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  • Cotton flower

    Where to buy sustainable ethical cotton for your home

    27 April 2018 by Sharon Ihama

    Four fantastic companies that sell bed linen, towels and throws made from Fairtrade cotton.

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  • Cotton ginning

    The true cost of fast fashion

    25 April 2018 by Martine Parry

    The UK spends £27 billion on clothes each year and there’s no sign that our obsession for fast fashion is slowing down.

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  • #Imadeyourclothes

    Why I’m standing in solidarity with Fashion Revolution to ask brands who made my clothes

    23 April 2018 by Subindu Garkhel

    Subindu Garkhel, cotton manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains how we’re all connected to the often invisible farmers and garment workers who make our clothes.

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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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  • Slave to Fashion front cover

    What do you know about modern slavery in fashion

    28 April 2017 by Safia Minney, Founder of People Tree and managing director of Po-Zu (ethical footwear company)

    Safia launches her new book 'Slave to Fashion' during Fashion Revolution Week. The book discusses modern slavery in fashion supply chains and goes through Safia's journey finding out more behind the fashion industry.

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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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  • 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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