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    How Ethical is Your Favourite Fashion Label?

    A comprehensive report has ranked all your favourite fashion labels based on how ethical and transparent their supply chains are, and whether workers have the right to a safe workplace, a living wage, and freedom from forced and child labour.

    Baptist World Aid Australia has launched its fifth and largest Ethical Fashion Report. This report grades 114 apparel companies (407 brands) from A to F on specific standards around the environment, labour and gender-discrimination, the systems that the companies have in place to uphold the rights of workers. Higher standards that correspond to the systems and processes brands have in place that reduce the risk of modern slavery, child labour and exploitation.

    This year, Baptist World Aid included two new standards — Gender-Based Discrimination and Environmental Impact which increases the effectiveness of the report by becoming even more robust in rating brands. In previous years the report focused solely on labour as the only definitive for ethical fashion. The increase in standards means brands who may have previously rated well, now receive a lower rating because the environment is now being considered.

    American retailer that focuses on upscale casual wear for young consumers, Abercrombie & Fitch has decreased its rating from a D+ in 2017 to a D in 2018 report.

    Several companies, such as Decjuba, Bras N Things, Trelise Cooper, Bloch and Wish, have received the lowest grade for consecutively failing to report on their manufacturing and sourcing processes. Their non-responsive attitude has ultimately seen them receive an F for demonstrating no transparency in the supply chain, nor any attempt to do so.

    Low-cost clothing chain Cotton On Group (which includes the brands Typo, Rubi, Supré, and Factorie) has turned around an ethical-fashion black mark to become one of the country’s top performers. Being one of the most improved performers, lifting its grade, from a B- in 2013 to an A in 2018.

    Women’s and men’s designer collection apparel, Calvin Klein has increased their rating from last year C+ to this year B- because of the addition of new standards.

    Only a small number of companies in the report were found to have exceptional labour rights management systems. A star performer was Melbourne’s label Etiko, their mission is to empower and lift people out of poverty and create a better life for themselves and their community.

    We believe such reporting has benefited consumers to look up their favourite brands and check their shopping impact. Another great way to do so would be to hop on the Good On You App, it has a collection of the top ethical brands from Australia.

    Introducing: Ruby Silver

     It all started with an email from a uni student…

    A few months ago we received an email from some uni students introducing us to Ruby Silver, a social enterprise using the profits to provide young girls in India much needed school supplies. What really caught our attention…

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    Sustainable Fashion – Why It’s A Bigger Issue Than You Think

    Sustainable Fashion.

    It’s a term that is being thrown around like crazy at the moment. Heck, we use it all the time to describe what we, as Thread Harvest, believe, do and strive for. What we’re discovering though, is that most people just think Sustainable Fashion is a ‘nice’ idea, failing to see the huge problem we are creating.

    Sustainable Fashion is more than just shopping from great brands that source their products responsibly and ethically (such as the ones found on our site!). It’s approaching our wardrobes from a wholistic standpoint. It’s about the life cycle of the whole garment.

    At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit held this year the big topic of discussion was sustainability. The population is set to hit 8.5 billion people by 2030, with our current rate of apparel consumption rising by 63%, “from 62 million tons today to 102 million tons in 2030—an equivalent of more than 500 billion T-shirts” (Pulse Of the Fashion Industry 2017 Report)

    That’s a lot of T-shirts.

    Add to this our current rate of disposing of garments in Australia – which is 6000kgs every 10 minutes (ref: WarOnWaste) – and you can see we’re on the verge of having a huge environmental crisis.

    So what needs to change?

    Essentially it’s our approach.

    There are some amazing brands out there pushing the boundaries, utilising the latest technology to reduce the environmental impact when producing their garments.

    “One of the most exciting potential new ways of producing apparel is, of course, 3D printing. 3D printers are capable of fabricating anything from toys to body parts to entire houses. More common 3D printing techniques use PLA, a biodegradable plastic, to build each item layer by layer with a technique called “additive manufacturing”. (ref:WGSN)

    If, like me, you struggle to see 3D printing to be more than A4 sheets of paper stapled together to resemble apparel, than materials such as Pinatx – a leather alternative, or QMilch- a company based in Germany that produces a silky fabric woven from the protein fibres in milk – might be more your style.

    The interesting trend we’re seeing emerge is that no matter the raw material, brands are pushing the technology boundaries of fabric creation and as a result significantly reducing carbon footprints and water waste.

    When it comes to the consumer, our approach to our wardrobe needs to change. Sadly our charitable ways in giving our old clothes to places like Vinnies is having a negative affect. We throw away so many garments (6000kgs per 10mins) but unfortunately only around 15% of those garments ever gets sold domestically. Most get packed up and shipped to developing nations, which sounds great in theory, but this charity actually damages the local economies. These boxes of cheap clothing end up removing the need for local textile businesses in developing nations, therefore rendering the charitable donation as more harmful than good.

    So if it’s going to take a collective effort from consumer and brand alike, what can we do?

    It’s essentially getting back to basics. Mend your clothes. Don’t buy what you don’t need. Get creative with your wardrobe and mix up the clothing combos.

    Side note: I’ve adopted this approach to my wardrobe for the entire year so far and I have to say I love the challenge. I’ve created some great looks by just mixing “this with that” in my wardrobe and had people comment that they love my outfit and ask if it’s new. The reality is that it’s the same top or vest or jacket I’ve owned for 3 seasons now!

    Buy second hand. Do a clothes swap with your friends. The options to be sustainable are endless, we just need to get a little more creative!

    Sustainable Fashion is a whole world issue. We’re all responsible for our part. So rather than expecting the brands to make all the changes, let’s join them in creating lasting change and, as a result, a world that will last.

    To learn more about our great brands, you can visit our brand page. Check out some of our great products made from tree pulp or recycled polyester or upcycled brass!

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