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
Circular economies. Bespoke labels. Transparency and technology. It’s going to be a big and exciting year for ethical fashion in 2017. So we asked some our favourite ladies in Australia leading the way towards transformations in the fashion industry what their predictions for the year are. Read More
A few years ago it struck me – I am complicit with modern-day slavery and serious environmental destruction. I had been campaigning against the insidious crime of sex trafficking when I found myself chatting with two passionate campaigners at a pop-up shop in London. They told me about the children picking my cotton in Uzbekistan and the widespread impact of pesticide runoff in India. Read More
Whenever we buy a piece of clothing, we’re participating in a chain of events with far reaching consequences. Have you ever stopped to wonder who made the clothes you’re wearing? What sort of life are they living? When brands have transparent supply chains, we can clearly trace the journey our fashion has made. And the lives it has touched. Read More
When it comes to conscious consumerism, the focus is firmly on transparent supply chains and re-connecting with the people who make the items we buy. For most of us that means relying on the key advocacy organisations campaigning for social and environmental reform in the fashion industry to keep us informed about the faces behind our garments or accessories.
Enter two self-described dorks, who have decided to get up close and personal with the way our fashion is being made.
Palm oil. Blamed for deforestation and the destruction of natural habitats, it has certainly earned itself a name as the bogeyman of sustainable farming. But is it the worst option out there? And how can we, as consumers, change things for the better? Read More
In 2009, Australians disposed of 23 million tonnes of waste in landfill. Of this, close to a fifth of the waste was paper, cardboard and plastics – all materials which can be recycled.