Restorative justice gives us a model to change the narrative, flip the script, and right the wrongs of past consumption. Workers around the world enter industries like the global garment sector for economic empowerment. And our future purchase offer an opportunity for us to help this promise be fulfilled.
By humanizing the women who make our clothes, Remake is looking to mobilize consumers to move beyond boycotts and vote with their wallets.
The NGOs Humanity United and the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre recently issued a report that is pessimistic about the global apparel industry’s efforts to eradicate forced labor from their supply chains. While Adidas scored relatively high, most of the world’s largest apparel companies are laggards on labor and human rights.
Bonded labor has become common across India’s garment sector, as suppliers seek to keep costs down in a hyper-competitive industry. Within this sector, a corrupt system entraps as many as 120,000 young women and girls annually.
While those of us in the Western world tend to think of slavery as a thing of the past, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Read on for simple ways you can help stamp out modern-day slavery, and take action today!
Some customers are burning their New Balance shoes following an executive’s pro-Trump comments. Things only got worse for New Balance when an alt-right website endorsed the company as “the official shoes of white people.” Now, the company is quickly trying to clarify its position in a hairy political climate.
Growing momentum around the issue of modern slavery is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss, writes Brandee Butler, Head of Gender Justice and Human Rights at C&A Foundation.
Lost fishing nets are a dangerous threat to fish, marine mammals, sea turtles and other types of marine life that become entangled in their webs. But Volcom’s solution gives these discards from the fishing industry new life.
SPECIAL SERIES: How Cotton Goes Beyond Fabric - Sustainably
Cotton has a reputation for being “difficult,” water-wise. The truth, as is often the case, is not so cut and dried. In fact, cotton is downright drought tolerant and there are numerous ongoing efforts to improve cotton’s water footprint across the board.
Child labor is all too common in India. “It is everywhere,” Anindit Roy Chowdhury of the C&A Foundation told TriplePundit. It is so acceptable that children who work in cotton fields will not complain. “They don’t even realize the kind of exploitation they are experiencing.”
While legislation is finally coming online to strengthen corporations’ voluntary commitments on forced labor, loopholes remain.
SPECIAL SERIES: Rethink Reuse
Americans are gravitating toward sustainable fashion. But there’s a problem: People can’t choose sustainably-sourced clothing if it’s not available on the shelves. Ken Alterman of Savers highlights leaders who are pushing sustainable fashion into the mainstream.