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Follow the Things. TRAIDFilms. You buy the clothes, you have the power. Why you should participate in #FashionRevolutionDay. The 'Chilling' Moment This Father Realized Where His Kids' Clothes Come From. Indian Garment Suppliers for Big Brands Work in Conditions 'Worse than Sweatshops' MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every day, after she finishes cooking, cleaning and fetching water for her tiny one-room home in India's financial capital Mumbai, Saubhagya Nadelkari picks up a stack of leather strips and makes her way to her neighbor's home.

Indian Garment Suppliers for Big Brands Work in Conditions 'Worse than Sweatshops'

There, in a narrow alley that is covered with plastic, about half a dozen women sit or stand as they braid long strips for use in belts, sandals and bags. Behindthebarcode.org. These are the brands not telling you if their clothes are ethically made. Topshop, ASOS, Adidas and Ralph Lauren all scored really badly Fashion Revolution and Ethical Consumer partnered up to create a Fashion Transparency Index that ranks companies according to the level of transparency in their supply chain.

These are the brands not telling you if their clothes are ethically made

It includes 40 of the biggest global brands, including ASOS, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Topshop and Adidas. Living Wages: Recurring problems of ethical fashion in Sri Lanka? Annelies Goger and Kanchana N.

Living Wages: Recurring problems of ethical fashion in Sri Lanka?

Ruwanpura When Beyoncé and U.K. fast fashion retailer Topshop made a decision to source her new gym wear label, Ivy Park, from Sri Lanka, a head-on encounter with the sweatshop debate was probably not on their radar. MAS Holdings, a company that produces clothing for Ivy Park, is one of Sri Lanka’s largest clothing manufacturers and has gone to great lengths (and expense) to cultivate a reputation for being one of the world’s most ethical and innovative clothing suppliers – from building the world’s first eco-friendly apparel plant in partnership with Marks & Spencer to its “MAS Women Go Beyond,” a women’s empowerment initiative, among other initiatives. Yet, a U.K. tabloid, the Sun on Sunday levied harsh accusations that the workers producing Ivy Park clothing at a MAS Holdings factory were toiling under “sweatshop” conditions, as “slave” labor, with low wages.

How to shop ethically and still look on point - Hack - triple j. Three years after the deadliest accident in the fashion industry some of Australia’s top brands are still failing to source their clothes ethically, according to a new report on the industry.

How to shop ethically and still look on point - Hack - triple j

Baptist World Aid’s Australian Fashion Report has rated 87 companies and graded them from A to F, with brands like General Pants and Lorna Jane scoring amongst the worst. However, the report shows the industry has worked hard to improve their standards since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in three years ago, killing 1,136 clothing workers. More than 45 million people trapped in modern slavery with two-thirds in Asia-Pacific region, report finds. Updated More than 45 million people are living as modern slaves around the world, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index, with two-thirds reported in the Asia-Pacific region.

More than 45 million people trapped in modern slavery with two-thirds in Asia-Pacific region, report finds

Key points: India, North Korea reported as key offendersAustralia listed among countries taking most action to tackle modern slaveryResearcher says new report takes into consideration all forms of slavery The index, by human rights group Walk Free Foundation, increased its estimate of people born into servitude, trafficked for sex work, or trapped in debt bondage or forced labour to 45.8 million from 35.8 million in 2014. Founder of Walk Free Andrew Forrest said the rise of nearly 30 per cent was due to better data collection, although he feared the situation was getting worse with global displacement and migration increasing vulnerability to all forms of slavery. Hundreds of Bangladeshi factories to shut indefinitely. Updated Hundreds of Bangladesh garment factories will be closed indefinitely in the wake of a building collapse that killed more than 1,100 people.

Hundreds of Bangladeshi factories to shut indefinitely

Rescuers are wrapping up the search for bodies in the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza complex on the outskirts of the capital. The textile industry's main trade body says all operations at the nearby Ashulia industrial zone on the outskirts of Dhaka are being suspended until further notice. Ashulia is home to around 500 factories which make clothing for a string of major Western retailers including Walmart, H&M, Tesco and Carrefour.

Shahidullah Azim, of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, says the decision was made "to ensure the security of our factories". Three killed in Bangladesh textile factory fire. Posted A fire in a textile factory in Bangladesh has killed three workers and left five injured, police say, in the latest incident to cast a spotlight on the country's hazardous garment industry.

Three killed in Bangladesh textile factory fire

Key points: At least three workers are dead after fire engulfs fabric manufacturer outside DhakaFire and accidents are common in Bangladesh's billion-dollar garment industryAccidents have declined since global brands and government pursued safety reforms A Pakistani technician was among those killed in the blaze in the sprawling complex belonging to fabric manufacturer Mom Tex in Narsingdi, just outside the capital Dhaka. Police officials said the fire started on the ground floor of a seven-storey building where chemicals and dyes were stored, trapping workers who were resting before their shift.

Home. Australian fashion companies fail to disclose supply chain, risk worker exploitation, report says. Updated Australian companies such as Oroton and Seed have been criticised for failing to publicly disclose where they source their clothes from.

Australian fashion companies fail to disclose supply chain, risk worker exploitation, report says

Key points Garment industry employs more than 40 million people in Asia PacificMany Australian fashion companies still don't know suppliers and where the raw materials come fromReport shows improvements since the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh Two reports, authored by Baptist World Aid and Oxfam, and obtained by 7.30, disclose which companies have knowledge of their complex supply chain. Oroton was graded a "D", while Seed, Best and Less and Lorna Jane were graded an "F" by the report.

Behindthebarcode.org. Only TWO of 59 Australian clothes brands pay 'living wages' to their workers. Australian Fashion Report revealed the Australian-sold brands and companies that ignore the exploitation of their overseas workersLowes, Industrie, Best & Less and the Just Group - which includes Just Jeans, Portmans and Dotti - were some of the worst performersEtiko, Audrey Blue, Cotton On, H&M and Zara had some of the best scores75 per cent of companies don't know the source of all their fabrics and inputs By Lillian Radulova for Daily Mail Australia Published: 07:36 GMT, 17 April 2015 | Updated: 02:26 GMT, 21 April 2015 As Australian Fashion Week comes to a close, a new damning report has named and shamed some of the worst clothing brands sold in Australia and their companies, for the ongoing exploitation of their overseas workers.

Only TWO of 59 Australian clothes brands pay 'living wages' to their workers

Only TWO of 59 Australian clothes brands pay 'living wages' to their workers. Ethical Fashion — The Note Passer. Fair Work Ombudsman investigating exploitation of migrant clothing workers union claims are being paid as little as $3 an hour. Updated.

Fair Work Ombudsman investigating exploitation of migrant clothing workers union claims are being paid as little as $3 an hour

Full Page - Ethical clothing. You’re likely to spend an average of $2288 on clothing and footwear this year. And if you’re concerned about the conditions those clothes were made under, it’ll be difficult to find out. Fashioning an ethical industry - Fashioning an Ethical Industry across Europe. Labour Behind the Label. The Real Cost of Sewing. One of the questions I'm most frequently asked by non-stitchers is whether sewing your own clothes saves you money. The cost of sewing can vary greatly depending on your choice of fabric, but let's consider the costs involved in an example dressmaking project: Fashion fabric x 2 metres - £20 Lining fabric - £6 Thread x 2 spools - £3 Buttons x 6 - £4.50 Binding - £2.50 Calico for bodice toile - £3 Belt and buckle kit - £6 Pattern - £6TOTAL: £51.00 On top of that, consider the odd supply you may need, such as a change of sewing machine needles or spare bobbins, plus depreciation of your machine and other existing tools. Minimum Wages Around the Globe: You're Underpaid, and So Is the Rest of the World.

"No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. " That's what former Pres. Franklin Roosevelt said in 1933, in a speech announcing his plan to help America's recovery and forever shaping what would become one of his landmark ideals. Five years later, he signed into law the first federal minimum wage standard: It was 25 cents and set a maximum of a 44-hour workweek. Get Into Textiles: Ethical Textiles? - Ep 9 Of 10. FASHION VICTIMS - Four Corners. Australians love a bargain, but what's the real cost of cheap clothes from the sweat shops in Bangladesh? On 24th April this year more than a thousand people were killed when an eight storey building collapsed in the heart of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka.

The collapse of Rana Plaza turned the world's attention to the shocking conditions workers in the country's clothing industry are forced to endure. In recent years, Australian companies have flooded into Bangladesh to take advantage of lax labour laws and the lowest wages in the world, paid to the predominantly young, female workers in the factories. Next on Four Corners reporter Sarah Ferguson sets out to find where the clothes we see in our major retail outlets are made. What efforts do Australian companies make to ensure the factories are safe and their workers earn a living wage? "Workers are being arrested, beaten, tortured ... you know, sexual harassment, just on and on and on. "It's price, price, price, price, price and profit". How much should a t-shirt cost - $5, $50 or $500? The t-shirt's popularity owes much to 1950s film stars such as James Dean (pictured) and Marlon Brando. The white cotton t-shirt conjures some famous images: James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause; Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire; Paul Newman in … a white cotton t-shirt.

The quintessential American garment has been through numerous incarnations on its journey from humble long johns in the 19th century to actors' get-up of choice in the 1950s – after which it assumed universal status. Today, with more than $US20 billion ($21.45 billion) a year spent on t-shirts in the US alone, it's an everyday staple found in most men's – and women's – wardrobes.

Still a working class staple, the plain white tee has also made the jump to coveted fashion icon. Ethical Clothing Australia. Glossary. Making Textile, Clothing or Footwear products in Australia <br /> An ECA Guide to Your Legal Obligations. ECA. Find Ethical Australian Products. Ethical Clothing Australia and the Ethical Clothing Australia label is a joint industry-union initiative administered by an independent incorporated committee.

Many fashion labels and manufacturers do not directly employ the workers who make their garments. Resources for students. Mastering the Ethics of Fashion. Who wears secondhand clothing? If you’re familiar with the secondhand clothing industry, you may have come across the statistic “70 percent of the world wears secondhand clothes.” Safety audit finds thousands of problems in Bangladesh garment factories.