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the Ethical Rebel Student Take Over

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the Ethical Rebel Magazine Student Take Over

We’re very excited about publishing our next issue of the Ethical Rebel Magazine as a Student Take Over with Cornwall College.

The theme for the issue is Superheroes = those who do what’s right in the face of adversity

The students will explore who their superheroes in the fashion industry are, from brands, to consumers to influencers.

There will be articles on our ethical fashion topics and opinion pieces on the issues that bother the students, with illustrations, photographs and videos inspired by them. They’ll review the brands they love, how they make their clothes and why they like them.

Each pioneering brand tackling ethical fashion issues will feature in a double page spread dedicated to that brand as well as in a photoshoot with other brands tackling similar issues. Some of the topics we’re covering include: pollution, especially plastics; the role of vintage, charity shop and secondhand clothing; and modern day slavery in the fashion industry.

We’re planning a 48 page issue of key ethical fashion companies with photoshoots against a Cornish backdrop. There will be fun group shots with superhero themes, as well as experimental shoots highlighting ethical fashion issues. Images will be high quality and the aim is to portray ethical fashion as fun, lively, edgy, adventurous and exciting.

Student submissions will be critiqued to obtain the highest quality content, with beautiful imagery and artistic expression. We also hope to include some garments made by the students from reclaimed fabrics.

The magazine will only feature ethical clothing. In the past we featured brands such as Ally Bee Knitwear, Bibico, Bojest, brm, Celtic & Co., Fair-T, Nudie Jeans, RockulateR and SueMe.

The photoshoot will take place on 23rd January 2019. If you would like to submit items to be included in the photoshoot we will need them no later than 21st January 2019.

We plan to publish the magazine in May 2019.

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Submissions invited

Cornwall College Students

Submit your work for inclusion in the Student Take Over magazine

Ethical Fashion Brands

Send items for inclusion in the next issue of the Ethical Rebel magazine

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Ethical Rebel magazine Submission Guidelines

We are very excited that the next issue of the Ethical Rebel magazine is a Student Take Over by Cornwall College.

Below you will find information about the theme and topics for the next issue and guidelines on the kind of work that students can submit.

If you would like to submit written work, you can find more detailed submission guidelines here

Topics

Deadlines

Final deadline 28 February 2019

To be considered for publication in the magazine ALL work must be submitted by 28th February 2019.

Optional: If you want feedback on any proposed submissions, please send them to me by 15th February 2019 so that you have time to edit it for the final deadline.

It is proposed to launch the magazine in May 2019.

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Ethical Rebel Magazine Submissions for writers

Magazine submissions are invited for the next issue of the Ethical Rebel.

We are particularly excited about this issue as it will be a Cornwall College Student Take Over. The students are providing all the imagery and we are inviting writers everywhere to submit articles, opinion pieces and other written content. (If you are a student providing imagery your submission guidelines are here)

We are always interested in hearing what you think about ethical fashion and issues in the fashion industry. Below you will find our theme and the topics we are covering in our next issue and guidelines on what we are looking for.

Do lots of research and keep your writing concise. We are looking for content that is informed and informative, intelligent yet easy to read.

Topics

If you would like to submit a feature article, you can write about anything related to one of our ethical fashion topics: pollution and plastics; textile waste; and Modern Day Slavery. (See more about these below).

Choose a topic and angle that you are passionate about. For example, you may choose Modern Day Slavery as a topic, to explore why there’s slavery in the fashion industry or explore how people can make sure there is no Modern Day Slavery in the garments they buy.

Make sure you research any facts you include thoroughly and include the source of any statistics. 

Pollution and Plastics

Fashion has been labelled as the 2nd biggest polluter in the world, polluting waterways with pesticides, dyes, treatment chemicals and plastic microfibres. As a result, clean drinking water has become a scarce commodity in places like China and it is thought that we are all regularly consuming plastics shed by our clothes.

Pesticides used to grown cotton are linked to high cancer rates in cotton farmers. Tannery workers, including children, stand barefoot in carcinogenic chemicals and various acids that can cause chronic skin conditions. An estimated 90% of these tannery workers will die before the age of 50.

What can the fashion industry do to clean up its mess? Who is inspiring you with how they are tackling these issues?

Textile Waste

A huge amount of clothing gets thrown away. Much of it is unused or simply in need of minor repairs. Luxury brands destroy millions of pounds worth of surplus stock. Have we lost all appreciation of how much work goes into the making of our clothes?

Charity shops are becoming ever more popular, providing quality clothing at an affordable price. In any High Street, the charity shops have far more customers than many of the High Street fashion retailers, but they still have far more clothes donated to them than they can sell within the UK.

Does rescuing unwanted textiles and transforming them into new garments and accessories add value to our clothes again?

Modern Day Slavery

We have become so attuned to buying cheap clothes that we have forgotten just how much work is involved in making them.

Clothes have to be made by hand. There is currently no machinery capable of putting fabrics together to create clothes without the skill of a garment worker. Very few of these skilled garment workers are paid a living wage.

In order to keep costs low  factories buy fabrics from or subcontract manufacturing to businesses using slave or child labour.  Few supply chains are slave free.

In many countries, even in the UK, garment workers seeking fairer pay and conditions are beaten.

Write about a fashion brand that inspires you

Elvis and Kreese firehose belt

We had some very exciting brands join us on our photoshoot. We are featuring each of them in a double page spread and we would love to hear what you think about them:

OR

review a brand you love, how their clothes are made and why you love them so much

Opinion Pieces

Write about an ethical fashion issue that bothers you. Have your voice heard.

For example:

  • the use of zero sized and/or under age models instead of real sized  models
  • are clothing images   over-sexualised?

OR

Interview a series of brands about ethical fashion issues and report the results

OR

interview friends and family or people on the streets and share what they think about issues in the fashion industry

OR

anything else you think we might be interested in (email us on ethicalrebel@outlook.com to pitch your idea)

Editorial

Write about the Student Take Over, the processes and research done by the students, what they’ve learnt and how it has affected them.

Submission Guidelines

Please send your work in a Word document, double spacing, Arial size 12 with your suggested title.

If we need to edit your work, we will still credit you as the author but will include the wording Edited from an article submitted by…..

Written submissions can be of any length but must be your own original and previously unpublished work and not submitted elsewhere. 

If accepted, your work may be featured on the Ethical Rebel website, in the magazine or both.

Full Disclosure: By allowing the Ethical Rebel to publish your work, you grant us permission to use your work in any of our publications, websites, marketing material, advertisements, videos and any other mediums or formats used in the creation, dissemination, and monetization of Ethical Rebel content.

Please send your work to ethicalrebel@outlook.com with the name of the author and links to your website for linking purposes to help promote your work. Please ensure that the link and the author’s name you send us are spelt correctly. 

We look forward to seeing your work!

Deadlines

Final deadline 28 February 2019

To be considered for publication in the magazine ALL work must be submitted by 28th February 2019.

Optional: If you want feedback on any proposed submissions, please send them to me by 15th February 2019 so that you have time to edit it for the final deadline.

It is proposed to launch the magazine in May 2019.

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Ethical brands invited to send in clothing for the next issue of the Ethical Rebel magazine

Double page spread for Nudie Jeans

We are looking for ethical fashion brands to feature in the next issue of the Ethical Rebel magazine.

Our next issue is particularly exciting as it will be a Student Take Over by Cornwall College students. They have been building up a very exciting portfolio under the guidance of their very talented photography tutors. Acclaimed fashion photographer Sarah Brittain Edwards will be mentoring them for the photoshoot. All images are expected to be of a very high quality.

The location will have an edgy Cornish backdrop. The garments will be styled as strong streetwear, with individual character. 

We will credit your brand on all pages where your clothes appear. We will also feature your brand in a double page spread with your story and your passion for tackling fashion issues.

We have chosen the theme of Superheroes to celebrate the amazing brands, customers, celebrities, influencers and activists who are the sustainable fashion role models for the younger generation.

Topics

We are looking for clothing from brands actively involved in tackling our three main topics:

  • Marine pollution – ghost nets/plastic pollution
  • Making clothes last longer – embellishing and repairing old clothes/upcycling/buying preloved
  • Slave Labour  – the payment of a fair living wage at all stages of the supply chain

Key Dates

The photoshoot will take place on 23rd January 2019 so we need clothes no later than Monday 21st January.

Items to send

You can send as many outfits as you like, but they must have been sustainably produced.

We are looking for sizes 6, 8, 10 and 12, shoe sizes 4-7 for womenswear and sizes S, M, L, XL, 32/29, 34 and 36L, shoe sizes 10-12 for menswear. Please do not send size zero clothing as they will not be used.

Items Returned

We will return items sent to us from within the UK by courier. If your brand is based in Cornwall, we are happy to collect and return items directly from you.

Publication

We publish the magazine in May 2019 and we will distribute it throughout the UK.

We anticipate that the magazine will be printed in a 210mm x 210mm square format on uncoated paper. It will probably be unbound with approx 48 pages printed on high quality uncoated stock. This is subject to change as the students will develop and design the magazine to best represent their work in the Student Take Over.

Get in touch

If you would like to feature your brand or recommend any other ethical brands, please contact us. Likewise if you have any queries or want to arrange delivery of clothing. You can contact the editor by email ethicalrebel@outlook.com

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Easily find Ethical Fashion Brands

A selection of ethical fashion brands on our Ethical Fashion Directory

An Ethical Fashion Directory to help you easily find Ethical Fashion Brands

There are so many fantastic ethical fashion brands waiting to be discovered but how do you find the one you’ll love that matches your values? 

We’re developing an Ethical Fashion Directory to help you easily find the clothes you want to wear that won’t harm people or the planet. 

You can filter your search by selecting what’s important to you. For example:

  • under Ethical Issues Tackled you can make sure the brand cares about the issues that matter to you eg selling fairtrade;
  • under Style you can choose the style of clothes you need from Casual to Luxury; and
  • under Clothing Category you might be looking for Menswear or a brand that sells Petite sizes.

As soon as you make your selections the directory automatically loads the brands that meet your criteria.

If there’s a particular feature you’re looking for that doesn’t appear, please email us at ethicalrebel@outlook.com. We’ll put the word out on social media and as soon as we find any brands that sell what you’re looking for, we’ll let you know.

We’ve also included other ethical Fashion Directories and Shopping Apps as they may include brands we haven’t had time to add on here yet. There’s also some great ethical fashion magazines so you can find out more about all the wonderful ethical fashion choices out there.

The directory is growing constantly so keep checking back! If you’re subscribed to our newsletter we’ll let you know about any new brands we find.

If you know anyone else who is interested in buying more ethically, please feel free to share this with them.

Use the Ethical Fashion Directory

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The need for ETHICAL REBELs

The industrial revolution in Victorian England has been well documented by authors such as Charles Dickens and is generally associated with an era of abject poverty, abusive employers, high levels of pollution, dangerous factories with frequent accidents that maim or kill employees, workers forced to live in slums and a lucky man is one who makes it to the age of 30.

We now relegate these images to history; a time long ago that is no longer relevant to a modern and sophisticated society that takes an arsenal of health & safety and employment laws for granted.

But over the last few decades our factories have moved overseas as retailers drive down production costs to make bigger profits. These overseas factories emulate the same appalling Victorian conditions: workers in buildings that should be condemned, structurally unsound and with no fire exits; wages so low that even working over 100 hours a week cannot earn enough to feed a family; drinking water contaminated by chemicals and dyes; and that’s just the stuff we know.

And the price of our clothes has dropped. Dramatically. A generation of young people has now grown up with and expects clothes to be cheap. But these cheap clothes, that cost us so little, is costing the people that make them their very lives.

But the problem does not end there. Because these clothes are so cheap, they are quickly replaced, even when there is nothing wrong with them and often when they haven’t even been worn. The volume of clothing that goes to landfill has been recorded as the second biggest pollutant in the world after oil. It’s actually worse than the plastic contamination in our seas.

A fair price means paying garment workers at a rate they can live on and providing safe working conditions. This means higher production costs, which would mean increasing the price of our clothes. In many cases, the price would only need to increase by a couple of pounds, but it would ensure that the people making our clothes can afford to eat and not live in squalor. It would also add value to our clothes. If you have to spend more, you’re going to make sure you invest your money wisely and keep your clothes lasting longer.

High street retailers just don’t believe that the British public is conscientious enough to pay a fair price for their clothes anymore.

I believe differently. I believe that most people do care. The issue is that they aren’t being given a choice.

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The need for Ethical Fashion

Why there’s a need for ethical fashion that does not subscribe to the historical model of slavery, neglect and poverty

Why is there a need for ethical fashion?

Because the people who make our clothes have become invisible. We don’t know who they are. We don’t see them. And just like that….BOOM!….we don’t think about them. They just aren’t up there in our long list of important stuff. We have other things to think about.

Consider everything you know about the industrial revolution in Victorian England: dangerous factories, workers forced to live in slums, abject poverty, abnormally low mortality rates, high levels of pollution. Those same conditions are now being experienced by an increasing number of countries throughout the world as retailers switch from buying products at fair prices to demanding cheaper products so they can make bigger profits or under-price to attract more customers. With each lower price poverty levels and the working conditions of the people who make our clothes deteriorate yet further.

Most clothes sold on the High Street and online share these features:

  • made in a sweatshop and/or by trafficked slaves (usually female, often a child)
  • made in unsafe working conditions
  • pollute local drinking water
  • cause cancerous smog
  • end up in landfill

There are other issues that affect those in the west too: undersized and underage fashion models, model abuse, design theft, manipulative marketing, pollution caused by high volumes of clothing in landfill, and many more. Unfortunately the fashion industry has allowed itself to become mired in so many damaging practices that it will take years, possibly decades, to sort itself out.

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Letter to the High Street

Dear High Street,

Before I buy any of your products please tell me whether the garment worker who produced your clothes:

  • is safe in their working environment
  • has freedom of movement
  • is able to negotiate and discuss publicly their pay and working conditions without manipulation, harassment or threat
  • earns enough money in a 48 hour working week after tax to cover the basic essentials of food, clothing, a home, education, medical needs and a pension

Many garment workers earn less than 25% of the wage needed to support a family’s basic needs even when working full time. To obtain a fair living wage they need to negotiate a 400% wage increase. Do you accept that attempts to negotiate such a high increase are likely to be rejected, particularly in countries where strikes are met with police intimidation and brutality?

If the current pay rate of your garment workers requires more than a 20% pay increase to achieve the minimum living wage, are you shareholders willing to invest in subsidising the difference, adopting a revised business strategy if necessary to top up garment worker wages and collaborating with other brands and suppliers to eradicate wage slavery?

Are you willing to make publicly available, and especially to those involved in making your clothes:

1. Your signature on the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Accord and a list of the health and safety measures invested in throughout your supply chain, including: your own head office; every shop floor; every factory floor

2.  Reports that include the percentage of your supply chain traced to date, including cut-make-trim, spinning, weaving and dyeing and the harvest of cotton

3.  The names, addresses and contact details of supplier facilities, subcontracted suppliers and labour agents managing home-working facilities

4.  For each region involved in your supply chain:

• actual pay rate;
• actual wage paid for a 48 hour working week;
• the minimum living wage calculated by an independent assessor;
• the additional cost per garment of subsidising the difference in pay between the actual pay rate and the minimum living wage rate;
• percentage of employment contracts signed, explained and understood by workers and witnessed by someone unaffiliated with their employer;
• content of each type of contract used to employ or sub-contract workers;
• percentage of workers on each type of contract by supplier;
• the rate at which piece-work is paid;
• an independent audit of piece-work where the auditor undertakes the work required to ensure it yields a living wage within a maximum number of hours in a working week at the appropriate skill level;
• reports on the piece-rate and the number of hours it takes on average to obtain a living wage;
• the maximum number of hours in a working week, including required breaks and holidays;
• the number of hours worked in a day, beyond which over-time is paid;
• the rate of over-time pay;
• Grievance and Dispute Resolution Procedures

5.  A report from an impartial investigator, like the Fair Wear Foundation, on the impact your activities have on human rights throughout the supply chain and the real impact on workers before and after adverse impacts on human rights are responded to, using measurable indicators

6.  Support for legislation that requires all brands and retailers with garment supply chains to be transparent and adopt ethical practices

I very much look forward to your response

All the very best

Your favourite customer

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the ETHICAL REBEL Magazine launched

Page featuring Rockulatr
We are very excited to launch the very first issue of the ETHICAL REBEL magazine for those who want to be sure that the clothes they buy are made ethically ie they are not made by slaves or children and don’t pollute local rivers or the oceans. They want clothes that are made by workers in safe conditions, paid at a fair wage and are beneficial to the environment.

In each issue we feature:

  • ethical fashion brands that care as much about people and the planet as they do about making amazing clothes;
  • the ethical issues these brands are tackling; and
  • an overview of progress being made in the fashion industry on key ethical issues

Issue 01

There are so many issues that need to be tackled in the fashion industry but for our first issue we decided to focus on:

  • wage slavery (use of sweatshops and trafficking in the supply chain);
  • pollution and the environment; and
  • the rebuilding of local fashion industries

Future Issues:

In future issues we plan to unpick, among other things: how pricing wars undermine your pay and the economy; the psychology of advertising; the use of undersized and underage fashion models; model abuse; lack of real-size models; design theft; and manipulative marketing.

 

the Ethical Rebel Magazine Issue 01 available now!