Fairtrade Cotton Clothing and School Uniform
Koolskools is so much more than a traditional school clothing supplier. We work alongside schools in a fully interactive educational partnership so that everyone can learn more about Fairtrade
Koolskools is the brainchild of Hampshire businessmen Mike Trodd and Andy Ashcroft.
Mike and Andy share the same business values, and are passionate that Koolskools should bring benefits to both clients and producers/manufacturers alike:
They strongly believe in fair trading. They are both committed to providing good, honest service and quality at a competitive price. While wanting to offer schools and parents, colleges, charities, corporates and the market at large a wider choice, Mike and Andy also want to support the workers' communities where the clothing is being manufactured.
Koolskools were delighted, recently, to become a registered licensee of the Fairtrade Foundation, which means that we can supply products made with Fairtrade certified cotton. This is a significant boost to the company's unstinting efforts to be fair and ethical in all we do, meaning that the small-scale cotton farmers in developing countries who grow our cotton are getting a better deal from trade.
What We Provide
Top quality, stylish and price competitive Fairtrade cotton garments for schools, charities and corporates
Working with Koolskools could support your school's application to become a Fairtrade school.
Bespoke school garments manufactured along strictly ethical lines
Direct sourcing from some of the top apparel manufacturers in the world who are FLO* certified to handle Fairtrade cotton
A simple solution to shopping online for Fairtrade certified cotton school clothes
An online sizing utility to find the perfect size garment
What We Have Achieved
As a newly registered licensee of the Fairtrade Foundation, we can supply cotton products with the FAIRTRADE Mark.
The establishment of a chain of manufacturing in developing countries that enables us to import Fairtrade certified cotton garments from 2011
The active and enthusiastic support of the fair trade movement
Our Unique Partnership With Schools
On-going and long-term Koolskools/client school educational partnerships, where the students learn about Fairtrade cotton and the fair trade movement more widely through our project
A fun online community to involve and teach students about the importance of Fairtrade cotton
Educational videos, galleries and links on Fairtrade cotton and ethical trading and our factories.
Fair trade movement-supported Koolskools project inter-active presentations to client schools, where the students learn all about Fairtrade cotton in a practical, business-orientated way.
A user-friendly Koolskools Quiz about Fairtrade and the Koolskools project, with a prize in each quiz category.
Andy, an ex-British diplomat, was Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti from 2002 to 2006, shortly after which he left the Foreign Office to pursue a second career in business.
Mike has been involved with Hampshire community cricket, rugby and hockey for many years, and has been able to develop his community involvement since taking on the sports shop Holt and Haskell in 2006. Holt and Haskell have an active and on-going programme of support and sponsorship of local schools, colleges, and sports clubs.
The All Important Koolskools Mission Statement
Koolskools mission is to work as an ethical business partnership - to trade fairly at both ends of the supply chain so that...
All our clothes contain Fairtrade certified cotton meaning that the cotton farmers are receving a fair price for their crop and a little extra for them to invest in their lives and communities.
All the UK schools, parents students, charities and corporate entities that buy Koolskools labelled Fairtrade certified cotton garments are guaranteed a high quality garment at a fair price.