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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.

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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.

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

From Easy Ways to Quit that Fast Fashion Addiction to Celebrity Trendsetters Making a Difference

Mar 26th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Do you know the difference between fast fashion and slow fashion?

Which celebrities do you admire for their ethical style?

And who graces the cover of The Business of Fashion this month?

For Ethical Fashion Friday this week, we’ve found a little bit of education and a whole lot of inspiration.

The Dark Side of Fast Fashion and how to quit your addictionEmily Deschanel at the Emmy Awards in an ethically made dressEthical Fashion Friday: Celebrity Trendsetters Doing Good and The Dark Side of Fashion

The Dark Side of Fashion

For the next six months, an exhibit at the MKG Museum in Hamburg, Germany will ask museum-goers to face some uncomfortable questions when shopping for clothes. Revealing the full spectrum of the clothing industry for the first time, the Fast Fashion exhibit aims to raise awareness about the darker side of the industry and encourage us to shop responsibly.

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Spotlighting Spring & Summer Trends for this week’s Ethical Fashion Friday

Mar 19th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Ethical Fashion Friday | Indigenous timeless spring and summer trend report for 2015The snow may still be piled high in some places but the air carries promises of spring. And with the dawn of spring comes the opportunity to switch out winter grays and cozy sweaters for bright colors and breezy spring skirts.

The runways have been showing spring-inspired clothing and informing this year’s trends for months. And it’s tempting to jump on board. It’s tempting to rush out to grab this year’s color or key piece, without giving a thought to how they were made. It’s tempting to get caught up in the trend and forget to consider where your clothes originated, not to mention considering what will come of these fabrics next year when the trend has passed and a new one has taken over.

Of course, trendy can also be fair trade, sustainable, and ethical.

This week, we took a look at styles the runways have put in demand and picked out some of our favorites. Unsurprisingly, we love the trends that are classic, reliable, and simple without sacrificing style and fun.

Spring and Summer Trends Report - White on White, Stripes and Fringe. Ethical Fashion Friday

Read about the trends that will never go out of fashion >

Hope, Help, and History take the stage in this week’s Ethical Fashion Friday

Mar 12th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Ethical Fashion Friday | Indigenous organic and fair trade fashion blog

Do you remember the Versalette?
Have you heard that green (not orange) is the new black?
And what’s causing the rising self-confidence of women in African countries?

For Ethical Fashion Friday this week, we’ve found a little bit of hope, a whole lot of help, and a brief history lesson that ties together all of our work and passion.

See what we found >

Fashion Week, Saving South Africa & Extending the Life of Clothes: Ethical Fashion Friday

Mar 5th, 2015 - contributed by Emily Roberts

Ethical Fashion Friday | Indigenous organic + fair trade fashion blog

The fair trade fashion revolution is making headlines. From a New York Fashion Week fail, to saving South Africa's clothing industry, see what caught our attention this week. 

New York Fashion Week Drops the Ball on SustainabilitySouth Africas Garment Industry Might be Saved by the Ethical Fashion Movement

Tiger Lily, a new ethical and sustainable fashion store opens in Bristol, UK.Sustainable Clothing Design Award Finalists Unveiled


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