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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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the ETHICAL REBEL Magazine launched

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.

 

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the Ethical Rebel Magazine Issue 01 available now!

Tracey Dockree Exhibition Preview

Timeline 67 Chapter 1 Exhibition Preview

We launched Timeline 67 Chapter 1 with an Exhibition of the prints used on the t-shirts and the charities that each scene supports. Everyone had a blast and a few of our guests agreed to model for us

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Bringing Freedom

Bringing Freedom is a charity I’ve long admired for their passion in supporting victims of trafficking, raising awareness of the dangers for young people travelling abroad and how to spot the signs that someone is trafficked.

Why this artwork?

In this scene, there’s a section where Gabriella’s hands have been tied up but someone has appeared to set her free. To me this is so symbolic of what Bringing Freedom is all about: setting people free from their bonds to their owners, both physically and emotionally. For once the victims are free there is an incredible amount of shame and low esteem they have to overcome, especially as they will often be rejected by their families if they were in sexual bondage.

Human trafficking is the second most profitable crime with over 45 million people held in slavery worldwide. Every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of human trafficking. All it takes is a moment for an individual to be forced, coerced, or deceived into modern-day slavery. There are an estimated 14,000 victims currently in the UK.In September 2014, 8 arrests were made in Devon and Cornwall linked to human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Police arrested 5 women, aged 26-34, and 3 men, aged 35-37, on suspicion of trafficking people into the UK for the purpose of labour exploitation. One victim was made to sleep in a cupboard. Czech nationals were rescued, including 13 children.

Bringing Freedom is a non-profit Christian based Cornish charity helping to end human trafficking & modern day slavery.

Bringing Freedom raises awareness about the dangers surrounding human trafficking and slavery through fundraising events and presentations to help teach people about being cautious when travelling, when applying for jobs and how to identify the signs of trafficking and slavery.

Bringing Freedom’s vision is to raise enough funds to build safe houses in Cornwall. These safe houses will help restore the lives of victims of human trafficking, slavery, and sexual abuse by providing a home, counselling, education, everyday life skills and job training, with full guidance on their new direction in life. To keep ongoing contact with each individual after they leave Bringing Freedom’s care, to show that Bringing Freedom’s love for them is always there.

50% of profit from these products support Bringing Freedom

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The Medaille Trust

The primary mission of The Medaille Trust is the empowerment of women, men and children, who have been freed from the human-trafficking and the modern day slavery industry in the UK, enabling them to regain their dignity and self-worth. They do this by providing safe housing and offering opportunities for physical and psychological healing, rehabilitation and protection to the victims in their care.The Medaille Trust operates from 7 safe houses offering a total of 61 bed spaces to women, men and children. Their current range of safe house provision offers 3 dedicated women’s houses, 3 male houses and 1 specialist family centre. With their range of safe houses located across the country the trust can offer a warm and safe home with a loving team of staff to assist with the 1st stage of the victim’s recovery.

Challenge your local MPs
Challenge your local MPs to use their position to obtain funding from the seized assets of the traffickers to directly help victims.

‘Make Poverty History’
Work to support any initiative to ‘Make Poverty History’, so that there will be opportunities in all countries for young people to work, and so that traffickers will not be able to take advantage of such levels of poverty.

Become Informed
Become more informed on this issue and engage in conversation with others in your home, workplace, sports club and place of worship

http://www.medaille-trust.org.uk/

50% of profit on the following products support The Medaille Trust

Stories

Timeline 67: The Novel

Set in 1901, Timeline 67 is inspired by local Cornish history and the shipwreck of Dutch schooner Voorspoed (or Prosperity) on Perranporth Beach in 1901. Chapter 1 introduces us to our lead ladies in Old Amsterdam, where Gabriella is persuaded to help Anna escape from her owner, Raoul. 

In future chapters we’ll meet our reluctant heroes in Cornwall who rescue the girls from the wreck. As they try to retrieve Anna’s treasures from looters they all stumble on a land of mixed up timelines (including the titular AD67) and discover a deeper, darker plot about to invade our world. 

Historical facts and characters are woven into the story, including the ship Voorspoed and Captain de Grooth, but the parts they play and the story itself is entirely fictional.

The story touches on some of the dark issues that affect our society today, combining the menacing beauty of Peaky Blinders and the dark machinations of Lucifer with the aesthetic appeal of Toulouse Lautrec.

Planned publishing date and book launch April 2018. To grab your copy, sign up for the emails below and we will let you know as soon as they come available.

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