Organic and Fair Trade

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At Lysergic we choose to only print onto organic and fairly traded textiles. Thanks for supporting this ! Simply put, it’s because it is better for the planet and the people living on it! There is a heap of information available out there as to why this is the case. Here we are happy to provide a small overview of what this all means and why it is our choice.

WHAT IS ORGANIC?

Organic refers to the way agricultural products—food and fiber—are grown and processed. Organic  production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers.

“Certified Organic” means the item has been grown according to strict uniform standards that are verified by independent state or private organizations. Certification includes inspections of farm fields and processing facilities, detailed record keeping, and periodic testing of soil and water to ensure that growers and handlers are meeting the standards which have been set.

WHAT IS FAIR TRADE?

Fair Trade standards stipulate that traders have to:
• pay a price to producers that covers the costs of sustainable production and living;
• pay a premium that producers can invest in development;
• partially pay in advance, when producers ask for it;
• sign contracts that allow for long-term planning and sustainable production practices.

Finally, there are a few product-specific Fair Trade standards for each product that determine such things as minimum quality, price, and processing requirements that have to be complied with.

For a more detailed description of individual product Fair Trade standards, click here.

This video from Fair Trade USA explains why every purchase matters.