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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

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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!

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Mobile Refugee Support

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Mobile Refugee Support (MRS) IS one of the few NGOs still in France where clusters of refugees, mainly children, have set up camp as they wait to find a new home. They are often beaten and moved on with their possessions taken away by French police.

Artwork dedicated to Mobile Refugee Support

The artwork created for Timeline 67, Scene 2 is dedicated to Mobile Refugee Support, which will receive 50% of profits made on any products featuring artwork from this scene.

Why this artwork?

In this scene, 12 year old Anna is being helped to escape a desperate situation. The situation in France is also desperate but widely ignored by international organisations and the media. Children have had to flee from their homes where their families have been murdered or threatened with murder by ISIS. They cannot go home. If they return they’ll die. The UK had pledged to take them but that promise has not yet materialised. They are waiting for a safe place to call home but meantime they must find some hole or corner where they can escape being beaten and abused just because they are there. And winter is fast approaching. They have no beds and no heat. What will become of them then?

Mobile Refugee Support provides mobile aid, consolidation and support to refugees and displaced peoples and is currently based and operating in northern France targeting locations that have been neglected by governments and larger NGOs.

MRS supplies basic essentials and necessities that enable more bearable conditions for those stranded without homes or safety in foreign countries, including relevant, helpful and up-to-date information.

Access to power is an integral part of their distributions, with each visit accompanied by a generator that can be used by up to 300 individuals at a time.

The team currently consists of a handful of dedicated and experienced humanitarian aid workers. Donations, whether financial or material, enable them to continue the work that many would be disadvantaged without.

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50% of profit from these products support Mobile Refugee Support

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