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We work with the BU FDA Marketing students every year on a live brief. They produce a media mix explaining and promoting what we do! They have put together the videos below in groups as part of their projects! We offer the winning team a work placement opportunity click here to apply.
Labour rights organisations:
“A campaign that supports garment workers’ efforts worldwide to improve their working conditions. LBL educate consumers, lobby companies and government, raise awareness, and encourage international solidarity with workers. Their members include trade unions and their local branches, consumer organisations, campaign groups, and charities. They are the UK platform of the international Clean Clothes Campaign.”
“The CCC is an international campaign, focused on improving working conditions in the global garment and sportswear industries. There is a Clean Clothes Campaign in 9 European countries. These are Austria, Belgium (North and South), France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.”
“People & Planet is the largest, student network in Britain campaigning to end world poverty, defend human rights and protect the environment. Current campaigns include Ditch Dirty Development, Go Green Fairtrade Schools and Colleges and Redress Fashion. Redress Fashion aims to support the struggles of workers in the global garment industry, by taking action against brands that abuse workers rights, by gaining consumer support for change, and by lobbying government.”
“The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the tripartite UN agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of its member states in common action to promote decent work throughout the world. The ILO is the global body responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards.”
“The TUC (in the UK) has member unions representing over six and a half million working people, they campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.”
“The global union representing garment workers. The International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation is an International Trade Secretariat bringing together 217 affiliated organisations in 110 countries.”
“HWW is the UK office of the international homeworkers’ movement. Their main aim is to support the organisation of homebased workers around the world to gain visibility and recognition for their demands.”
“National Group on Homeworking offer advice and support for homeworkers, and those employing homeworkers in the United Kingdom.”
“Fights poverty in developing countries in partnership and solidarity with people affected by globalisation. They campaign for workers’ rights and against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice.”
“ActionAid is a partnership between people in rich and poor countries dedicated to ending poverty and injustice. One of their campaigns ‘Who Pays’ focuses on corporate accountability and supermarkets in particular”.
“The ‘Pick Your Cotton Carefully’ campaign is supported by Katharine Hamnett and Betty Jackson and exposes the corrupted cotton industry of Uzbekistan.”
“PAN’s ‘Wear Organic’ site has lots of publications, reports and documentaries about organic cotton.”
“On the Soil Association website there are articles about organic cotton and a ‘organic directory’ for UK based stockists.”
“Waste Online have a comprehensive fact sheet on textile recycling.”
“TRAID is a charity working to protect the environment and fight global poverty through its clothes recycling, educational and campaigning activities in the UK. Their education department visits primary and secondary schools in and around London, as well as youth centres, holiday camps, church groups and other youth groups, throughout the calendar year.”
This exhibition brought together 3 elements: Indian artist NS Harsha’s installation Nations, which is a witty take on globalisation, market forces and labour outsourcing; Chen Chieh-jen’s film that focuses on an abandoned factory in Taiwan and Artist Shiraz Bayjoo who employs the public and transforms the exhibitions space into a temporary artist-run factory in response to the NS Harsha and Chen Chieh-jen exhibitions. This exhibition was put on by Iniva at Rivington Place, London in Autumn 2009.
Fashioning for Sustainability
This exhibition highlighted fashion´s potential in providing a significant contribution to global sustainable development. Curator Kate Fletcher gathered opinions from international brands, free-lance designers, opinion groups and fashion workers in order to make a survey of this new form of fashion activism. This exhibition was hosted by Garanti Gallery, Istanbul in spring 2008. For more information Kate Fletcher’s work please see KateFletcher.com.
This exhibition consisted of a series of workshops that aimed to change the world of fashion in small and beautiful steps. The workshops explored and experimented how the fashion concept can be hacked. Otto says that, ‘Fashion hacking is a collective enablement where a community shares their methods and experiences on how to reverse engineer fashion. Fashion hacking is turning fashion from a phenomenon of dictations and anxiety to a collective experience of empowerment’. This exhibition was curated by Otto von Busch at the Garanti Gallery, Istanbul in 2007.
Catt Mazza coordinated an international collective of knit and crochet hobbyists who stitched a 14 foot wide blanket of the Nike Swoosh. Each crocheted pixel square acts as a petition for fair labour policies for Nike garment workers. The blanket was delivered to Phil Knight the Chairman of Nike Coorporation in summer 2008. For more information about this project and the KnitPro, a free web application that translates digital images into needlecraft patterns, please visit the Mirorevolt website.
“CSF has been developed by London College of Fashion to be an internationally recognised and globally connected catalyst for change, fully integrated with industry to create better lives through a sustainable fashion economy.”
“A trade association for the fashion industry, led by businesses, for businesses, that focuses on social and environmental sustainability.”
“A Danish organisation that supports the fashion and lifestyle industry in the areas of sustainable design and corporate social responsibility. The center focuses on small and medium-sized companies and students in the industry who will benefit their efforts to collect, create and communicate knowledge within the field.”
“Established in early 2004 in response to growing anticipation throughout the garment and textile industry that the phase-out of quotas would lead to major changes in the sourcing of garments, and potentially negative consequences for countries that had come to rely on garments exports.”
“Promotes good labour conditions in the garment industry. The foundation verifies that member companies work to enhance labour conditions in the factories all around the world where they source their garments.”
“A collaborative effort between six organizations, each involved in the effort to improve labour standards in global supply chains through the implementation and/or enforcement of codes of conduct.”
Sustainable Fashion and Textiles – Design Journeys - Kate Fletcher
No Logo - Sandy Black
Ripped and Torn - Amaranta Wright
Open Colleges: (AU)
V&A Ethical Fashion Links:
Centre for Sustainable Fashion
The Centre for Sustainable Fashion has been developed by the London College of Fashion to be an internationally recognised and globally connected catalyst for ethical change int he Fashion industry to create better lives through a sustainable fashion economy...more on Centre for Sustainable Fashion
The Ethical Justice Foundation is a registered charity established to empower people who suffer most from environmental abuses to find peaceful ways of preventing them. It helps raise awareness of Ethical Fashion issues such as the benefits of buying ‘clean cotton’....more on Environmental Justice Foundation
Estethica is London Fashion Week’s Ethical Fashion exhibition, run by the British Fashion Council to promote the best in British eco-sustainable fashion...more on Estethica
The Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF) is a trade association for the fashion industry, led by businesses, for businesses, and focused on social and environmental sustainability...more on Ethical Fashion Forum
Adili are an online shop selling Ethical Fashion. They clearly show the different ways the items they sell are ethical and they also feature information about environmental and social concerns...more on Adili
Gossypium was established in 1999, and has been the first brand to introduce Organic & Fairtrade cotton. Gossypium products are designed in the UK and manufactured in India using Organic and Fairtrade cotton.
Ethics Girls is an online magazine and shop with an ethical twist, with plenty of information about Ethical Fashion...more on Ethics Girl
Greenmystyle.com is a daily eco glossy magazine devoted to the most stylish ethical fashion, beauty and home style...more on Greenmystyle.com
This directory of Ethical Fashion on the Guardian website has lots of information, including galleries of ethical and organic clothes and articles on dressing with a clean conscience...more on Guardian Ethical Directory
IFAT is the global network of Fair Trade Organizations. Their aim is to improve the livelihoods and well being of disadvantaged producers by linking and promoting Fair Trade Organizations, and speaking out for greater justice in world trade...more on The International Fair Trade Association
Labour Behind the Label is a not-for-profit company supporting garment workers’ efforts worldwide to defend their rights...More on Labour Behind the Label
Make do and Mend contains lots of useful information about how to update and revitalise your wardrobe, and about the issues surrounding the overconsumption of clothes. It was produced by Nathalie Gotschalk, a former student of the MA in Ethical Fashion at Epsom College...more on Make do and Mend
In this article from The Independent, Matilda Lee talks about how to assess the damage your wardrobe is causing to the environment...More on My Fashion Footprint: Is your Wardrobe Bad for the Planet? (article in the Independent)
Noir is an ethical fashion label created by Danish designer Peter Ingwersen. It produces luxurious fashion made with sustainable and certified fabrics. Noir and Illuminati II, its sister company, are helping to establish a sustainable fabric production of organic cotton in Uganda...more on Noir
The Pesticide Action Network works to eliminate the dangers of toxic pesticides and their website has a section dedicated to organic cotton...more on Pesticide Action Network
The RE:Fashion Awards are the world’s first dedicated ethical fashion awards celebrating people and organizations in the fashion industry who are taking great strides in tackling poverty, environmental issues and changing consumer attitudes to ethical fashion and aiming to transform the fashion industry within a decade...more on RE:Fashion Awards
Swishing is a party concept where ‘groups of friends get together to swap gorgeous clothes and party at the same time’...More on Swishing
Thread is the BBC’s monthly online magazine dedicated to Ethical Fashion, with lots of features, videos and photographs...more on Thread
TreeHugger is a US based site dedicated to making sustainability mainstream. It has a section dedicated to Fashion and Beauty with lots of information about how to buy Ethical Fashion...more on TreeHugger
This MA in Ethical Fashion is the first in the UK. It enables students to engage in the current debates around the ethics of the fashion industry, exploring the potential for the industry to evolve and to positively impact on developing economies and the lives of those working in global supply chains...more on University for the Creative Arts (Epsom) – MA Ethical Fashion
War on Want are a charity that campaigns for human rights and against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice. They frequently campaign for the rights of sweatshop workers...more on War on Want
A major exhibition staged at London’s Somerset House in Autumn 2009, Fashion Revolution is a retrospective of nine years of online innovation, invention and creation...click here for more information...
“An environmental affairs magazines with insightful articles and video documentaries. One particularly interesting read is the ‘A-Z of Eco Fashion’ written by Matilda Lee & Laura Sevier.”
“Ecotextile News is a business-to-business magazine dedicated to the production of sustainable and ethical textiles and apparel.”
“Ethical Consumer is the UK’s leading alternative consumer organisation. They research the social and environmental records of companies.”
A weblog that celebrates innovations in sustainable design. Their motto: “Green design is good design – Good design is green design.”
“A fashionable green lifestyle magazine with 3 core sections: Read – articles to muse on, Talk – about current issues & Act – make a difference!”
“Amelia’s Magazine is a biannual creation that aims to bring together the very best in new music, fashion, art, illustration and photography.”
ASOS Marketplace is a great source of vintage and upcycled clothing and cutting edge fashion. Marketplace allows sellers and boutique owners to sell their collections, designs and items ethically to consumers who are now looking beyond the high street when choosing fashion.
Click here for details on the ASOS Marketplace Animal Welfare policy.
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