5 Things to Talk About During After Work Drinks- January
We have handpicked some of the most interesting ethical and sustainable fashion-related topics you could bring up during happy hour, or next time you find yourself having after work drinks with your friends!
We loved the tux Michael Fassbender wore at the Golden Globes 2016 Award Ceremony! Not only was his Tom Ford tuxedo stylish and sleek, it was also made with a special kind of eco-friendly spun wool fabric, named OEKO-TEX, since the designer is a participant in the Green Carpet Challenge this year, which strives to promote ethical and sustainable fashion creations on Red Carpet events.
Michael Fassbender previously wore another eco-friendly wool suit by Giorgio Armani at the 2012 BAFTA awards. This guy is not only handsome, stylish, and an awesome actor, he also seems to be eco-conscious, as well! One more reason to love him.
We recently found out about Child’s Cup Full (CCF), a non-profit organization that was created by Janette Habashi, a professor at the University of Oklahoma, who had previously spearheaded a long and strenuous fundraising campaign to help provide education to the refugee children in the West Bank city of Jenin. The idea behind CCF came when she realized that the best way to help children in need would be to provide employment to their refugee mothers. Her organization strives to provide training and jobs to refugee and poor women artisans, by producing children’s educational toys (Child’s Cup Full), as well as embroidered women’s shoes and accessories (Darzah). Both product lines are sold internationally, and are geared towards conscious consumers.
In the words of one of the artisans working for CCF: ‘I had a concealed passion that wasn’t visible, but working for Darzah and Child’s Cup Full unveiled that passion and allowed me to realize it in an incredible way. It taught me independence and allowed me to be secure my life after having to depend on others for so long. Working here, I have been able to be a productive go-getter for society, my kids, my house and I encourage every woman to come and work so she can play a pivotal role in society. I want to tell her that she can do whatever it is she wants while enjoying it and she too can unveil her passions.’
We absolutely love what CCP is doing, and we fully support initiatives like this one!
When we complain to our friends, some of us often mention how we’d love to know where our favorite products are being made, what the working conditions are like there, and whether the workers are getting paid enough. The thought that our sneakers might have been made by children in some dreadful sweatshop makes us shudder, and we often go to great lengths to discover the production lines of our favorite brands.
However, not everyone thinks like that. Most people would rather just not think about it, and will often rebuke your questions with a disinterested comment, something along the lines of ‘Isn’t it better for them to have a job, even if it’s bad?’
Well, this article disproves this theory, it really explains how it is unethical to take advantage of someone just because they are down on their luck, and our moral obligation of improving the working conditions and the lives of other people, if it is within our power to do so. We need to check where and how a product is made, before buying it. It’s the only way to find a solution to this horrendous type of modern slavery.
Maybe by showing this article to your nonchalant friends next time, it will help them choose more carefully where they give their spending money to next time!
We came across another interesting article, which posed the question who should bear the burden of ethical fashion, the poor buyers, or the fashion industry itself? Can everyone afford to make ethical choices? Is it wrong to ask the struggling populace to save the poorest of the poor? Should a struggling mom buy a $2 polo shirt for her kid, which was made by another kid in a different country, in a sweatshop? These questions aren’t that simple to answer, and the problem is multifaceted, since you can’t just ban all non-ethical Chinese and Bangladeshi products, because that would create even more problems.
Thankfully, there are a few ethical and affordable clothing brands, which oppose the trend of fast fashion, and opt for high-quality, long-lasting pieces that the wearer is going to enjoy for many years to come. Hopefully, this might just be a step towards the right direction.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Comment About Girls, Nerds, And Dating Matters — Here’s Why It’s So Important For Feminism
Mark Zuckerberg recently updated his Facebook status, to inform his followers about his New Year’s Resolution for 2016;
One commenter to this update mentioned that she keeps telling her granddaughters to date the ‘nerd’ in school, since he may turn out to be a Mark Zuckerberg -how sassy! But his response was one that had feminists all around the world swooning; he replied “Even better would be to encourage them to be the nerd in their school so they can be the next successful inventor!”
How awesome is he? Considering 56% of women in tech leave their employers mid-career, and only 18% of computer science majors are women, Mark Zuckerberg’s reply is super important in encouraging young women to follow their dreams, and break gender barriers. We salute you, sir!