While these pants are not entirely plastic free they are a lot better than most and benefit others.

I particularly like the bikini style pants, with a lovely rose based print. 100% cotton, made under fair trade conditions by Malabar Memesahib Welfare.The pants come in a pink organza drawstring purse. Available in white, pink and spotty.

There are other styles to choose from including a stylish fair trade hipster style knicker are made from turquoise bamboo jersey.

N.B. The organza bags, lace and elastic are all synthetic but the production team are fantastic! And they don’t come ready hung on plastic hangers or in plastic packs. I think it is a good trade off.

Malbar Mamesahib is organised by Kerala Crafts, a charitable body established in 2001, registered as a charity in October 2010.

“Its objects are to help provide an alternative to a life of poverty by supporting 5 projects in Kerala, Southern India:

  • Valsalya Bhavan – an home for rescued girls aged between 5 & 16 years
  • Adelaide Bhavan – independent living for older orphaned girls
  • Vimala Welfare Centre – meeting the needs of marginalised women
  • Malabar Memsahib – a women’s stitching co-operative in mid-Kerala
  • Fair Cotton Cooperative Alliance – a range of fair trade cotton products”

They are a member of The British Association for Fair Trade Shops and a recipient of a Fair Trade gold award.

You can buy on-line and you will need to check out the packaging. Better still shop local and get them from

Sonia’s Smile
85 Main Street
West Yorkshire
BD22 8DA

Tel: 01535 647776

(other shops can be found on the stockists page)

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