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  • Worker with cotton

    Spare a thought for countless faceless farmers and workers making your clothes

    29 April 2017 by Subindu Garkhel, Fairtrade Foundation

    Subindu Garkhel, cotton manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, reflects on changes from home sewn clothes to the modern fashion industry, and the complex issues of transparency along the chain.

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  • Nazma Akter, of the AWAJ Foundation

    Giving a voice to Bangladeshi Women Garment Workers

    26 April 2017 by Nazma Akter, of the AWAJ Foundation, a union for female workers in Bangladesh, giving us an insight into how they are making improvements to textile manufacturing in the country.

    In December 2016 more than 1,600 workers from a number of garment factories in Ashulia were sacked for alleged involvement in demonstrations over pay. Many more were arrested and imprisoned for protesting for fairer wages.

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  • Who Made My Clothes?

    Fashion fans must fight for fairness

    25 April 2017 by Fashion Revolution’s Sarah Ditty and Heather Knight talk us through their brand new Fanzine

    The global fashion industry is opaque, exploitative and environmentally damaging and desperately needs revolutionary change. Yet one brand, one organization, or one person cannot change this alone; we need all the stakeholders — brands, retailers, producers, governments and consumers — to work together towards a cleaner, safer, fairer, more transparent fashion industry.

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  • Noctu

    Conscious consumer

    23 August 2016 by Zoë Gale, founder of organic and Fairtrade fashion label Noctu

    The quest for fair, conscious fashion is coming out of the shadows. This is evidenced by the rise of movers and shakers committed to producing in a sustainable way that is good for both people and the planet. Ahead of Organic September, designer Zoë Gale considers the need for Fairtrade and organic fashion, and explains how each of us can get involved.

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  • Mighty Good

    We have a working solution for social justice in fashion. Now we just need to demand it

    27 April 2016 by Hannah Parris, eco-entrepreneur and founder of Fairtrade cotton brand Mighty Good

    I am often intrigued by people who claim that big changes in our society ‘can’t be done’.

    Can’t be done?  Really? Why not?  After all, did someone forget to tell the suffragettes that voting rights for women ‘can’t be done’? Did Martin Luther King give up just because someone told him that civil rights “is just impossible”? Of course not.

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  • India

    Meet Shiv - a Fairtrade cotton farmer

    21 April 2016 by Shiv Narayan Patidar

    Cotton is the world’s oldest commercial crop and one of the most important fibre crops in the global fashion industry. Despite this, cotton farmers wield little power of influence in the long supply chain, facing challenges ranging from poor prices to climate change. Fairtrade cotton was launched in 2005 to improve the livelihoods of impoverished cotton farmers. Meet one of them: Shiv Narayan Patidar.

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  • fashion

    Ten top tips on how to shop better

    19 April 2016 by Martine Parry for the Fairtrade Foundation

    Second-hand or vintage? Fairtrade or organic?

    The second day of Fashion Revolution Week is about how to buy, wear and dispose fashion better. How to be a Fashion Revolutionary. Read on our top tips. 

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  • Carry

    Grow up!

    18 April 2016 by Carry Somers, designer, campaigner and founder of Pachacuti and Fashion Revolution

    Three years on from the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, Carry Somers asks when will the fashion industry start to take responsibility for its actions?

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  • Fashion 1

    Beyond the hashtag

    24 April 2015 by Victoria Waugh, Account Manager, photos by Anna Galandzij, Press Officer, at Fairtrade Foundation

    Do you know where the T’shirt you are wearing was made?  How about your favourite pair of jeans?  Do you know who cut out the fabric and stitched them together?  It’s funny to think that the clothes that fill our wardrobes, that keep us warm and help define our identity are all carefully made by people we’ll never know.  Every seam, every zip, every sequin and button was sewn on by someone – those people, the invisible ones, hidden away across supply chains all over the world, whose livelihoods depend on growing cotton, weaving cloth and sewing it into garments for us to wear.

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  • Carry

    Fashion Revolution Day 2015 Q&A with Carry Somers

    21 April 2015 by Anna Galandzij, Fairtrade Foundation

    Carry Somers is a pioneer in Fair Trade fashion, creator of ethical brand Pachacuti and the initiator of the Fashion Revolution movement.

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  • People Tree 345 x 288

    #Befair: Fairness in fashion has to come now

    30 September 2014 by Safia Minney, founder and CEO of People Tree.

    With the launch of our Great British Fairness Debate this week, Safia Minney – founder and CEO of fair trade and sustainable fashion label People Tree – looks at what role we can all play to promote fairness in business and beyond...

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  • Fash Mob takes over Carnaby Street

    25 April 2014 by dwebb

    Yesterday, Thursday 24 April, saw fashion students from across London gather on Carnaby Street – one of the most famous fashion streets in the world – to campaign for a more sustainable fashion industry as part of Fashion Revolution Day.

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  • From cotton fields to cutting floors: it’s time to revolutionise the fashion industry

    24 April 2014 by Rachel Hearson, Account Manager for Major Retailers Cotton at the Fairtrade Foundation

    Rachel Hearson, Fairtrade Foundation Account Manager for Major Retailers Cotton, recounts her own personal journey into the lives of cotton farming communities and speaks about how UK shoppers are now demanding that the people making their clothes get a fair deal.

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  • From the cotton field upwards: recognising accountability in the fashion industry

    24 April 2014 by dwebb

    GS Rao is the State Co-ordinator for Chetna Organic for their farmers in the state of Odisha, in the east of India. He represents more than 3,000 smallholder tribal farmers, belonging to 4 organic and Fairtrade cotton farmer cooperatives in Odisha, one of the poorest states in India. Here, he describes why Fashion Revolution Day is a trigger for a more harmonious supply chain.

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  • Following the thread: the start of a Fashion Revolution

    23 April 2014 by Orsola de Castro, Creative Director at fashion label From Somewhere

    Orsola de Castro is creative director at fashion label From Somewhere, which makes clothes from recycled off cuts of luxury materials. She is also co-founder and co-curator of Estethica at London Fashion Week and a co-founder of Fashion Revolution Day. 

    Here Orsola reflects on why following the thread in our clothes from beginning to end is vital and why we need a revolution in fashion.

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