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    Beyond the hashtag

    24 April 2015 by Victoria Waugh, Account Manager, photos by Anna Galandzij, Press Officer, at Fairtrade Foundation

    Do you know where the T’shirt you are wearing was made?  How about your favourite pair of jeans?  Do you know who cut out the fabric and stitched them together?  It’s funny to think that the clothes that fill our wardrobes, that keep us warm and help define our identity are all carefully made by people we’ll never know.  Every seam, every zip, every sequin and button was sewn on by someone – those people, the invisible ones, hidden away across supply chains all over the world, whose livelihoods depend on growing cotton, weaving cloth and sewing it into garments for us to wear.

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  • Fash Mob takes over Carnaby Street

    25 April 2014 by dwebb

    Yesterday, Thursday 24 April, saw fashion students from across London gather on Carnaby Street – one of the most famous fashion streets in the world – to campaign for a more sustainable fashion industry as part of Fashion Revolution Day.

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  • From cotton fields to cutting floors: it’s time to revolutionise the fashion industry

    24 April 2014 by Rachel Hearson, Account Manager for Major Retailers Cotton at the Fairtrade Foundation

    Rachel Hearson, Fairtrade Foundation Account Manager for Major Retailers Cotton, recounts her own personal journey into the lives of cotton farming communities and speaks about how UK shoppers are now demanding that the people making their clothes get a fair deal.

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  • From the cotton field upwards: recognising accountability in the fashion industry

    24 April 2014 by dwebb

    GS Rao is the State Co-ordinator for Chetna Organic for their farmers in the state of Odisha, in the east of India. He represents more than 3,000 smallholder tribal farmers, belonging to 4 organic and Fairtrade cotton farmer cooperatives in Odisha, one of the poorest states in India. Here, he describes why Fashion Revolution Day is a trigger for a more harmonious supply chain.

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  • Following the thread: the start of a Fashion Revolution

    23 April 2014 by Orsola de Castro, Creative Director at fashion label From Somewhere

    Orsola de Castro is creative director at fashion label From Somewhere, which makes clothes from recycled off cuts of luxury materials. She is also co-founder and co-curator of Estethica at London Fashion Week and a co-founder of Fashion Revolution Day. 

    Here Orsola reflects on why following the thread in our clothes from beginning to end is vital and why we need a revolution in fashion.

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  • Climate Change: Committing to helping producers adapt

    31 March 2014 by Orsola de Castro, Creative Director at fashion label From Somewhere

    Orsola de Castro is creative director at fashion label From Somewhere, which makes clothes from recycled off cuts of luxury materials. She is also co-founder and co-curator of Estethica at London Fashion Week and a co-founder of Fashion Revolution Day. 

    Here Orsola reflects on why following the thread in our clothes from beginning to end is vital and why we need a revolution in fashion.

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