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SYNERGY'S FAIR TRADE PRACTICES
Synergy's roots are firmly planted in the misty mountains of Nepal. The seeds of Synergy were planted in 1993, by Kate Fisher, when she set off for Nepal and India with adventure in her eyes. In the midst of her extensive travels in Asia she started buying textiles and clothing that she sold upon her return home. A business was born. Synergy was created in the spirit of adventure and with the vision of being a synergy of both Eastern and Western design influences. We honor those roots by continuing to produce our clothing in Nepal. Synergy Organic Clothing follows the guidelines requested by fair trade organizations. Thus, we aim to help our producers in Nepal promote fair labor and sustainability. We advocate higher salaries for the employees, promote higher social and environmental standards, and do not hire child labor. The employees receive generous work breaks that include afternoon tea. Additionally, the women who sew our appliqués have the option to work from home. They have also developed sewing circles where many women gather together to work. Not only do we follow the Fair Labor practices, we take an extra step to ensure that our employees do not work with hazardous chemicals in our clothing. We have privately hired local liaisons to oversee the day-to-day business operations and ensure that fair labor practices are used. Throughout each year, the owners or upper management of Synergy Organic Clothing visit the facility to ensure high standard working conditions are being met. We are always striving to make improvements.