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Many congratulations to Safia Minney, founder of pioneering ethical fashion label People Tree, on being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire this week. We have always been inspired by Safia's amazing work, which has pushed forward Fair Trade fashion with the People Tree label, and now it seems her energy and enthusiasm has reached the attention of the royal palace, although we're not sure if her influence has extended to Her Majesty's royal wardrobe...yet. In response to the news on Saturday that she was to be awarded an MBE in The Queen's Birthday 2009 Honours list, Safia said "I am delighted by this great honour and share it with the many producers I have worked with across the world to build a credible alternative method of trade in the fashion industry."
But Safia, being the ambitious and impassioned person she is, didn't leave her comments there. She went on to say, "I won't rest until The Queen has a closet full of her favourite Fair Trade frocks so she can go confidently about Her business overseas representing the strength and style of the British Fair Trade movement."
Congrats one again to Safia Minney and all her team at People Tree. And much kudos to The Queen for recognising the amazing work being done by People Tree in the UK and in developing countries, providing sustainable livelihoods for artisans and helping to make the UK fashion industry more ethical and environmentally friendly. We hope Safia Minney gets to dress Her Majesty in some of People Tree's beautiful Fair Trade threads very soon.
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