Rookie Report: Hazelbrook PS’s Fair Trade Uniform – Behind the News

Rookie Report: Hazelbrook PS’s Fair Trade Uniform – Behind the News


Have you ever wondered where your clothes
come from? Do you know how they were made and what they were made of? Well here at Hazelbrook
Public school we do. We know that our school shirts were made fairly and that the workers
were treated well, and we know the makers got paid their fair share of the money made
from the product, because recently Hazelbrook Public school became the first school in Australia
to have fair trade uniforms. So what is fair trade? Well, fair trade means that everyone who helped
make the products was treated well, paid fairly and had good working conditions, because most
people who live and work in poverty only receive 5 per cent of the profits of clothes they
make and live on one dollar a day. Wow. That’s why it’s such a big deal. Hazelbrook’s fair trade journey started 4
years ago when we started to have fair trade Father’s and Mother’s Day stalls. When we heard
of fair trade uniforms from a parent. After that, Anna Dohnt, the founder of the fair
trade company that made our uniform, travelled around India for two years to meet the makers of our fair trade polo shirts. The makers include the cotton pickers, the weavers, and the people
who dye the shirts royal blue. I think it’s a great idea because the shirts
are softer and great quality. We are also expanding our fair trade school items to more
clothes and even staff tea and coffee. I really like the idea of fair trade and the
way it supports different communities Our shirts are great for the environment because
they’re made of 50% recycled plastic bottles and 50% organic cotton. The dyes used are
non toxic and the factory recycles all its water. The fair trade industry is helping
more than 100 million people around the world. [class shouts] It’s fair trade! It’s great to know we’re supporting other
communities in need. It’s really comfortable to wear and it’s
much cooler than the old shirt. It feels amazing being a part of this because
it’s about giving people in poverty a chance. We hope to inspire schools Australia wide
to do the same thing and to help others.

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