If you’ve never heard of viscose, you may know it by another name, rayon. It’s a semi-synthetic fibre that is made from trees – but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any better for the environment, or for you. Read More
If you were asked to think about garbage and waste you would likely conjure up images of smelly food scraps in the bin or rubbish lying on the ground. You’re not likely to think about a pile of discarded clothes let alone the under-used clothes in your wardrobe. And when we buy a new dress or pair of shoes, we’re unlikely to focus on where and when we’ll be throwing them out once we get sick of them. And yet, fashion is one of the world’s fastest growing waste problems. Read More
Most people have probably heard about fair trade or have seen certifications on various products. Maybe you even grabbed a fair trade coffee on the way to work this morning. But what does the label mean? And why should we care?
If you’re like me, you’ve probably never considered that a bar of soap or a pair of gloves could actually save the life of a mother and her new born baby. Read More
In garment factories across South Asia and India, millions of women work long hours for minimal wages, in uncomfortable and often dangerous conditions making “fast fashion” clothing for women (and men) in Australia and other first world countries to wear. Read More
“Play is the work of the child.”
In a globalised world where factories are in a “race to the bottom” to provide cheap fashion fast, children are often involved in the supply chain. Sadly they constitute a cheap, compliant and easily exploited labour force. Read More
When faced with complexity, we have a tendency to bury our heads in the sand – an ancient survival mechanism perhaps? Creating a better, fairer world is hard. Fashion Revolution Week is a great way to begin. It isn’t about a quick fix, it’s about starting the journey and sparking the hard yet vital conversations. Read More
When an eight-story building collapsed in Dhaka three years ago, killing 1138 garment workers, we all felt uncomfortable. All of a sudden the clothes we had on took a different form. The soft fabric against our skin became heavy, itchy; suffocating. Because while we watched limp, sooty figures being carried from the rubble, we realised that there were faces, families and stories woven into what we wear. All of a sudden we were asking, who made my clothes? Read More
When it comes to women’s rights and the clothing industry – we want our fashion slow and our gender equality fast! It’s hard not to feel discouraged when you’re faced with disparity, but you can make a difference by supporting fashion brands that are empowering women throughout their supply chain. Read More
From yoga mat to manufacturing, Eleven44 incorporates mindfulness and respect for nature into everything they do. An organic cotton activewear brand inspired by the natural world, Eleven44 bring bold, unapologetic prints to the front of the class. Read More
When Carlie Ballard’s namesake label burst onto the Australian fashion scene almost five years ago, it was like discovering an oasis in the dessert. She was one of the first to put ethics into the heart of her brand and create clothing I would actually love to wear.