The People Tree Guide to Caring for Fairtrade Clothing

Unless otherwise stated, it is best to wash clothes on a cool or cold wash setting using a gentle, non-bleach based washing powder. This is also better for the environment. Carefully following these instructions will help your clothes look good for a long time.

Hand Woven

With hand woven fabrics, slubs and irregularities occur naturally, and care should be taken to avoid snagging. All People Tree fabrics undergo laboratory testing to ensure that they comply with required quality standards. Detailed care labels are written and attached to each item to ensure your garment enjoys a long life and you enjoy wearing it!

Hand Dyed

Most of our woven fabrics are hand dyed. Slight colour variations make every item unique. We recommend that care instructions are followed carefully to minimize colour transfer and fading. Many of these garments would benefit from being hand washed separately and should always be dried away from direct heat and sunlight to prolong their life span.

Hand Embroidered

We use intricate hand embroidery on many of our garments making each item one of a kind. They should be treated with great care to prevent threads pulling. Please wash inside out. Do not iron directly on embroidered areas.

Hand Knitted

All of our knitwear is hand knitted. To retain its shape and appearance we recommend hand washing separately using a mild non-biological detergent like Ecover to avoid colour loss and deterioration. Here is how to wash a hand knitted jumper by hand:

  1. Wash the garment by hand in lukewarm water. Gently agitate the knitted garment to clean. Do not soak, wring or rub too hard.
  2. Rinse using fresh cold water. Repeat until the water is free of soap suds.
  3. Remove excess water by squeezing gently and reshape while still damp.
  4. Dry flat on a towel, away from direct heat and sunlight. Do not spin or tumble dry as it is liable to cause felting and shrinkage.
  5. Store folded, not on hangers. Do not hang as knitted garments will stretch out on a hanger.


If you wear, clean and store jewellery carefully, it will last longer. Jewellery should always be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off. Clean jewellery after wear. Avoid jewellery coming in contact with cosmetics, perfume, water or oil, and store jewellery in a box or bag away from light, dust and moisture.

How to clean copper and brass: Copper and Brass tarnish more quickly than silver but they can be restored to their original shine very easily. Here are three natural methods for cleaning copper and brass.

  • Commercial copper/brass cleaner. Again, be sure that any stones in the jewellery can withstand the chemicals in the cleaner and if in doubt do not use it.
  • Ketchup, Worcestershire Sauce or Vinegar. Apply them carefully with a toothbrush or soft cloth, leave on for a couple of minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Avoid getting these products on the same types of stones which should not be exposed to chemical cleaners.
  • Combination of water, lemon or lime juice and salt. Add a few drops of lemon or lime juice to a container of water, then add a teaspoon of salt and stir gently. Place the jewellery in the solution for a few minutes, then remove and rinse thoroughly. If needed, the dip in the solution can be repeated. Again, this method should not be used with gemstones or pearls that cannot be cleaned with chemical cleaners.

Do not use Chemical Cleaners: Many stones will be adversely affected by harsh chemical cleaners. Many will discolour and some may eventually break apart. The stones which are particularly vulnerable include Amber, Aquamarine, Coral, Emerald, Jade, Lapis, Malachite, Opal, Pearls, Shell and Turquoise. If in doubt, simply do not use any chemicals.

Please note:

  • The colour of jewellery products may change over time because of interactions with oil or chemicals on your skin
  • Glass, beads and delicate natural material may break if dropped.
  • Do not put jewellery in your mouth and keep away from children. Jewellery may contain lead and may be dangerous to children of swallowed.

Light Sensitive Stones: Many stones will bleach in strong light if left exposed for long periods of time. They will lose their bright colour and eventually become drab and unattractive. The stones which are vulnerable to sunlight include Amethyst, Ametrine, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Beryl, Celestite, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Hiddenite, Kunzite, Rose and Smoky Quartz, Fluorite and Topaz.