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Ethical Fashion

How to Empower Women in Africa's Fashion Industry ? United Nations Forum on Business & Human Rights

Sissi Johnson | Posted 12.01.2015 | Impact
Sissi Johnson

Four days after the Paris attacks, my emotions were still running high. Nonetheless, on November 17, I attended "Empowering Women in Africa's Fashion ...

#FairTuesday and the Ethical Fashion Movement: Can They Make a Difference?

Megan Brosterman | Posted 12.01.2015 | Impact
Megan Brosterman

What exactly are the handmade/ethical/eco/slow fashion movements seeking to achieve? And is it possible? In my own eyes, the two most important beneficiaries of the ethical fashion movement are the people in the supply chain and the environment.

Why Fashion Brands Fail to Change: Realizing Human and Environment-Centered Supply Chains and What It Takes to Get There

Erin Houston | Posted 11.05.2015 | Business
Erin Houston

Your company gets the phone call one day that you hoped would never come. A reporter asks about some issues they've uncovered in your production process.

This Khmer Rouge Survivor Sells Backpacks to Fund New Schools in Cambodia

JUST | Posted 10.01.2015 | Style

This is a story about a man named Koky Saly. A pretty incredible man with a story that needs to be told. It's a story about overcoming obstacles, the kinds of which most of us will not even face in this lifetime.

Why Millennials' Cyber Over-Sharing Is Making the World a Better Place for My Children

Megan Brosterman | Posted 09.30.2015 | Arts
Megan Brosterman

I've recently come to appreciate a side of the social media world that I never had before: its ability to generate empathy. And this is one of my greatest hopes for my daughters - that they develop a deep capacity to empathize with others.

(Sustainable) Fashion's Real Problem

Simone Cipriani | Posted 09.23.2015 | Style
Simone Cipriani

While sustainability should be built into supply chains, the fashion industry is today responsible for much of the exploitation of people and the environment: number one in terms of exploitation of people and the second most polluting industry after oil.

The True Cost of Fast Fashion: Continuing the Conversation

Shannon Whitehead | Posted 08.15.2015 | Style
Shannon Whitehead

When you're the mom with four mouths to feed and the cheapest store is a Wal-Mart, how do you say 'no' to the five dollar t-shirts that your kids will grow out of in a few months? When you're the student drowning in debt, how do you make ethical fashion a part of your lifestyle?

"I am always dreaming"- One survivor's inspiring story

To The Market | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact
To The Market

The ethos of No. 41 is simple: empowering one person can make an incredible impact. Since 2012, No. 41 has been inspiring and enabling women in ...

Why the End of Trends Is Great for Ethical Fashion and Terrible for Fast Fashion

Starre Vartan | Posted 08.04.2015 | Style
Starre Vartan

We are now entering an era where trends just don't dominate like they used to. We are more free than ever to figure out what works for us, our lifestyles and our bodies. And that means that fast fashion is no longer necessary.

The Power of the Purse: Investing in the Next Generation

To The Market | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
To The Market

Since its launch in 2013, Catrinka has provided over 55,000 days of education for girls in developing countries, giving them the knowledge and skills they need to have a better future.

'Not Charity, Just Work': An Interview with the Ethical Fashion Initiative's Simone Cipriani

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 07.22.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

The most impressive show at this June's Pitti Uomo collections in Florence was a presentation titled "Constellation Africa". Parading down the runway were some of the best menswear looks I've seen in a long time.

"I'm So Happy to Help Women" - Three Rwandan Survivors Investing in a Brighter Future

To The Market | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
To The Market

Mariemae Stationary and Mariemae Business School founder Jillian Ryan partnered with No. 41, a Rwanda-based social enterprise, to offer business training to the organization. No. 41 employs 21 women from the Noel Orphanage and the surrounding area in the small village of Gisenyi.

Why Is Profit a Dirty Word?

Emma 'The Gecko' Davidson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business
Emma 'The Gecko' Davidson

It's been suggested to me that I should not be making any profits, that my business should be a charity, and that I should not pay myself a salary.

Slowing Down Fashion

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Marci Zaroff, ecofashion pioneer, founder of Under the Canopy, and president of Portico Brands "Be the change you wish to see in t...

From Slow Food to Slow Fashion

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

You may be wondering why fashion integrity matters--because after all, you don't eat clothing. But the truth is, just as with food with integrity, clothing with integrity effects a huge swath of people and places.

DISPATCH: The True Cost, NYC Premier

Miriam Ava | Posted 06.02.2015 | Style
Miriam Ava

I'm Miriam Ava, founder of and ambassador of good taste. I share messages that matter, one Dispatch at a time. My views are utterly my own and intrinsically independent. I love what I share. Hope you enjoy!

My Family's Multiethnic Makeup Changed the Way I Shop

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

Living in multiple worlds, none that I entirely fit, isn't a deficit. Instead, I feel it has allowed me to see outside the box. I am no one thing and therefore no one culture or experience defines me.

Design for Her Daughter: One Mother's Journey

To The Market | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
To The Market

On a 2012 medical mission trip to Belize City, Belize, Alden Ramsey of the eponymous Alden Skirts looked at the over 100 families crowding the city...

How Mobile Phones May Prevent the Next Rana Plaza Disaster

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

One moment Reshma Begum was sewing. The next she was falling from her station on the second floor into the basement of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh.

Fashion Initiative in Kenya Puts Emphasis on Living Wage for Artisans

Simone Cipriani | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
Simone Cipriani

The benchmark of mass production is so low that everybody, in Italy and in Africa, has to decrease prices. Nobody can compete and artisans are disappearing. Today, being an artisan is not a good job anymore. At the same time, this means that products do not last and are unsustainable.

Ugandan Refugees Reach for the Stars

To The Market | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
To The Market

Stella marveled at the jewelry these survivors made out of recycled paper, and she was struck by their artistry and ingenuity. She returned home to the Netherlands to finish her studies, but the memory of the women stayed with her.

Fast Fashion and the Capsule Wardrobe

Brita Long | Posted 06.09.2015 | Style
Brita Long

This post isn't meant to claim moral superiority, to set hard and fast rules about shopping or to shame anyone who uses a capsule wardrobe. It's to admit my own self-centered thinking about my wardrobe and to encourage everyone, including me, to shop more intentionally.

Economic Empowerment: Investing in Opportunity

Flynn Coleman | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Flynn Coleman

From conversations I have had with people all around the world, what I have come to realize is that we all want the same things: something to believe in, health, prosperity, to belong, and opportunity.

The Freedom to Hope and Dream: A Survivor's Journey from Brothel to Assistant Creative Director

To The Market | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
To The Market

The Parable of the Starfish goes like this: an old man walking on a beach sees a young boy throwing starfish back into the water one by one.

Accelerating "Made in the USA:" How to Put the Brakes on Fast Fashion

Shannon Whitehead | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Shannon Whitehead

Landfills are overflowing with cheaply made garments we discard after one wear and it's only a matter of time before the next human rights disaster makes the news.