Today’s Fairtrade Friday (and the first for 2015) is in response to a reader request to #MAKETHISFAIRTRADE.

My reader is looking for panel curtains to dress her living room windows (and for a price that’s not-vastly-more-expensive than $30 per panel). She sent me a couple of photos of some curtains she has seen and liked:


As I mentioned when searching for sleeper earrings for Fi, one of the first things I do when I try to find an ethical substitution is think about that item’s particular qualities.

I noticed from these photos that:

  • The first option are sheer, in natural white and warm grey
  • The second option is grey, in a thicker and stiffer weave.
  • It appears we are looking for 84” panels.


1. Natural Cotton Voile Curtain by Uchit for $69.00USD / 2. GOTS Certified Organic Curtain Panel from youchange for $92.00USD/ 3. Custom linen drapes from Etsy $87.57AUD


1. Natural cotton voile curtain by Uchit, available from Amazon for $69.00USD

Available in white or in natural, I thought these curtains tick a lot of boxes. There doesn’t seem to be that much out there in terms of ethical curtains that are also stylish and with a tangible impact. These have all that – and are available in 84” drop and at a reasonable price point ($69.00 works out just over $30 per panel) – plus I thought they looked quite similar to the curtain panels in the first photo my reader sent me!

Ethical credentials: GOTS certified, hand loomed with transparency in India.  Five percent of all sales goes to benefit education of underprivileged girls.

2. GOTS Certified Organic Curtain Panel from youchange for $92.00USD

For something different, I’ve included these striped curtain panels handmade in the USA, using GOTS certified cotton. As I’ve talked about in my Fairtrade Spectrum series, GOTS is one of the more rigorous certifications, certifying that every level of the supply chain (all the way from picking to cotton, to sewing the design and finally shipping the product) are ethical.

Ethical credentials: GOTS certified

3. Custom linen drapes from Etsy $87.57AUD

As always, if I’m having trouble finding what I’m looking for, I head to Etsy, because handmade > mass produced under uncertain conditions. And, as always, Etsy delivered; I found a wealth of handmade options at the right size, for the right price. This pair is linen, which is slightly thicker and produces a criss-cross weave similar to that we see in the second photo my reader sent to me. You can also order these lined, so as to block out more light (or nosy neighbours).

Check out these other options on Etsy: this pair in dark grey linen from $62.55AUD or this pair in a grey and black weave from $61.30AUD.

Thank you so much, Allie, for participating in #MAKETHISFAIRTRADE. I hope these options helped you and congratulations on thinking outside the box when it comes to buying ethically.

Yours Fairly,




  1. January 17, 2015 / 1:46 AM

    Ashlee – this is perfect! I think the sheer pick will be beautiful in our bedroom and I can’t yet decide between the linen options. These are all gorgeous – they’ll be so much nicer than what I sent to you. I can’t wait to show you which direction we choose. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this!! It’s a GREAT help.

    • Ashlee
      January 17, 2015 / 11:05 AM

      I’m so glad you liked it! I can’t wait for you to show me what you decide on too!

      Happy to help, anytime! Thanks for getting in touch, it’s been a pleasure :-)

  2. January 19, 2015 / 8:53 AM

    I was shopping for curtains last year and couldn’t find any good fair trade or secondhand options, so I ended up keeping what I had. Glad to know about these options now!

    • Ashlee
      January 20, 2015 / 10:17 PM

      Glad to offer some options! :) And also glad that there seems to be more and more ethical options every year!

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