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Ethical & Fair Trade

Ethical & Fair Trade

Over the past 20 years Nomads has been bringing you fair trade clothing without compromise.

Fair trade clothing & Ethical Fashion

Since 1989, Nomads has been bringing you fair trade clothing without compromise. This means that factories are meeting with the standards as outlined by our fair trade policy (see below). At Nomads we believe in the policy of 'trade not aid' to help maintain a sustainable and profitable living. We also consider the environment by recycling and using GOTS certified organic cotton yarn in many of our designs.

Nomads are a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF) and the British Association of Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS). A percentage of Nomads profits are used to support TAMWED, a non-profit charity based in south India.

Fair trade policy

  • Employees are working of their own free will.
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.
  • Providing safe and clean working conditions.
  • No children under the age of 16 make our products.
  • Paying a fair wage to workers that is either at or above the national average. Paying producers in advance so that they do not go into debt buying materials.
  • Providing regular breaks and holidays.
  • Equality for men and women in pay and opportunity.
  • Providing regular work as established by national law and practice.
  • Not tolerating harsh or inhumane treatment.
  • Increasing awareness for the need to shop responsibly and to push the multi-nationals into working towards Fair Trade on a global level.
Fair Trade Policy


We’ve always been an environmentally minded company, and consider the impact that each step of our journey takes, actively seeking to use environmentally friendly materials and methods at every opportunity. Nomads organic cotton clothing helps to promote sustainable fashion as well as protecting the health and wellbeing of the growers. Organic cotton is better for the environment because no harmful chemicals are used and the land requires less water. 

We also use Viscose which is made from Bamboo pulp so is a natural fibre that is both breathable and biodegradable. The Process of producing viscose does involve chemicals so we ensure that our dyeing and fabric manufacturing units install a water treatment plant, so that the processing water is treated before being released back into the environment.

We do not use Formaldehyde, Azo, Phthalates, Alkylphenols or PVC in any form – which are harmful chemicals commonly used in the fast fashion industry.

We also use fully biodegradable packing – your order will arrive to you in a Nomads brown paper package, made from FSC sustainable sources, and the individual garment packaging is made from fully biodegradable non gmo-cornstarch, that importantly, doesn’t require sunlight to break down.


Nomads suppliers have certificates to ensure that fair trade policies are in place. These certificates are for social and ethical audits as well as an AEPC common code of conduct. Nomads range of organic cotton clothing uses yarn that is certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards).  A GOTS label in a garment means that you can be sure that it has reached the GOTS specifications of social and environmental compliances that cover the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of textiles.

Our GOTS license number is DK26875


Common Objective

We are proud members of Common Objective, an innovative online platform with a big ambition – to take sustainable fashion from niche to norm.

All members have one common objective – to build businesses that have a positive impact on people and the environment, and we work together to provide complete transparency in our production and supply chains. Common Objective builds on ten years of work by the Ethical Fashion Forum, which now reaches a global network spanning 141 countries.


BAFTS ( The British Association for Fair Trade Shops)

Nomads are proud to be a BAFTS member. BAFTS is a network of independent fair trade shops across Britain set up to increase awareness of fair trade groups and products that are developed and sourced through ethical trade. Read more about BAFTS here.  

Read about BAFTS

TAMWED Linking communities in the UK and India

TAMWED (Tamil Nadu/West Devon) is a non-profit charity, which grew out of professional and social connections between people in Devon, England and NGOs in south India. Since 1997 training and exchanges between India and the UK have been organised by a Devon community organization called WESTDEN. After the 2004 tsunami, WESTDEN joined local people who have an interest in south India to meet and consider how they could offer long term support and to bring communities in these countries closer together.

By 2006 TAMWED was formed as a registered charity with the objective of helping to overcome poverty in areas of southern India that have the greatest need. Current projects deal with community health, herbal medicine and climate change, the most important issues affecting the lives of some of the poorest and most isolated rural communities. TAMWED is a voluntary organisation that is entirely dependent on donors.

Nomads supports TAMWED through donations from their profits which help to support a community health project. Due to climate change and reduced rainfall, the land used for farming was no longer yielding sufficient crops. This project involves growing herbs which require less rainfall and teaches the community how to use herbs for natural medicine and diet. This saves them the cost of medicine and the long journeys needed to receive treatments. The gardens are also used to grow fruit and vegetables, some of which are sold along with the surplus herbs to provide a vital income.

Visit the TAMWED website to find out about current fund raising events and how you can make a donation

Read about TAMWED