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.
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.
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? Continue Reading
Last week I had the pleasure of attending Clean Cut’s second Future Talks seminar at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA). Here’s what I learnt about the future of sustainable and ethical fashion.
“Play is the work of the child.”
In 2005 Chip Wilson, the founder of luxury yoga label Lululemon, claimed that having children work in factories was “okay”. Gaining employment, he suggested, would help impoverished children to break free from cycles of poverty and exploitation.
But is it really that simple?
The film Suffragette is a brutal reminder of how limited women’s rights were at the turn of last century, and the progress we’ve made towards gender equality.
Watching Carey Mulligan’s character Maud sweat, heave and work to the bone in an industrial laundry in London in the early 1900s for next-to-no pay also made me cry for the many women around the world who remain disenfranchised and endure similar working conditions today.