Other Meaningful Initiatives

 

Fashion Revolution / Who Made My Clothes?

The Fashion Revolution is a global movement whose mission is to unite people and organisations to work together towards radically changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced, and consumed, so that our clothing is made in a safe, clean, and fair way. They believe that collaboration across the whole value chain — from farmer to consumer — is the only way to transform the industry.

They organize the Fashion Revolution Week: the #whomademyclothes campaign in April, which falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse. During this week, brands and producers are encouraged to respond with the hashtag #imadeyourclothes and to demonstrate transparency in their supply chain.

 

 
© Jonas Gratzer / Greenpeace

© Jonas Gratzer / Greenpeace

Greenpeace Detox Campaign

The Detox campaign was launched by Greenpeace in 2011 to expose the direct links between global clothing brands, their suppliers, and toxic water pollution around the world

The organization has run investigations in manufacturing countries, along with testing brand-name garments for traces of hazardous chemicals. This has resulted in the release of groundbreaking reports, revealing to the world the toxic danger behind our clothes. 

The campaign is challenging global fashion brands to champion a toxic-free future and eliminate all discharges or use of hazardous chemicals. The campaign has been able to secure public commitments from nineteen international fashion companies such as Nike, Adidas, Puma, H&M, M&S...

 

 
clean clothes campaign

Clean Clothes Campaign

Clean Clothes Campaign is an international alliance dedicated to improving working conditions and empowering workers in the global garment and sportswear industries.

CCC pushes companies and governments to take responsibility and ensure that workers' rights are respected and implemented; raises awareness and mobilizes people to get involved; takes action on concrete cases of violations of the rights of workers and activists; explores judicial mechanisms and lobbies for legislation to protect workers’ rights and hold companies accountable. 

 

 
 
Roadmap to zero discharge of hazardous chemicals

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) 

The ZDHC Foundation's mission is to advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile, leather, and footwear value chain, with the goal of improving the environment and people's wellbeing. Their vision is to widely implement sustainable chemistry and best practices.

The ZDHC Programme already can count 70 collaborating companies. 

 

 
Photo: Eco-Age: “Creating three stunning looks for the Met Gala 2016, using the GCC Principles for Sustainable Excellence. Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Watson, and Margot Robbie wore Calvin Klein Collection for the Green Carpet Challenge.”

Photo: Eco-Age: “Creating three stunning looks for the Met Gala 2016, using the GCC Principles for Sustainable Excellence. Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Watson, and Margot Robbie wore Calvin Klein Collection for the Green Carpet Challenge.”

ECO-AGE /The Green Carpet Fashion Awards

ECO-AGE is a brand/marketing consultancy founded by Livia Firth that helps businesses create, implement, and communicate sustainability solutions.

ECO-AGE organizes the world-renowned Green Carpet Challenge® (GCC) awarding celebrities showcasing green designs on the red carpets. Livia Firth and the Green Carpet Challenge are bringing lots of visibility and glamour to sustainable fashion. 

 

 
The True Cost

The Film: The True Cost 

The True Cost is a brilliant documentary about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. 

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, the True Cost has open the eyes of so many people already, it is definitely a must-see!

 

 
huffpost sustainable fashion

HuffPost - Sustainable Fashion 

The Huffington Post UK has created a dedicated section for Sustainable Fashion. Here you can find interesting articles about sustainable fibers, brands, events, celebrities, and trends. 

HuffPost UK Style believes that our thirst for fast fashion is dramatically impacting the lives of thousands of workers in a negative way. Their focus on sustainable fashion and beauty aims to raise awareness about this zeitgeist issue and shine a spotlight on those working towards making the fashion industry a more ethical place.

 

 
 
Global organic textile standards

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

GOTS is a leading textile standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria. 

The standard has defined requirements that ensure the organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials to environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling, in order to provide assurance to the end consumer. The standard covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading, and distribution of all textiles made from natural fibers.  

The standard is subdivided into two label-grades: Label-grade 1: Organic (≥ 95% organic fibres); Label-grade 2: made with X% organic (≥ 70% organic fibres).

We mainly find the GOTS certification on organic cotton, but other natural fibers such as linen or wool can also be certified. 

 

 
Fair Wear Foundation
 

Fair Wear Foundation

Fair Wear Foundation works with brands, factories, trade unions, NGOs, and sometimes governments to verify and improve workplace conditions in the clothing industry. FWF look for multi-faceted solutions together with brands to improve poor labor conditions step by step.

More than 80 companies are FWF members.