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True Cost and Real Relief in this week’s Ethical Fashion Friday

May 21st, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Ethical Fashion Friday on the Indigenous Blog

Looking for a way to make your wardrobe more ethical? We’ve got a few suggestions.

Worried about how the next generations will carry on the fashion revolution? We’ve got evidence that they’ll do it, and do it better.

Want to push the fashion revolution forward while supporting victims of natural disaster? We have just the thing.

Let’s talk about true cost and real relief this week.

True Cost and 5 Ways to an Ethical Wardrobe >>

Social Stunts and New Brands follow Fashion Revolution day in this week’s Ethical Fashion Friday

May 14th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Ethical Fashion Friday News Update May 15th 2015Would you buy a shirt from a vending machine for $2? What if you knew what it took to bring you that shirt so cheaply?

Have you heard of some of the latest ethical clothing brands on the market? What does the continual influx say about the fashion revolution?

Let’s dig into this week’s Ethical Fashion Friday.

Turning Down a 2 Euro T-Shirt

The Fashion Revolution is still making headlines this week with the video of a social stunt set up in Berlin, Germany. The video shows passersby approaching a vending machine that offers t-shirts for 2 euros. After inserting their money and selecting a size, the potential customer sees a video in which they meet an underpaid, poorly treated garment worker. Most people skipped the shirt and donated the money instead.

Watch the video &

Fashion Revolution Day T-Shirts for 2 Euros Vending Machine Stunt

Three Things to do for Mothers This Mother’s Day

May 8th, 2015 - contributed by Indigenous

grandmother holding her granddaughter With stores full of cards, and flower shops pleading with you to “remember Mom this Mother’s Day!” the pressure to make big plans is on. And rightfully so. Motherhood, with its heart-growth and heartache, pain and beauty, struggle and glory, is more than worthy of a day. Mothers more than deserve a day of recognition and love.

Continue reading for ideas about celebrating, giving back and supporting our own and other mothers »

John Oliver Takes on Fast Fashion (and All Those $5 T-Shirts)

Apr 28th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

John Oliver Show on HBO Addresses Fast Fashion from Walmart, Gap, HM, Joe Fresh, The Childrens Place

This is only John Oliver's second season, but already he's made some big waves by taking on hidden pockets of injustice and negligence. And he's won a Peabody Award doing it. This past Sunday, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver tackled the atrocities of Fast Fashion. With his characteristically sarcastic style, Oliver shows how we've managed to forget failures by H&M, Wal-Mart and The Gap, simply because their prices are low. Why are those prices so low? Watch this segment.

(Watch all the way to the end to find out how he's making his point to company CEO's.)

Warning: this show airs on HBO at a late hour. It is geared for mature audiences and contains some adult language.

Watch it now >

Is your tag showing? It’s Fashion Revolution Day.

Apr 23rd, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

One of our ethically treated garment workers at a safe and ethical factory in Peru.Today is the day. It’s time to ask fashion brands around the world #whomademyclothes. It’s time to encourage your friends and family to ask the same. It’s time to wear your clothes inside out, not as a mistake, but to make a statement. It’s Fashion Revolution Day. Let’s talk about supply chain transparency.

The goal of this day isn’t for those of us in the movement to come together and remember the tragedy at Rana Plaza. We could never forget the horrific day that thousands lost their lives to fast fashion. And those of us who have been working for ethical fashion know even more lives are lost and damaged every day. Today, we want to bring new people into the movement, especially people who make decisions at the world’s top fashion brands, and continue working towards a world where supply chains are transparent.

That’s what #WhoMadeMyClothes is really about—pulling back the curtains so that we all can see the process by which clothes are made, shown in our stores or delivered to our doors. Too often that process includes factories like the one that collapsed at Rana Plaza. Too often that process includes people locked in buildings for hours without a break, working for poverty wages without any way to change their lives for the better. Too often these conditions exist and we have no idea. We need to ask more questions.

We need to ask more questions and fashion companies need to provide more answers. Here at Indigenous, we’re happy to take the lead.

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It’s Earth Day! A Great Chance to Share Conservation with the Kids You Love!

Apr 21st, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

We do not inherit the earth quote.

It's Earth Day! Today is the perfect opportunity to teach your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews about taking care of our amazing planet.  

We know that people who look for fair trade, all-organic and natural clothing are looking out for the Earth every day. Not just one day a year. But if you're like most of us, you're also very busy. That's why we put together a ready-to-use list: 5 Ideas for Teaching Children to Care for the Earth, complete with pictures and video.

See our list of 5 ideas, simple enough for children to remember and practical enough for you to lead by example! >>

Business Savvy Ethical Clothing, Ethical Sleepwear, and Admitting the Hard Parts

Apr 16th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Ethical Fashion Friday featuring H&M Conscious Collection and ALAS Ethically Made SleepwearWe all know that sourcing sustainable materials and engaging in fair trade practices is the right way to produce clothes. But could it be good for business too?

The world of ethical fashion is growing and expanding. Now you can sleep sustainably.

We have so many choices today, and so much information with which to make those choices. One writer reflects on the good and hard sides of wanting to be kind to the world while also loving high fashion.

As Fashion Revolution Day approaches, it seems everyone is thinking about and seeking out ethical fashion. So let’s dig in.

Read the latest for Ethical Fashion Friday >>

Indigenous Honored Again as Best for the World by B Corp

Apr 14th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Indigenous honored as Best for the World by B Corporation

Celebrate with us! Indigenous was named a 2015 Best for the World honoree by B Lab, a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good.

This year, only five apparel and accessory companies are recognized as Best for the World, and we are honored to be among such a select group. Thank you for your support of ethical fashion. It is because you do the right thing that Indigenous is able to thrive and grow, giving back to the communities who make our clothing. 

Learn What Makes Us Best for the World >

The Problem with Fast Fashion and a Little Help from Stella McCartney. But #Itsnotjuststella

Apr 9th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Topshop opened its first New Zealand store in Auckland last month but not everyone will flock with the crowds to snap up $8 t-shirts.

Stella McCartney gave a talk in London about how to be a sustainable fashion designer and offered to tutor Dame Vivienne Westwood.

But despite the Stella buzz, a new Twitter hashtag is making the sustainable fashion revolution more accessible to independent brands (and introducing you to amazing ones you might not have heard of).

This week’s Ethical Fashion Friday ponders the accessibility of sustainable fashion in a world where fast and famous have traditionally won.

Read it now >

Buy Less Choose Well and Do it Yourself. Vivienne Westwood Quote. Ethical Fashion Article.

Ethical Fashion Friday: Who Made My Clothes? Let’s talk about #FashRev

Apr 2nd, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Almost two years ago, more than 1,000 people died when the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed into a heap of concrete and twisted metal. More than 2,500 suffered injuries, from broken bones to the lasting effects of having inhaled toxic smoke. It was an accident but it was tragic, horrific, and preventable. And it shed a bright light on the high cost of fashion. The work required to make the clothes we wear should never cause harm. It should never end a life, let alone thousands.

Read More and Participate in the Fashion Revolution >>

Fashion Revolution Day | Who Made My Clothes | April 24th 2015

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