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Back in April 2021 we talked about the proposed bill to ban goods produced in Xinjiang, China in an effort to fight against the human rights abuses taking place against the Uyghur people there. After some push back from major brands like Nike, Apple, and Coca Cola, the bill finally passed with overwhelming bipartisan support on December 16th, 2021. Here's the update and the scoop on why some companies are not on board.
One of the biggest changes we need to see in the fashion industry, is how garment factory workers are treated. Every worker has the right to a safe work environment with legal pay without exploitation. Many people assume garment worker exploitation only occurs outside of the U.S. but that is true. Many garment factories in California still don't follow ethical labor standards and progress must be made. Here's how the landmark passing of California's SB62, also known as the Garment Workers Protection Act, is changing the face of labor standards in California.
Life can get pretty busy, so listening to something great on the go may be your best way to absorb information. Podcasts are an easy way to stay in the loop of what's happening with ethical and sustainable fashion. So here are our 6 must listen to podcasts to subscribe to today!
The terms ethical and sustainable always seem to get roped together when talking about fashion. Both are very important, but it's crucial for us to know the difference because one doesn't always equal the other. If a brand is practicing sustainable standards, that's great for our planet, but does that mean the factories they work with are implementing ethical standards as well? You won't know for sure unless you see their certification, but here's how to know the difference between sustainable, and ethical fashion.
As ethical fashion becomes more prominent it's important to stay up to date, but also learn how you can change your own buying habits. It's been a while since we've given you some fresh new resources to help educate you on the importance of ethical fashion, so we put together a list of 7 credible ethical fashion books that you have to read before the year is over. Some of these books have been out for a while, but they're still well worth the read!
Fair wage assurance is one of the major pieces missing in garment factories and it's no secret that not all brands have that on their checklist when sourcing or they don't know how to ensure it's met. The Bangladesh Embassy held an event by Faruque Hassan who is the president of the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association, to discuss the importance of giving workers better jobs and safer work environments. Here's what we know about the event:
The renewal for the Bangladesh Accord has gone global and there's a reason for that happening. When Rana Plaza collapsed in 2013, the fashion industry was shaken and not only industry professionals saw the need for change, but so did consumers. The Bangladesh trade unions and Global Union Federations, along with labour rights groups, made it their mission to keep workers safe because factory safety is a right.
We love seeing brands (all brands) grow in their sustainability journey. One brand we've been impressed with over the last five years is Madewell. From using WFTO certified factories to a brilliant denim take back program, they've been getting their customers excited about sustainable fashion. Now Madewell has partnered with ThredUP to enhance their customers second-hand shopping experience with their new platform "Madewell Forever". Their mission is to lower the amount of denim waste by opening a new window in the world of second-hand shopping and here's how.
In March of 2020, 66 factory fires were reported throughout the global fashion supply chain, meaning more than two fires per day were reported across the globe; India having 20 fires that month alone (Source: GoBlue). All around the world garment factories and workers have fallen victim to factory fires. These fires are typically started by old machinery and chemicals used during production. Although every case is different the trauma and lives lost are equally as upsetting. Even today these garment factory fires are still happening. Here's what we can learn from the garment factory fires that occurred in the last year.
Made in Asia still holds a long established stigma of sweatshops and child labor from exposés in the 80s and 90s. The simplified solution presented over the years has been Made in America, Made in UK, or Made in Italy is the only safe way to produce ethically made clothing. But are factory standards as simple as an address? The answer is NO. With sweatshop factory conditions and illegal pay violations found continually in America and throughout Europe, we need to start recognizing that garment factory standards go deeper than location.