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Lesotho is a small country that’s entirely surrounded by South Africa. It is the only independent state in the world that rests entirely above 1km in elevation, and, because of this altitude, Lesotho remains relatively cool throughout the year.
Its economy revolves around agriculture, livestock farming, manufacturing and mining. The biggest employer in this country, contributing 20% of the country’s gross domestic product, is its textile industry, the backbone of Lesotho’s economy.
With 1 worker supporting, on average, 5 people, you can see how important these female workers’ labour is, especially in a country where life expectancy is ~48 years, 20% of children under 5 are underweight, and adult literacy is as high as 82%.
In this video we can take a look at how female workers are employed in a textile factory, and learn about their working conditions, their everyday problems and their aspirations for the future.
Life is hard for ethnic minorities in Vietnam; things are getting better, but not fast enough for the ethnic minorities that inhabit the countryside and mountain regions of Vietnam. Their illiteracy and school dropout rates are way higher than the Kinh’s, a troubling fact that contributes to their treatment as an underclass. According to research, sometimes ethnic minority workers get paid up to 25% less money than their Kinh co-workers, for the same amount of work!
The government, in an effort to decrease this disparity between the ethnic majority Kinh and the rest of the people, has built infrastructure, schools and hospitals in many remote places, to benefit some of the country’s poorest citizens. They are offering agricultural consulting and have invested in various forms of development assistance, however their efforts haven’t been as effective as they could be, mainly because of the disconnect that exists among the Kinh, towards the rest of the people. For example, the school textbooks that are sent to the local schools in the ethnic minorities’ villages are written in Vietnamese, rather than in the local’s language. The animals that are distributed to the farmers are sometimes not the best choice for their climate, and the supplies that are provided by the government are often of a different kind than what the farmers actually need.
To top that off, many ethnic groups have ceded numerous acres to King settlers and developers, with very little in return. Especially in some regions where state-affiliated firms operate, these land grabs were coupled with beatings, arrests and harassments towards the villagers.
Even though the political situation in the country is complex, and many factors are at play here, it looks like most ethnic minorities are just struggling to make ends meet.
Sustainable fashion is often overlooked when someone considers environmental issues, but, thankfully, a few conscious fashion industry a-list names are doing everything in their power to raise awareness about the pressing need for sustainability and transparency in the glamorous world of fashion!
Stella McCartney is one of our favorite sustainable fashion designers and a very outspoken animal rights pioneer. She recently covered British fashion magazine ‘Business of Fashion’, and spoke about the various environmental issues that the industry is facing at the moment.
Stella McCartney is a conscious designer who doesn’t use fur, skins or leather. She is designing her beautiful creations with alternative -and often very innovative- materials in mind. Organic cotton, biodegradable and recycled metal parts are often seen in her collections, and has promoted sustainable and ethical products to many of her famous friends and colleagues, such as Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow, in an effort to maximize their impact!
Another fantastic role model is Gisele Bündchen, one of the most successful runway models ever! But, really, she is so much more than that; a Goodwill’s Ambassador the the UN Environment Program, a leader in clean water initiatives, a spokeswoman for the preservation of South African forests, a major supporter to the World Wildlife Fund, a member of the Rainforest Alliance’s board of directors and, finally an environmental superhero with a secret identity; she stars in an animated web series, “Gisele and the Green Team”, which follows her and her team of green friends who work as supermodels by day and fight enemies of the environment by night!
A very informative interview video, which will help you learn more about Stella McCartney, her personal journey, her values and beliefs, and the importance of sustainability in fashion!
What happened when a chef noticed a homeless old man who looked hungry and decided to feed him? It was the beginning of a wonderful, heart-warming idea that led people all around the world to reevaluate their priorities in life and to do their part in helping those around them. One person’s power, on a global scale, can bring about substantial change!
This uplifting documentary will hopefully inspire you to actively support those in need, and could spark a movement which will work towards improving the lives of people everywhere.