Archive | April 2015

#whomademyclothes

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Today is Fashion Revolution Day and marks the day that we, as consumers, demand more transparency in the fashion industry. In the wake of Rana Plaza (previously blogged about here), there is a call for change to ensure safe working conditions and treatment for everyone along the production line of our favourite fashion labels, which will lead to sustainable changes.

This year is the 2nd Fashion Revolution Day, so what have we achieved since? This report came out by Baptist World Aid featuring many popular stores in Australia and they’ve been ranked across 4 categories: Policies, Traceability & Transparency, Monitoring & Training and Workers Rights Grade with each company/brand receiving a score from A-F. The first report came out in 2013 and this year, 18 new companies representing over 91 brands have been added to the report. That’s a total of 219 brands this year compared to 128 in 2013. The good news is that since the 2013 report, many companies have started to change their transparency. The cessation of child labour in Uzbekistan and increase of minimum wage of 75% in Bangladesh (although still the lowest in the world) are pointed out as some of the positive changes that have since occurred.

What is interesting in the report is how much change has occurred and how well companies are ranking at the Cut-Make level compared to the collection of Raw Materials (aside from ethical fashion brands). This highlights the point that for the fashion industry to become more sustainable, change also needs to happen at the bottom of the level. How are these materials grown? What is the impact of fertilizers and harvesting on the environment and human health? What are the working conditions and treatment of those employed at this level and the use of child labourers? These are still some of the issues that remain unanswered in majority of the companies in this report.

Why is it so important that we keep asking questions? It’s the recognition that these conditions that fashion is made under cannot last and is not sustainable enough to last because of seasonal changes in trends and fast fashion. It’s the recognition that workers across any industry should have equal rights and working conditions-conditions where they are safe and healthy. It’s the recognition that consumers have buying power and choice and we can use these towards what we care about. It’s the recognition that everyone in the fashion industry- from designers, companies, makers, purchases- are all tied together.

Who made your clothes? Who made my clothes?

-S.

The shoe that grows

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Sometimes, you discover something that restores your faith in humanity and this is one of them. Founded by Kenton Lee and the first project from the Because International Organisation, these cleverly designed shoes can be adjusted to 5 different sizes. Not only will these shoes allow children in developing countries the comfy with 1 pair of shoes that are destined to last 5 years but also projects against the elements, from areas of poor sanitation and from soil derived parasites.

On their website, you’re able to purchase 1 pair for a mere $10 to go into a duffle to be sent of to an area of the world where they are needed. It’s such a great idea and design and hopefully has long lasting impact of children so that they have a brighter future.

-S.

Chasing the Nobel Prize

  Being in science means that there are countless of Nobel Prize jokes going around so when I was in Scandinavia a few years ago, visiting every possible Nobel related venue was on my list of things to see (nerd alert). First stop was the Nobel Museum in Stockholm (picture 1). The museum is a […]

Sprinkleofhappy has just moved in!

After much ahh-ing and hmm-ing, I have decided to make the big move over to wordpress. It’s not so big as I could just import everything from my tumblr page….oh the internet, you are amazing. I’ve linked it up so that hopefully, posts will go up onto both sites (because I’m just adventurous like that) so bare with me as I try and navigate this all and figure out how to post.

-S.

Airbnb: Cuba

Let’s all welcome Cuba to Airbnb

Fancy a trip to Cuba? Let’s welcome Cuba to Airbnb! According to Airbnb, there are already over 1000 property listings however, this is only available at the moment for US residents. At least the option is starting there. Hoping it’ll be open to travellers from the rest of the world soon!

-S.

A letter from Sophie

Hi guys,

I hope you’ve all enjoyed Easter. I have been once again been busy getting sick and decided to take a mental break breather (which also explains the lack of posts) but I’m back (unfortunately!) but fortunately for you.

This amazing village called Piplantri in the region of Rajasthan, India plants 111 trees after a baby girl is born. The town also contributes to a trust fund for the girl of about 31, 000 rupees ($500) in a 20 year fixed deposit under the contract that the daughter can only be married after the age of 18 and has received an education. This custom was started by a previous village leader, Shyam Sundar Paliwal, after the passing of his young daughter. You can read more about this here. What an amazing village that is not only being eco-friendly which invariably will impact on them positively but also reversing the stigma about females in the country and also empowering their women with education.

Hope you all have a lovely week.

-S.

Hang Son Doong Cave

Hang Son Doong Cave

Meet what is currently the world’s known biggest cave located in Vietnam near the Laos border. This video was taken from the first drone exploring it and let me tell you, this doesn’t disappoint. I’m excited for this new discovering which is magnificent as what you would image (very movie-esque) but also part anxious because, this will inevitably become a tourist attraction.

This cave is so large, it even has its own climate! Oh Mother Nature, you do your very best.

-S.