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November 2016

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Ethical Fashion News

Fashion Revolution: The Voice Of Garment Workers In Asia

UK-based non-profit Fashion Revolution is chronicling the plight of garment workers in Asia When you buy your clothes, do you think of who made them? I certainly didn’t, for years and years. I started thinking of them when I began my sustainable fashion journey, and was shocked to discover that most fast fashion garments are made in sweatshops in low-wage countries such as Bangladesh and Cambodia. I started to wonder about these garment workers and what their lives must be like, which led me to research a project by UK-based non-profit Fashion Revolution and Microfinance Opportunities that chronicles the daily lives of garment workers in Bangladesh, Cambodia and India. I recently did an e-mail interview with Sarah Ditty, head of policy at Fashion Revolution about The Garment Worker Diaries and she gave me a detailed account of what they’re doing and future plans for the project. Just in case you haven’t already read about it (more information here), The Garment Worker Diaries is a yearlong research project spearheaded by Microfinance Opportunities in collaboration with Fashion Revolution and supported by the C&A Foundation. Here’s a summary of my interview with Fashion Revolution on the project: Fashionably Kind (FK): What inspired Fashion […]

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Film Reviews

Film Review: Frontline Fashion

A behind-the-scenes view of the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition The thing about fashion design competitions is that they are usually about the fashion and antics of the competing designers. Rarely do these competitions have a bigger cause to support. However, the EcoChic Design Award is a refreshing exception to the rule. The award is focused on sustainable fashion, namely, clothes made with minimal social and environmental impact. Started by Hong Kong-based environmental non-governmental organisation (NGO) Redress, the EcoChic Design Award is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition for emerging fashion designers today. The NGO has produced a 50-minute documentary called Frontline Fashion detailing the 2015/2016 cycle of the competition. This happened to be the sixth cycle of the EcoChic Design Award, as well as the biggest, as it was open to fashion designers living in Asia and in Europe. While the documentary is short by the usual documentary feature standards, I found that it did effectively convey the message that Redress is trying to get across: that sustainable fashion is necessary and that there is a place for it in the fashion world. Christina Dean, founder and chief executive officer of Redress, is the narrator of Frontline […]

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Sustainable Living

The Zero Waste Lifestyle

Fashionably Kind  speaks to Claire Sancelot on the zero waste life Human beings generate tons and tons of waste each year, some more so than others. I know I need to do more in the recycling department, especially when the facilities provided by the authorities are lacking. That aside, I believe there’s much we can still do to live more sustainably and less wastefully. I spoke recently to Claire Sancelot, who’s a shining example of how sustainability can truly be integrated into our daily lives, even if we live in parts of the city (or country) that don’t have recycling facilities. Sancelot, who is founder of the Zero Waste Kuala Lumpur movement, is also owner of The Hive, a neighbourhood co-operative in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, which sells all kinds of foods in bulk (as a lot of packaging ends up being waste), preloved clothes, as well as organic cosmetics (more on The Hive later in this article). According to Sancelot, she has been living the zero waste lifestyle since 2010, when her first child was born. “My husband and I, we’ve always been kind of greenish in the sense we’re into recycling, refusing bottled water or shopping bags at the […]

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Slow Fashion Finds

The Women On Kickstarter You Need To Know About

  Meet the business savvy and ethical women and their projects on Kickstarter The reality in the business world is that it is a world dominated by men. Women have fought long and hard to claim leadership positions in this domain. Some have succeeded, others have failed. Yet many more still soldier on, waiting for their chance in the sun. Here at Fashionably Kind, I would like to pay tribute to four women running ethical fashion startups, either by themselves or with a co-founder. They just happen to have projects live on Kickstarter at the moment, and I hope you will join me in supporting their businesses. Here are their ethical fashion projects:   1. Nokshi Crafts Kickstarter page link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nokshicrafts/worlds-first-ethically-produced-hand-painted-scarf About the brand:  Founded by Maisha Samiha, a Canadian of Bangladeshi descent, Nokshi Crafts is behind the first ethically produced hand-painted scarf line (read more about Maisha’s story in Style Wise’s recent article).  The brand is all about empowering rural artisans in Bangladesh, most of whom are women. In the brand’s own words: “Nokshi Crafts was created with a vision to provide opportunities for artisans, mostly women, who do not have access to markets. We give them a global […]

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Slow Fashion Finds

Three Handbag And Leather Goods Brands To Watch

Project JUST’s latest Just Approved™ list showcases brands that are not afraid to be different If you’ve seen The True Cost, you’ll know that the leather industry is a great pollutant and dangerous to the planet and its people. That’s why it’s so refreshing that Project JUST has come up with its own list of curated brands that sell handbags and leather-based products, which is available on its website. The three brands featured by Project JUST fall under its Just Approved™ list, and this list of handbags and leather brands was published online in late October (the next Just Approved™ list comes out in December, so stay tuned!). As Project JUST describes it, Just Approved™ is “a series of guides to help you discover the best fashion companies and brands to shop”. For more information on the criteria used to select the brands, visit http://projectjust.com/justapproved/. Now, on to the brands. Here’s the list of handbags and leather goods brands curated by Project JUST: O My Bag Website: omybag.nl Price range: US$65 and above According to Project JUST, the Sheong Shi Tannery which O My Bag works with sources leather locally from less than 100 km away and only from cows that […]

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