Maggie’s Organics Wins Prestigious World Fair Trade Organization Award

December 26th 2017

DEXTER, MICH. November 27, 2017 — Maggie’s Organics, a pioneer in fair trade and organic apparel, was awarded the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) Mohammed Islam Design Award for Best New Fashion Accessory at its international conference. The biennial conference, which gathers Fair Trade producers, workers, policy makers and academics from around the world, took place in Delhi, India, from November 9 to 13.

Maggie’s Organics winning garment, the one-size-fits-all shawl vest, is warm and cozy, yet dressy and versatile. The judges liked that it could come of out a travel bag, and with one shake is ready for a fancy dinner. Another plus is that can worn at two lengths by flipping it over and that it has pockets perfect for cell phones.

The shawl vest is made from 97 percent certified organic cotton rib fabric and is available in black, slate, moulin twilight and merlot. The vest is produced at a Global Organic Textile Standard-certified site in India. At every step of production, from the harvesting of cotton all the way through its dying, spinning and sewing, Maggie’s Organics worked with the producers of the vest to ensure sustainability and fair trade practices were followed.

Maggie’s founder, Bena Burda, was in India to attend the conference and to visit one of the cut and sew factories that provide materials for Maggie’s. “I’m really humbled as we have just joined the WFTO and there were absolutely beautiful entries from some of the most inspirational designers from all over the world, all dedicated to treating craftspeople with dignity and respect.”

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, Maggie’s has been a leader in fair trade and organic apparel since 1992. Their mission since day one has been to ensure that every step of their supply chain – from farm to finish – is fair and equitable, while creating and producing classic, beautiful and affordable pieces for season after season of wear. Maggie’s creations are designed for real bodies.

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