Got a refurbished Macbook last year. The last lasted 10 years, and a Dell laptop I bought didn’t work from the get go or properly (i.e. at a speed of my laptops 10 & 20 years earlier) EVER, so I’m a Mac fan for now, as owning our laptops longer helps environmental Sustainability.
So does looking after our Tech to help it last longer.
So I ordered a new sleeve,..as yes,..the other one was 10 years old! Actually, I realise now,..it’s about 12 years old. Oh my goodness I’m embarassed,..it has looked a bit dirty!
So,..for a fancy new one,..but not new!
I found this great site with recycled material and other eco sleeves, often made under working conditions they claim are more ethical for decent work.
Great to hear more steps towards healthier figures coming to fashion from modeling, and with more attention to education, more chances of these beautiful young people having their chance to learn to make a difference in the world in more ways than just being a skinny pretty face….
Well, it’s a debate whether this means you might take work away from people who need the income for 3 meals a day, but at least you might seek out fairly traded clothes more if you understand the conditions. So I loved seeing these sewing classes for people interested in ethical fashion and sustainable fashion. At least you can mend or tailor clothes rather than throw away!
Good to see others also promoting organic cotton sustainability benefits, and that you can feel good wearing it knowing you’ve helped make peoples lives better rather than worse given how many feel after the RanaPlaza Bangladesh garment factory collapse tragedy.
Swapping and sharing is a great for of eco-fashion and sustainable fashion.
My sister (and Mum!) and I have shared wardrobes at times too. Gives you a much larger, much more fun wardrobe! Far more to mix and match.
And sharing feels far less wasteful. Keeps more chemical dyes out of waterways to detox, means less worries about whether your fashion buy was ethical trade, saves land from endless mainstream cotton cultivation to save biodiversity, means less carbon emissions as it wasn’t spun, knitted or woven, dyed, treated, ironed, packed, shipped, retailed…..
Why is CSR being asked to extend to a Living Wage?
The detail of why Cambodian Unions are fighting that CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) also means buyer brands increase prices and influence that workers are paid a living wage:
“They live four or five people in a room, where they wash, eat and sleep. Their living condition is in chaos. They suffer from diseases. If one person gets sick, the other 4 or 5 cannot get rest…..
Workers now have disease, for example typoid and heavy chough. The companies do not pay attention when they give the workers masks. When auditors and inspectors come, the workers are provided with the masks but one or two days after inspection, they stop distributing the mask. They can only get sick after working for the factory for 8-10 years and then they have to sell everything to afford treatment.”
Can’t say I love every piece in the collection (although a few beauties I wouldn’t mind),……..but HATS OFF to legendary Vivienne Westwood for being a Sustainable Fashion Stand against climate change in her recent fashion show documented on Good.is here:
Quality rather than Quantity
Vivienne spoke about being pushed to “open stores” and sell more, yet her realisation that it is more important to focus on quality first. As Founder of eco-fashion social enterprise www.SuavEco.com I can relate to the fast fashion push.
My response to “How many shirts have you sold?” elicited shock when I explained I am focussed on getting the shirt tailoring quality and worker living wage right first! Slow Fashion is Good Fashion might have to become my new phrase!
Climate Change prevention Inspired by Cycling
Congrats to Vivienne’s Designer for saying “its inspired by cycling”,…& “we bike everywhere”.
As Fashion leaders the Vivienne Westwood team can inspire trendsetters in our generation to get back on bikes & clean the street air, prevent carbon emissions, prevent the need for gym lighting & air-con, & stay fit & sexy!
London Thames By Boris Bike for carbon emission prevention to save the planet
Beautiful London Views “Boris bikes”
I just spent the past few days loving the fresh air on my face, and burn in my legs from the blue “Boris bikes” (as everyone insisted on calling them). Saw some stunning parts of London I had never seen before….
Wishing you all happy cycling, and to enjoy quality fashion,….Less is More!