All our items tell a story. The most obvious one is CHANGES because that’s what it is all about: changes within the fashion industry.
Read this incredible touching message of Livia Firth, 16-11-2016:
livia_firth As I come back from Geneva into the @ecoage headquarters, I can’t stop but thinking about the short story my friend @edoardonesi introduced to me a couple of years ago – “The Ones who walk away from Omelas” written in 1973 by Ursula Le Guin. Omelas is a happy, utopian society with a problem: its happiness is predicated on the misery of a child who lives in a cage under the city. Is that so utopian though? Today our happiness is predicated on the unhappiness of millions of people that make the things we eat, wear and use every single day. Have we spoken for them at this UN Forum on Business and Human Rights? Walk Free, the slavery NGO, estimates that there are 35.8 million people trapped in modern day slavery today – that is the largest number of slaves in modern history. This is fuelled by the global demand for cheap labour and the market forces that create the supply and demand for slaves. We are familiar with different types of modern day slavery such as human trafficking, forced labour, debt bondage, sale and exploitation of children. BUT there is also a huge number of people who you would not technically call “slaves” as they do not fall into the above categories, but who ARE enslaved in a circle of poverty from which they can’t come out. Why? Because none of them earn a living wage, fair wage, decent wage – let’s call it what you want but let’s not hide behind the terminology like must business did at the conference to avoid paying it. The first time it was established was 1919 in the Treaty of Versailles (The Covenant of the League of Nations) and almost a century later businesses are STILL debating what is it and how to do it. As consumers we have a HUGE power to ask the brands who make our clothes to pay a living wage. The choice we can all make today: walk away from Omelas and start building the society we want – one that is just for all. #activecitizens