This time last year, I was weeks into the Six Items Challenge. It’s a brilliant campaign run by the charity Labour Behind the Label to raise money and awareness for garment workers across the world. I wrote a whole blog about the experience, you can read it here. I’m not taking part this year but what I wear and how I shop have changed immeasurably since completing the challenge: I run a capsule wardrobe and am mindful about .
When you first start looking at ethical and sustainable clothing you might think, like I did ‘I can’t afford to buy these clothes’. However the more I learned about how most of the clothes on the high street are made the less I wanted to support these cruel and harmful ways of production. Even if a company was showing signs of trying to make improvements it just didn’t feel right or acceptable .
After a sold out and extended run at the Young Vic during 2015, World Factory METIS’s latest interactive theatre show – returns with performances in Cambridge (Cambridge Festival of Ideas), Manchester and our home town Brighton. Just a week away from showing in Brighton, we thought we’d share our excitement for this immersive game- making theatre which spotlights what actually goes on behind the scenes during the process of mass production. “World Factory pulls the curtains back on how small decisions contribute .
This September celebrates Organic September, a national awareness month of all that is organic. The aim is to make a pact to replace something in your daily life with something organic. Here at FAIR we thought we would give you plenty of excuses for that something to be your clothes! Especially with the back to school rush, as we understand it isn’t just the school kids that like their wardrobe to look fresh as .
This month has seen some exciting things from The University of Brighton! Including Graduate Fashion Week and the exhibition of all creative final years work. Of course we have a special interest in any projects based on sustainability and Kate Brooks’ collection has exactly that. Comprised of 22 individual interchangeable components, Brooks creates a capsule wardrobe that can suit any season. The idea being that you don’t need to buy new clothes every time .
We wanted to give you a heads up about a great educational film that has just premiered in New York, ‘The True Cost’ Daily News Washington says ‘ Don’t expect easy answers from “The True Cost,” but expect to feel like you need to find some, and urgently.’ We hope that this film will help to start opening peoples eyes to the real repercussions behind our over-consumption and we would love for you .
Another exciting Date for your Diary: 13th June Here at FAIR we believe in ethical fashion in all senses. For this reason, we’d love to introduce you to Rags Revival. An amazing chance to swap in those garments that have been hiding in the back of your wardrobe for something you may just fall in love with. For £5 you can bring up to 10 items of clothing or accessories to swap! From experience, we can .
Coming up at FAIR… Date for your Diary: 30th May The brilliant shoes of Bourgeois Boheme will be making an appearance in FAIR! We will be holding a Pop Up event from 12-4pm on the 30th May, as we are sure you will love BoBo shoes as much as we do! Check out their website below for a preview of the type of selection we will have in store. There will also be healthy drinks and .
At FAIR, we have been selling key rings from Calcutta Rescue for over 10 years, even before the shop on Queens Road opened its doors. They have always been really popular. Each visit to see this organisation in Kolkata, India opens our eyes even more to the many different things they do. Calcutta Rescue provides free medical services as so many people cannot access medical services here in Kolkata. We work with their Fair .
FASHION TAKES ACTION! On Tuesday 29th October, over a hundred people came to an event hosted by People Tree, to hear where the Fashion Industry was at 6 months after the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh. A number of topics were covered, with different representatives sharing their experiences and understandings of what makes Fair Trade stand out. The room was a mix of people, individuals yet to be convinced, others there for research and .
Introducing Autumn Collections 2013, BAFTS Week, The Fashion Revolution AND….look out for us in this month’s ELLE magazine! Celebrate the First BAFTS WEEK ever…21st-28th September BAFTS is the UK body for certification of Fair Trade shops and importers. It certifies that all members sell a minimum of 70% of products by recognised Fair Trade organisations such as Fairtrade Foundation and WFTO. FAIR has been a member since 2009 and has just received a renewed certification for the next 12 .
Our clothes tell a story…. from the disadvantaged women who take pride in producing beautiful garments as a means of providing for their families. To the unique fabrics which have been thoughtfully sourced in Africa. To the statement you make when you wear oh so shika. To the vulnerable young people who are given a real chance to change their lives through education thanks to profits generated by oh so Shika garments. Passionate about .
Fair Trade Beyond 2013 by Lucy, FAIR team member and ethical blogger This May the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) will be holding its 12th Biennial Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Timed to coincide with Global Fair Trade Week which takes place from 26th to 31st May 2013, Rio will carry the enviable title of Global Fair Trade Capital for the duration of the conference. The theme of the event – Fair Trade .
As promised here are our monthly ethical tips for May! Good Guide If you’re committed to using your purchasing power to boycott or support companies on the basis of how they conduct their business, the ultra-thorough Good Guide is for you. Its researchers mined mountains of public data and scientifically rate corporations on whether their products are safe, green, healthy and ethical. Barcode scanning makes it particularly simple to retrieve info about an .
As promised here is our monthly ethical and sustainable tips and insights! www.ecosia.org.uk. The brilliant search engine that plants a tree in Africa every time you search! So your armchair curiosity, shopping or emailing can do good in the world! www.thefairphone.com. The world’s first ethical smartphone. Been around a while and yet people still haven’t heard of it and we think it deserves to be heard of! http://olioex.com/ The food sharing revolution! This .
When: 16th October 1:30-3:30pm Where: Sallis Benney Theatre, 56-58 Grand Parade, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 0JY Resource efficiency experts WRAP, which leads the SCAP initiative, will present three short sessions in this hour long workshop. The workshop will focus on: Re-inventing how we design, market and sell clothes. Re-thinking how we use and consume clothes. Re-defining what is possible through re-use and recycling of textiles. Anne Prahl will start off showcasing new initiatives, processes and technology that can .
London Fashion week is often considered the epitome of showcasing the latest trends for each season. This year whilst collaborating with WRAP, Love Your Clothes and Esthetica, much like our very own Brighton Fashion Week, a handful of sustainable designers have been taking the catwalks by storm. Christopher Raeburn was amongst the eight designers to incorporate eco- friendly qualities into their practice. Being a well renowned designer it was refreshing to see how he .
As October draws near Brighton prepares to host one of the most creative events in sustainable fashion, Brighton Fashion Week. As an event that The Fair Shop has supported throughout the past couple of years we are particularly excited to announce this years fashion week as the only completely sustainable fashion week in the UK. The line up showcases various designers from around the world using eco-friendly techniques to create innovative and unique collections. .
New to Fair: SAHEL Design bags! These gorgeous new bags have a just as gorgeous story behind them. SAHEL began in the desert of Burkina Faso where the Fulani originate. Horse lovers by tradition, Fulani people used to dress their steeds in vibrant tassles to accentuate the horse’s movement and turn heads. Traditional Fulani horse harnesses have strong braided straps which are hand woven by highly skilled artisans. All SAHEL bags and accessories employ .