5 Things to Talk About During After Work Drinks- July

We have gathered some interesting news items from around the web for you to talk about, next time you go for after work drinks with your best friends!

Women Who Kick Ass Comic Con Panel – Gal Gadot, Gwendoline Christie, Jenna Coleman, Hayley Atwell

Having talented, strong, intelligent women that young girls can look up to is invaluable! Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Jenna Coleman (Clara in Doctor Who), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter) and Kathy Bates (Ethel Darling among numerous others) have all played such brilliant, inspiring characters, and in this video they talk about their own experiences playing ‘women who kick ass’! They said that in their personal lives they had been inspired by other bold, opinionated women, such as Bette Davis, Sigourney Weaver and Katherine Hepburn (and yes, their own moms, too), and discussed what their latest tough heroines are all about!

Adidas Created A Shoe That Is Literally Made Out Of Trash

adidas shoes

Since Adidas recently partnered with Parley for the Oceans, an organization that fights against sea pollution, they seem to have started looking at ways of helping out. They recently announced that they have developed a prototype for a fantastic new sustainable shoe, which is almost entirely made out of recycled trash that gets pulled out of the ocean!

Illegal gillnets and other waste is used to make the top of the shoe, whereas the base is created using other kinds of sustainable cushioning material. The garbage collection process was pretty harsh, and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which worked together with Parley for the Oceans and Adidas on this project, had to actually spend more than 100 days tracking an illegal poaching vessel off the coast of West Africa! They collected the green nets that were used on the upper part of the shoe.

Furthermore, Adidas has announced that they will start incorporating recycled plastic into all of their shoes by early 2016. We love the direction this is going!

Artisans in the Developing World, and Why They Matter to Us

Artisan working with raw cotton India

This fantastic 3-part article discusses the reasons why artisans in developing countries should matter to us.

The truth is that we need to realize that these women need to have access to a larger market than what their local community can provide, in order to survive. Expanding towards the international market will definitely help them financially, but also culturally, too, since artisans often pass down various little cultural treasures, as they teach their disciples their art, and their special techniques.

A larger market will also provide these hardworking women with new opportunities to collaborate with each other, and grow as a community, thus improving the lives of their own families, as well as those of their fellow villagers.

It is also important to remember that upon buying an ethical product, we take part in conveying a message about sustainability and empowerment. If we all start creating jobs for those who most need them, if we become ethically aware and strive to empower them, it could be the first step to changing the world.

Simone Cipriani’s biggest regret

Simone Cipriani

Simone Cipriani is the man who founded the Ethical Fashion Initiative, which strives to connect artisans from the developing world with the international market, by helping them create ethical fashion pieces that will be used by the largest, most prominent labels.

Simone Cipriani should rightfully be proud of his work, however he recently expressed that he deeply regrets losing the first small cooperative the EFI had created and supported in Kenya, which later disintegrated, and left the artisans trying to make do independently, and on a small scale.

We love what the Ethical Fashion Initiative is trying to do, and we stand behind Simone Cipriani. However, we think that we all have things we regret from the past, but we should try and learn from them, in order to improve ourselves. We believe that Simone Cipriani has definitely learned from that unfortunate experience, and we know that he will keep on doing his best to help those in need.

How to avoid clothes that are bad for workers and the environment

This great article features some tips that may help you steer clear of purchasing clothes that are not sustainable or ethical! Inspired from Verena Erin’s ‘Ethical and Eco Fashion Shopping Tips‘ video, Treehuggers’ Katherine Martinko wrote about some cool tricks we could follow, in order to find the best ethical and sustainable products, and support companies that are worth it.

Based on your values, you should decide what is most important to you, in order to make your research easier, and improve your chances of discovering what you have in mind. Also, you should consider what kind of clothes you are looking for, as far as style, quality, fit etc are concerned. Having a general idea of what you are looking for, and what type of clothes you prefer, can also help bigtime; this way, you won’t be tempted to buy a cute skirt while looking for a pair of black jeans.

You should also become a pro at shopping online, or at least shopping from legitimately ethical and sustainable shops that have a strong online presence, so that you can research them, and also maybe contact them and ask them any questions you might have about their products. If you are concerned about the fit of your online purchases, you could always visit a seamstress and make any alterations you may need, according to Erin.

If you have access to ethical and sustainable shops in your city, it would be better if you could check them out in person. Also don’t forget to visit craft markets, farmers markets, and any other place that brings you face-to-face with the people who actually make the products!

Also remember; thrift shops are cool, and so are vintage or second-hand clothes and accessories! Beware of buying unethical brands’ products, though, because you might find yourself sporting their logo on your chest and unintentionally advertising them. According to Erin, rented clothes might be an option, too, especially in the case of formal garments.

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