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.
This month, CoverGirl hired its first male brand ambassador, 17-year-old James Charles. The high-school senior is just one of many who are challenging conventional beauty norms and redefining what it means to be “masculine.” Fashion and beauty companies have no choice but to accept, and even celebrate, these trends.
Christina Barry-Simmons and Lex Agapinan of Pinchot University used their graduate project to demonstrate the value of measurement and transparency in supporting Columbia Sportswear’s sustainability work.
Despite considerable progress in the last few years, forced labor remains a problem in many industries. And the garment and apparel sector is no exception. TriplePundit sat down with Kilian Moote of KnowTheChain.org to find out more about why forced labor persists in the industry and what can be done.
Levi’s plans to expand its worker well-being initiatives to factories across its entire supply chain, reaching 300,000 workers by 2025. The apparel giant says it hopes to inspire other brands within the global garment industry to follow suit.
Earlier this year, two mobile telephone systems launched in Bangladesh that now allow workers to anonymously report signs of human trafficking, delayed wages and child labor. They did, and the results are unsettling.
Bert Van Son, CEO and founder of MUD Jeans, talks about MUD’s disruptive “lease a jeans” business model and the challenges of taking an eco-conscious lifestyle brand mainstream.