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How to Have a Guilt Free Christmas

Christmas time is a wonderful time of the year where Australians gather and celebrate with millions of extra dollars spent on food and presents. It’s easy to get distracted in the hustle and bustle, and find yourself not considering where all of your produce and gifts come from, and who is making them. Unfortunately, whenever there is an increase in demand for a product, such as Christmas time, it means there is a higher demand on sweatshops and farmers for toys and produce. However, we as consumers, have the power through our wallets to create the demand and make choices on products that are ethically and responsibly produced. In this article, I go through just a couple of areas where we can make easy guilt-free decisions that support local producers, and help us have an ethical Christmas!

Rana Plaza – Three years on from the factory collapse

Rana Plaza – Three years on from the factory collapse

April 24 marks the three year anniversary of one of the worst industrial disasters in the world. In 2013, a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed killing 1100 people.  The factory was one of many in Bangladesh’s large apparel manufacturing industry, producing clothes exclusively for consumption in the west. I went there in January, as a supply chain consultant, I wanted to see for myself the truth about the worst of what can happen in sourcing our materials across a complex – and often exploitative - supply chain.

Human Trafficking in the Fashion Industry - Take Action Now

Human Trafficking in the Fashion Industry - Take Action Now

Did you know that a young girl of 14 may have been trafficked to make your cotton t-shirt? Did you also know that you have the power to stop that from happening?

The 18-22nd of April is Fashion Revolution week and it is a great way for people to raise awareness and take action against the trafficking of people in the clothing industry.

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Vignettes from India

Vignettes from India

Baptist World Aid: Our Advocacy Team have recently returned from India; a trip which deepened our understanding of modern day slavery and human trafficking at Baptist World Aid Australia. They saw, first hand, the impact of the incredible work our Christian Partner has been doing in at risk communities and spent time connecting with survivors of trafficking and slavery.  These are the stories they brought home with them... 

A little under two years from launching the #makefashiontraffikfree campaign

A little under two years from launching the #makefashiontraffikfree campaign

This month I visited Tamil Nadu and found that the word is no longer used. It is easy to change language but have we changed the system? Exactly what does that mean for these young women and the 200,000 others working in the spinning mills and garment factories?

How the 'Sumangali scheme' is exploiting vulnerable girls

How the 'Sumangali scheme' is exploiting vulnerable girls

The fashion industry is big business. Most of us are on the lookout for the perfect outfit. However, woven throughout the fashion supply chain there is the exploitation of the most vulnerable.  The real fashion victims are those who make our garments. It happens in every step of the supply chain. #makefashiontraffikfree

The young girls behind the fashion labels

The young girls behind the fashion labels

About 16 young women had been waiting for us to arrive in a small and stiflingly hot room. They were in their late teens and early 20’s. They were all eager to tell their stories of being in the Sumangali Scheme. This Scheme is a form of bonded labour and human trafficking which targets the poorest families of India. #makefashiontraffikfree