How To Shop like a Fashion Revolutionary


Child refugees in Turkey making clothes for UK shops - URBAN CLUB Designer Fashion Boutique

An undercover BBC investigation has found that Syrian refugee children have been making clothes for British shoppers. Panorama investigated factories in Turkey and found children had been working on clothes for Marks and Spencer and the online retailer Asos.

Mark & Spencer - Child refugees in Turkey making clothes for UK shopsASOS Online Fashion Retailer - Child refugees in Turkey making clothes for UK shops

Adult refugees were also found working illegally on Zara and Mango jeans. But Panorama found seven Syrians working in one of the British retailer's main factories. The refugees often earned little more than a pound an hour - well below the Turkish minimum wage. They were employed through a middleman who paid them in cash on the street, according to the BBC.

ZARA - Child refugees in Turkey making clothes for UK shops

Panorama reporter Darragh MacIntyre spoke to dozens of Syrian workers who felt they were being exploited. He said: "They speak of pitiful wages and terrible working conditions. They know they are being exploited but they know they can do nothing about it."

This is unacceptable and extremely sad! This is MODERN SLAVERY!

Close to 46 million men, women, and children are enslaved across the world, according to a harrowing new report from the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation.

Child refugees in Turkey making clothes for UK shops - URBAN CLUB Designer Fashion Boutique

Many of them, the analysis notes, are in fact ensnared providing "the low-cost labor that produces consumer goods for markets in Western Europe, Japan, North America, and Australia."

Walk Free founder and chairman Andrew Forrest puts the onus on corporations to help end modern slavery. "Businesses that don’t actively look for forced labor within their supply chains," he said, "are standing on a burning platform. Business leaders who refuse to look into the realities of their own supply chains are misguided and irresponsible."

So HOW TO SHOP LIKE A FASHION REVOLUTIONARY and help to STOP Garment Workers Exploitation, especially Child Labour! - by Orsola de Castro

  • Buy Less, Choose Wise: Always buy with love.
  • Torture yourself and buy Slow Fashion: waiting for something means you will want it that much more.
  • I buy for me, but at the back of my mind I know that after me, there will be someone else. I try to imagine if the piece I am buying will look right on one of my daughters, their friends, or my friends.
  • Wash carefully: Dry in the fresh air and not the tumble drier, folding instead of crumpling.
  • Know your fabrics: Wool crêpe can be cleaned on the spot by gentle sponging, merino wool doesn’t absorb odours, linen is best rolled rather than folded to avoid creasing.
  • Most clothes love a luxury bath: hang them above a shallow bathtub full of essential oils for a quick refresh to avoid seasonal dry cleaning.
  • Alter and transform: From flared to skinny, maxi to midi, bulky to bodycon, a little hemline or sideseam tweak can make any old thing look brand new and relevant. Most dry cleaners offer basic alteration services, or arm yourself with your new BFF: a seamstress.
  • Let others enjoy what is no longer right for you: Try to donate intelligently: swish, swap, sell, upcycle and update before you give to charity.
  • Don’t boycott: off-set your guilty secret 'prêt-a-jeter’ impulse buy by wearing it all the time and treat it like it cost a fortune. It may have been cheap to you, but once you add to it it’s real cost, you will see that cheap, in fashion, doesn’t exist.

The word "Fashion" means a lot more than just the clothes you wear. Fashion is wonderful and is supposed to be enjoyable. It's a fun thing. But it's NOT, if it is at the cost of others life or fairness.

We need to combat the culture that has been urging us to look for products that come with a cheap price, because looking for a cheap price stops us from seeing the actual cost -  to people, to natural resources, and the social and environmental footprint these products carry.

We need to look for better quality, not just in the products we buy, but in the lives of the people who make them.



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