5 Things to Talk About During After Work Drinks- February
We handpicked a few feminism, ethical and sustainable fashion-related topics we think you’ll find interesting! Who knows, maybe you’ll bring them up during happy hour, or next time you go for some after work drinks.
We absolutely love Emma Watson and everything she stands for, as well as her movies, so we must admit to having mixed feelings about this; the UN Women Goodwill ambassador, who has been a very outspoken feminist and is also very well known for her HeForShe campaign, through which she urges men to stand for gender equality, is going to be taking a year away from acting, to work on her own personal development.
She says that she wants to start reading a book per week, to broaden her horizons; ‘I’m doing a huge amount of reading and study just on my own. I almost thought about going and doing a year of gender studies, then I realized that I was learning so much by being on the ground and just speaking with people and doing my reading. That I was learning so much on my own‘.
The Harry Potter actress also stated that she actually wants to keep on the path that she’s on, and that she is not only going to be reading a lot this year – she also intends to do a lot of listening, as well.
Sounds like a great plan, Emma, and we stand behind you and your decision (even though we’ll miss you on the silver screen), since it will help make you an even more awesome person!
We were pleased to hear that Livia Firth is designing some super-elegant and yet simple pieces for Marks & Spencer, inspired by the timeless style of Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. According to her, each piece is ‘made with integrity and [will] live in your wardrobe for years to come,’ and every one of them can be traced back to the supplier it came from.
According to Marks & Spencer, ‘[The] clothes have been made in a factory that meets M&S Eco-Friendly Standards, which are specially designed to save energy, reduce waste and use less water. The fabrics used come from mills which comply with our M&S Environmental Code of Practice, so you know they have been responsibly produced.’
We can’t wait to see what she does next!
We all know and love U2 frontman Bono’s ethical fashion label, EDUN. Their AW16 collection, which he designed alongside his wife Ali Hewson. The brand held a fashion show on Valentine’s day, drawing in numerous A-listers, such as Liam Neeson.
The show featured gorgeous pieces made with various materials, such as loom-woven wool, velvet, tweed, leather and denim, in a wide range of striking colors.
Other attendees included supermodel and photographer Helena Christensen, and Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne in ABC’s ‘the Walking Dead’ series.
This month we came across a very interesting interview, which was full of information about the Ethical Fashion Initiative, aka EFI, which was founded by Simone Cipriani, back in 2009. It is a joint agency of the UN and the World Trade organization, and it promotes the work of marginalized (mostly) female artisans from all around the world, by connecting them to the global fashion supply chain.
The first country they worked in was Kenya, but the EFI has hubs in both East and West Africa, in Haiti and the West Bank. The agency’s goal is a noble one; they aim to create jobs in fashion for small artisans, help them get more organized, and teach them new skills, so they can improve their lives through their own work.
The agency takes very good care of their workers, and they believe in dignified working conditions, fair labor, trackable jobs and people throughout the production proccess, and a fully transparent supply chain. We certainly applaud their efforts to create ethical and sustainable fashion, all the while empowering and supporting struggling artisans from all over the world, and we hope that in the future more and more people will abandon fast fashion, as they discover the value behind giving back to the makers.
We came across a very informative article on eco-tourism, which presents tips for eco-tourists, the benefits for the travelers and the indigenous communities, along with various ways people could enjoy this green practice.
Agrotourism, Voluntourism, Eco-lodging and Eco-trekking are excellent ways of enjoying a foreign place while giving back to the people who are left behind when you go back home. Once you know what they mean, you will be able to resist those that are trying to capitalize on the popularity of eco-tourism by claiming they are as ‘green’ and ‘eco-friendly’ as it gets, while they are actually green-washing!
Once you understand how travelling responsibly to natural areas can actually conserve the environment, preserve ancient cultures and improve the lives of the local people, the word ‘tourism’ will take on a whole new meaning for you.
If you are thinking about taking a trip in the near future, we urge you to read this article, and to look into eco-tourism destinations; we are certain you’ll have the time of your life!