson: Visions feat. Cotton made in Africa” returns to its country of origin in two ways: a selection from the heart of the show – the portraits of the Cotton made in Africa smallholder farmers – is currently on display in public spaces in Cotonou as part of the Biennale Regard Benin. Additionally, the models were presented with their portraits, which had already been shown in the House of Photography/Deichtorhallen Hamburg.

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The exhibit “Albert Watson: Visions feat. Cotton made in Africa” returns to its country of origin in two ways: a selection from the heart of the show – the portraits of the Cotton made in Africa smallholder farmers – is currently on display in public spaces in Cotonou as part of the Biennale Regard Benin. Additionally, the models were presented with their portraits, which had already been shown in the House of Photography/Deichtorhallen Hamburg.

Cotton Made in Africa Conserves Water and Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The small ecological footprint of African cotton
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Cotton made in Africa cotton has a considerably smaller ecological footprint than conventionally grown cotton. The Initiative’s sustainable cultivation methods reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 70 percent and save around 18,000 litres of water per kilogram of cotton lint compared to Pakistani cotton. The Systain consulting firm carried out a study on behalf of the Aid by Trade Foundation to determine the ecological footprint of Cotton made in Africa (CmiA).

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Cotton made in Africa cotton has a considerably smaller ecological footprint than conventionally grown cotton. The Initiative’s sustainable cultivation methods reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 70 percent and save around 18,000 litres of water per kilogram of cotton lint compared to Pakistani cotton. The Systain consulting firm carried out a study on behalf of the Aid by Trade Foundation to determine the ecological footprint of Cotton made in Africa (CmiA).

Cotton Made in Africa Works With Smallholder Farmers in Zimbabwe

Cotton initiative expands activities in Southeast Africa
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(Hamburg/Harare 21 November 2012) -  The Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) Initiative will begin working with around 30,000 smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe starting with the cotton harvest 2012/13. The objective here, as in the other six project countries, is to improve the famers’ living conditions. Zimbabwe ranked 173rd of 187 countries on the United Nation’s 2011 Human Development Index, making it one of the least developed nations in the world. 

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(Hamburg/Harare 21 November 2012) -  The Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) Initiative will begin working with around 30,000 smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe starting with the cotton harvest 2012/13. The objective here, as in the other six project countries, is to improve the famers’ living conditions. Zimbabwe ranked 173rd of 187 countries on the United Nation’s 2011 Human Development Index, making it one of the least developed nations in the world. 

Anvil Knitwear Joins Forces with Farm Aid at Annual Benefit Concert to Support US Family Farmers

Anvil provides 10,000 t-shirts from its eco collection in continuing support of annual benefit concert
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Anvil provided 10,000 t-shirts from its eco collection, which are made with organic cotton grown in accordance with the USDA National Organic Program standards, for annual Farm Aid concert on September 22nd at Hersheypark Stadium, PA, featuring live performances by Farm Aid board members – Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews – and others. Proceeds from t-shirt sales will support Farm Aid’s programs.

Visit Farm Aid's Action Center and check out Farm Aid concert gear donated by Anvil on sale here. Visit www.FarmAid.org to learn more about the organization and their work.  

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Anvil provided 10,000 t-shirts from its eco collection, which are made with organic cotton grown in accordance with the USDA National Organic Program standards, for annual Farm Aid concert on September 22nd at Hersheypark Stadium, PA, featuring live performances by Farm Aid board members – Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews – and others. Proceeds from t-shirt sales will support Farm Aid’s programs.

Visit Farm Aid's Action Center and check out Farm Aid concert gear donated by Anvil on sale here. Visit www.FarmAid.org to learn more about the organization and their work.  

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