Fair Trade Certified: This is a certification given after intense scrutiny from the Fair Trade Federation or World Fair Trade Organization. It takes a lot of time and financial resources.
Eco-Friendly: These goods inflict minimal harm to the environment. Every item requires water and other natural resources to produce, but eco-friendly products try to inflict the least damage.
Sustainable Fashion: Usually meaning environmentally friendly as well. These companies may use remnant fabric, meaning fabric that another company had extra of, up cycled material (maybe recycled water bottles), or certain environmentally friendly materials (bamboo, hemp, or linen). The hard part, this may not always be environmentally friendly. What?! But you said it’s environmentally friendly? It’s hard folks!
Handmade Fashion: This only means someone’s hands touched your item to make it. It does not necessarily mean the artisan group or company is using fair trade or ethical labor practices. You will need to ask questions to determine how their artisans are treated and paid.
Jaclyn also mentioned a "livable wage." This is an important term in this conversation. If you live in America, we know the government set what the minimum pay a company can give an employee. However, minimum wage DOES NOT, usually, provide enough resources to live on. So, we need to start viewing fair wages based on livability not the government's minimum wage.