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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.

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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 & read more >>

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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