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Want to shop ethically? These are the Australian fashion brands that aren't up to scratch - Hack - triple j. Home - Better Cotton Initiative. Unpaid Laborers Are Slipping Tags Into Zara Clothes. This story originally appeared in Racked’s daily newsletter. Want more news from Racked? Sign up for our newsletter here. Zara, with $69.8 million in annual sales and more than 2,200 stores worldwide, might be one of the world’s most successful fast-fashion companies, but it did not make that kind of cash with clean hands. The Associated Press reports today that shoppers in Istanbul are finding unexpected tags inside Zara merchandise proclaiming, “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it.” Turkish workers employed by third-party manufacturer Bravo say they’re owed three months’ pay after the company shut down overnight.

While nothing ever seems to impact its bottom line — Amancio Ortega, the owner of parent company Inditex, is the world’s richest man — Zara is consistently taken to task for causing colossal environmental damage, ripping off various fashion designers, and turning a blind eye to dismal factory conditions. Facebook. Cultural Appropriation: Theft or Innovation? Nancybird - HOME makers. The rise of the ugly puffer jacket hides a cruel truth. Updated Say what you like about Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, it turns out that he may be the most ethically conscious fashion person in the world.

I discovered this recently when I became interested in the rise of the puffer jacket. Why were we all wearing them this winter? The down jacket, once used only when climbing Everest, is now on the back of every parent on a chilly Saturday morning at netball, on every skier, on everyone out in the cold. While I appreciate its effectiveness, I think they look terrible. The puffer jacket, made of sewn together tubes filled with feathers or down, makes everyone look like they're wearing plastic garbage bags. It might be an old man nostalgia kind of thing, but I miss overcoats and hats and gloves.

Weren't they enough to withstand the rigors of an Australian winter even in Melbourne or Hobart? Why do we now need to look like a shivering tribe of Michelin people? And then we got to the main point. Cheap. It's in the filling A new standard. 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.

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. They talk and laugh as their fingers fly, knotting each strip at the end when it is done. "I have been doing this for about 10 years. We used to get more work, now we get less, and get paid less," said Nadelkari, who makes about 100 pieces a day. She is paid about 24 rupees ($0.40) for a set of 12 finished pieces. Nadelkari and her friends are among nearly 38 million home-based workers in India, according to a 2012 survey by WIEGO, a global non-profit focused on informal workers. They are affected by fluctuating demand, canceled orders, delayed payments and rejected goods. 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.

It includes 40 of the biggest global brands, including ASOS, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Topshop and Adidas. The index aims to remind people how little they know about where the things you buy came from. The research shows how much brands know about their supply chains, what kind of policies they have in place and how much information they share with the public about their practices. The companies were divided into four categories: low rating (0-25 per cent), low-middle rating (26-50 per cent), high-middle rating (51-75 per cent) and top rating (76-100 per cent). Chanel had the lowest score, with just ten per cent whereas Levi Strauss & Co were the most ethical and least transparent brand at 77 per cent. View the full results here: @daisy_bernard. Living Wages: Recurring problems of ethical fashion in Sri Lanka? Annelies Goger and Kanchana N. 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. Annelies M. 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. 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.

The Australian Fashion Report looked at the traceability and transparency of a label’s supply chain and what their workers are paid. So, what can you do to make your wardrobe more ethical and environmentally friendly? We asked Melinda Tually from Fashion Revolution. Skip Instagram Image FireFox NVDA users - To access the following content, press 'M' to enter the iFrame. “Brand new clothes require raw materials. Skip Instagram Image Skip Instagram Image. 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.

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. "We need to make it clear we're not going to tolerate slavery and when there is slavery in a regime we should not trade with them," Mr Forrest said. 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. 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". He says there has been "virtually no work" there since the April 24 tragedy. Local police chief Badrul Alam says workers in 80 per cent of the factories had walked out earlier in the day to demand an increase in salaries. Clothing manufacturing in Bangladesh: 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.

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.

"Three workers who were resting near the chemical storage unit have died of suffocation and burns," police inspector Shahidur Rahman said. A company official confirmed the deaths to AFP. 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. 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. Target, Kmart and brands owned by the Specialty Fashion Group all scored well after being accused three years ago of having little to no knowledge of their supply chains. The criticism came after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh three years ago that killed more than 1,130 garment workers.

"We get very big pressure. 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.

Lowes, Industrie, Best & Less and the Just Group - which includes Just Jeans, Portmans and Dotti - were identified as some of the worst performing companies by The 2015 Australian Fashion Report. 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 The Fair Work Ombudsman will begin a two-year investigation into whether the exploitation of migrant clothing workers is widespread. The workplace watchdog said it was concerned some workers had been underpaid and offered no entitlements or workplace protection.

The Ombudsman's executive director of proactive compliance and education, Lynda McAlary-Smith, said women from Vietnam and China were typically employed as 'home workers' or 'out workers' by clothing companies. Ms McAlary-Smith says the women work from their homes to sew and manufacture clothes. "Often English is not their first language," she said. "There are people working in their homes who might be working in a garage or a spare bedroom who may not be receiving their correct entitlements. " The workplace regulator said it would work with migrant resource centres and support groups to encourage migrant home workers to speak up if they had been underpaid. Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek. 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. CHOICE explains: why even Australian-made clothes aren’t always made under ethical conditions how to buy ethically made clothes the supply chain and how our clothes are sourced how much our clothes cost to make and where they come from why ethical sourcing codes and audits haven’t solved the problem what the major brands say.

Made in Australia Sweatshops aren’t exclusive to low-wage countries. In fact, it’s likely any clothes you wear with a label saying “Made in Australia” were made by an outworker in a backyard sweatshop, perhaps not far from where you live or work. Such home-based work accounts for the majority of Australian garment manufacturing, spanning high-end fashion to school uniforms. The sourcing network for garments is complicated: brands outsource to factories, which outsource yet again. Fashioning an ethical industry - Fashioning an Ethical Industry across Europe. Education Resources | 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.

At a modest guess, let's say these things cost £300 over 5 years, so if you make one project a month that works out as an extra £5 per project. And don't forget electricity for both your machine and the iron! There are, of course, ways to bring the cost of a sewing project down: What about you? [*data source] 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. So, we've come a long way. Check out the infographic, and follow the colors clockwise—because minimum wage workers have to clock in and out, get it? Get Into Textiles: Ethical Textiles? - Ep 9 Of 10. FASHION VICTIMS - Four Corners. How much should a t-shirt cost - $5, $50 or $500? Glossary | Ethical Clothing Australia. Making Textile, Clothing or Footwear products in Australia <br /> An ECA Guide to Your Legal Obligations | Ethical Clothing Australia. ECA. Find Ethical Australian Products. Resources for students. Mastering the Ethics of Fashion. Who wears secondhand clothing? Safety audit finds thousands of problems in Bangladesh garment factories.