Harry Potter star Emma Watson recently traveled to Bangladesh to witness firsthand the work being done on her fair trade clothing line, People Tree. In particular, she visited the community known as Swallow, where employees craft the apparel for her label, according to NDTV.com.
She also visited the factories where major retailers, such as Gap and Primark, have their own clothing operations.
“The contrast between the slums in Dhaka where the people who work in the garment factories live and Swallows… was all too apparent,” Watson told the news source, adding that the experience had helped clarify what a difference fair trade has made in local lives.
The actress even participated in the manufacturing process, using the sewing and weaving machines at the People Tree factory and plunging into a river, barefoot, in order to dye the natural yarns and fabrics of the clothes.
Watson also stopped by a school to teach a math class and, after the lesson, she gave the students presents.
In addition to being made with fair trade processes, People Tree 80 percent of the clothing is created from organic cotton, according to Entertainment Weekly. In September, the line will be introduced in Prince Charles’ private gardens as part of the 12-day festival, A Garden Party to Make A Difference. ADNFCR-2995-ID-19932608-ADNFCR