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Ethical Clothing - Jeans Manufacturing Costs. Photographed by Ben Lamberty Call me macabre, but I would really like to know how much jeans cost that guarantee their makers weren't maimed, poisoned, harassed, starved, or even killed in the process.

Ethical Clothing - Jeans Manufacturing Costs

Sorry, sorry, sorry. I know that’s no fun. But it’s a question that just keeps popping up no matter how much I try to not think about it. Marks & Spencer Publishes Interactive Supply-Chain Map. Marks & Spencer has published an interactive map that reveals for the first time 690 of the British department store’s clothing and home-goods suppliers.

Marks & Spencer Publishes Interactive Supply-Chain Map

Businessinsider. 35 Fair Trade and Ethical Clothing Brands That Are Betting Against Fast Fashion — The Good Trade. Moral Fibres - UK Eco Green Blog. Am I a fool to expect more than corporate greenwashing? The girl who said 'no' to marriage. Video of child bride in Lebanon shines spotlight on 37,000 child marriages every day. Some reacted with anger and confusion, while others looked on approvingly, even offering their congratulations.

Video of child bride in Lebanon shines spotlight on 37,000 child marriages every day

A 12-year-old girl, in a white wedding dress and veil, stands beside a man who looks like her grandfather. They are getting their wedding pictures taken by the sea. Breaking the system designed to keep tea workers poor. Sabita Banerji reports on the challenge of securing labour rights for plantation workers in India.

Breaking the system designed to keep tea workers poor

Last September, the BBC revealed appalling conditions on Assamese tea plantations (which supply, among others, London’s Fortnum and Mason) – overflowing cesspits, leaking roofs, child labour, pesticide poisoning and severely malnourished children. But this was not exactly news. There have been numerous similar reports over the past decades. Say you want a revolution? Get into crafts - Collectively. How we got Fairtrade certified gold in the Fairphone 2 supply chain. Mining Smartphones contain dozens of minerals sourced from every corner of the globe, including gold, which is commonly used in printed circuit boards (PCBs) as well as other wiring and components due to its excellent conductivity.

How we got Fairtrade certified gold in the Fairphone 2 supply chain

And of course, it’s not only found in phones. Gold is an essential material in many of today’s consumer electronics, and the electronics industry is the third largest consumer of gold worldwide, after the jewelry industry and financial sector. Major Fire At Bangladesh Sweater Factory Raises Questions About Continuing Safety Improvements. A massive fire broke out Tuesday morning at a Bangladeshi sweater factory that supplies Western retailers H&M and J.C.

Major Fire At Bangladesh Sweater Factory Raises Questions About Continuing Safety Improvements

Penney. The conflagration injured at least four, but according to global labor rights advocates, barely escaped inflicting tragedy on a much deeper scale: Most of the factory’s more than 6,000 workers had not yet showed up to work. “Had the fire started even one hour later ... the risk of death would have been extreme,” read a statement from the Clean Clothes Campaign, the International Labor Rights Forum, the Maquila Solidarity Network and the Worker Rights Consortium. Bangladesh fashion factory safety work severely behind schedule. More than half of H&M’s top suppliers based in Bangladesh have yet to install basic fire-safety measures more than two years after the Rana Plaza factory collapse spurred an international effort to improve safety in the country.

Bangladesh fashion factory safety work severely behind schedule

More than a third of H&M’s top-rated “gold” and “platinum” graded suppliers have not removed sliding doors and collapsible gates, according to a report by workers’ rights groups, including the Clean Clothes Campaign. The report adds that 13% of those suppliers have failed to take the basic step of removing locks from doors which could impede workers escaping a fire. More than 1,100 workers died in the collapse of Rana Plaza in April 2013. Welcome. The Economist. IN THE more than four years that Kenyan soldiers have been in Somalia to fight al-Shabab, al-Qaeda’s east African branch, terrorist attacks back home have escalated.

The Economist

Hundreds of civilians have been killed in Kenya, where jihadists continue to pose a potent threat. Defeating insurgencies is no easy task for sophisticated military alliances such as NATO, let alone less well-resourced ones. Even so, Kenya’s army has made slow progress, not least in cutting off al-Shabab’s sources of funding. And one reason for this, says a new report, is that the Kenyan military has an economic interest in the same smuggling networks that also channel funding to al-Shabab. The Andean Worldview - an Alternative Economic Model?  This blog is part of a month-long focus around sustainable fashion across HuffPost UK Style and Lifestyle.

The Andean Worldview - an Alternative Economic Model? 

Here we aim to champion some of the emerging names in fashion and shine a light on the truth about the impact our appetite for fast fashion has around the world. In the book Fixing Fashion, to be published next month, author Michael Lavergne says The history of global textile and apparel industries... is mired in vicious cycles built on a foundation of exploitation for profit. To break free from the systems of production, distribution, employment and trade policies... will take a re-engineering of our social values and economic constructs nothing short of revolutionary. 30 Fair Trade Clothing Brands That Are Betting Against Fast Fashion — The Good Trade. Provocative Labels Expose Sweatshop Horrors to Shoppers.

The only thing on a clothing label that most of us pay attention to when we’re shopping is what size a garment is.

Provocative Labels Expose Sweatshop Horrors to Shoppers

As for whether an item was made in a sweatshop by a kid getting paid a pittance: Plenty of shoppers take an "out of sight, out of mind" approach to the issue. A new campaign from the Canadian Fair Trade Network turns the spotlight on how the $9 jeans we buy are being produced. The nonprofit teamed up with the creative agency Rethink on "The Label Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story," a powerful series of print advertisements and posters that detail the dangerous working conditions and dire health consequences sweatshop workers endure. INTERVIEW: Fashion Project Turns Clothing Donations Into Force for Good. Online clothing shopping is an endless world of opportunities. Nowadays, there are countless websites and even mobile apps where you can buy, sell, and even trade with others online.

What if there was a place where you could shop used designer-brand clothes at affordable prices while benefitting global charities at the same time? The hidden cost of second-hand clothing. India Still Struggling to Combat Child Labour. Active Citizens, Asia-Pacific, Civil Society, Democracy, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade, Editors' Choice, Education, Featured, Headlines, Human Rights, Labour, Population, Poverty & SDGs, Projects, Regional Categories, TerraViva United Nations An estimated 4.35 million children between the ages of five and 14 are thought to be part of India’s workforce, working anywhere from brick kilns to carpet factories. Credit: Bigstock. «SWEATSHOP» ep. 1: - How many will die here every year? - Webtv - Aftenposten - video. The Global Crisis Of Child Labor, In 1 Map. In much of the world, childhood means being forced to go to work.

There are approximately 168 million child laborers around the world, according to the International Labor Organization. A new map by British consulting firm Maplecroft offers depressing perspective on just how widespread the problem is: Efforts to Clean Up 'Fast Fashion' Supply Chains Face a Tough Road. When customers at the U.K. clothing brand Primark check the labels of its garments, they usually expect to see low, low prices: £6.00 for a T-shirt or £10 for a dress (approximately $10 or $20, respectively). Primark Responds To The Exhausting Hours Label. 23 June 2014 Lauren Milligan. Woman finds cry for help from Primark Factory Worker stitched into new dress. How Ethical Are Your Favorite Fast-Fashion Brands? Photo by Shutterstock Not all fast-fashion labels are created equal, according to a new report by Ethical Consumer.

The U.K. magazine tapped a variety of publicly available data, including company sustainability reports, to rate nearly 60 high-street and online brands on their social and environmental engagement in five primary categories: animals, environment, people, politics, and product sustainability. Leading the pack? The Myth of the Ethical Shopper - The Huffington Post.