worker with son and bike

There is a whole team of people who bring our bedding to life.

California Cotton is committed to supporting and empowering these workers and protecting the environment. Through Fair Trade's unique Community Development Funds, workers can address local needs so that their families and children can thrive for generations to come.

proud cotton farmer

It all starts with the cotton farmers and the cotton they grow. When our factory purchases Fair Trade Cotton, a premium is paid immediately to the cotton producer.

California Cotton pays a premium directly back to the factory workers that make our bedding. The workers then vote on how to spend the funds - on bicycles for the town, on a new generator, on school supplies, whatever they deem most valuable for the community. It’s a process that we believe in, one that helps to empower both the workers and their communities.


Get to know some of the workers that bring California Cotton's products to life and see how Fair Trade has made an impact in their lives.

Get to know some of the workers that bring California Cotton's products to life and see how Fair Trade has made an impact in their lives.


Mohammad Zunaid Alam

From Malda, West Bengal, from the sewing section, has two daughters, 4 and 1.5 year old.  

"I like that by working to make a good product, we are also able to help our families and each other. The past four years of premiums have really helped my family - one year, I was able to fix my roof; I've invested in savings which will double in 5 years. As my two daughters grow, they will need funds for furthering their education. I want to thank Fair Trade consumers for helping us improve our lives."

Rehana Middey

From Howrah, West Bengal. She has 2 boys; both have graduated from 10th grade.

"By working at this factory, I'm able to support my family and meet daily needs. Every year when we receive our Fair Trade premiums, I'm able to put them into savings - which may become important later in life. I remember the first year when the factory joined Fair Trade, I was able to buy a bicycle for my son to ride to school - I was so proud! "

 

Probir Mandal

From Nadia district, West Bengal. Has worked for 6 years in quality assurance.

"A lot of workers have a hard time creating savings. In the first premium cycle, I invested in building a tube well for my house. The second year, we painted our house. The third year, we put it into savings.   Fair trade has truly helped my family. I hope that consumers will continue to buy more through Fair Trade and further benefit workers in India and elsewhere. We give our best here to make better products."