An interview on Ethical Fashion with TW UK

After BBC Panorama revealed that child refugees have been working in factories producing clothes for some of our favourite retailers, Trans World Radio got in touch to chat about Ethical Fashion. Below is the interview in written form! We’re talking today about the ethics of fashion after a BBC Panorama Investigation revealed this week thatContinue reading “An interview on Ethical Fashion with TW UK”

WhoMadeMyClothes?

Today is the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy during which 1,345 people died at a factory in Bangladesh where their safety and well-being was constantly ignored. The factory produced goods bought by many popular high-street retailers, and the pressure for the promotion of fair treatment and workers’ rights has continued since then.Continue reading “WhoMadeMyClothes?”

Sick of ‘being ethical’. Whatever that means.

My cousin called me a rabble-rouser and I’m sick of it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a compliment. But ugh. You see, Wee Frizz, when she called me that, was referring to the fact that she has become involved in the #makefashiontraffikfree campaign after a few chats/links we shared. And I’m so glad. I got teary-eyedContinue reading “Sick of ‘being ethical’. Whatever that means.”

Freedom Resolutions

She lives in cage. I live in a house. She gets no sleep. I slept in today. She is drugged. I choose what I put in my body. She is made to wear clothes that degrade her. I shop on the high street. She has no choice. I choose daily. She is enslaved. I am free.Continue reading “Freedom Resolutions”

Chasing (Up) the (Chocolate) Bunnies

I posted this on the Modern Day Slavery blog as part 3 of my “Confessions of a Shopaholic” adventure. This is a follow-up post looking at the deeper problem behind unethically sourced cocoa – we have to do more than just buy Fairtrade chocolate Easter bunnies. Someone with whom I entered into conversation about thisContinue reading “Chasing (Up) the (Chocolate) Bunnies”

Confessions of a Shopaholic, part 2.

90 million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year. The time for these small mammals and their feathered friends, in their embryonic and fully-developped stages (read: Easter eggs and wee chicks…I’m just trying to sound scientific), as well as many other innovative shapes (Easter chocolate mini-pizza anyone?!) to be bought and eaten is fast approaching.Continue reading “Confessions of a Shopaholic, part 2.”

Confessions of a Shopaholic, Part 1

I’ve just begun a new series of posts on the Modern Day Slavery blog (http://moderndayslaveryblog.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/confessions-of-a-shopaholic-part-1/) about changing my shopping habits in the face of slavery and human trafficking. I’m a self-confessed “girly girl”. Make up, shoes, handbags, pretty dresses, the latest nail colours – I like them. And with the girly girl territory seems toContinue reading “Confessions of a Shopaholic, Part 1”