From the cotton field upwards: recognising accountability in the fashion industry

24 Apr 2014 12:45

GS Rao is the State Co-ordinator for Chetna Organic for their farmers in the state of Odisha, in the east of India. He represents more than 3,000 smallholder tribal farmers, belonging to 4 organic and Fairtrade cotton farmer cooperatives in Odisha, one of the poorest states in India. Here, he describes why Fashion Revolution Day is a trigger for a more harmonious supply chain.

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From cotton fields to cutting floors: it’s time to revolutionise the fashion industry

24 Apr 2014 9:44

Rachel Hearson, Fairtrade Foundation Account Manager for Major Retailers Cotton, recounts her own personal journey into the lives of cotton farming communities and speaks about how UK shoppers are now demanding that the people making their clothes get a fair deal.

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Following the thread: the start of a Fashion Revolution

23 Apr 2014 16:22

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Orsola de Castro is creative director at fashion label From Somewhere, which makes clothes from recycled off cuts of luxury materials. She is also co-founder and co-curator of Estethica at London Fashion Week and a co-founder of Fashion Revolution Day.

Here Orsola reflects on why following the thread in our clothes from beginning to end is vital and why we need a revolution in fashion.

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Putting women at the centre of Ghana’s cocoa production

17 Apr 2014 14:13

Martine Parry, media manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, visited Ghana earlier this year to see how Fairtrade cocoa co-operative Kuapa Kokoo is empowering women to transform their lives.

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The reality behind ‘bananageddon’

7 Apr 2014 16:17

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‘Bananageddon’ is a word that has been bandied around this weekend in national newspapers, ahead of an upcoming report from the United Nations (UN) on the spread of Panama disease across banana farms and the devastating effect it is having on farmers.

Here Martine Parry, Fairtrade Foundation Media and Public Relations Manager, explains why the reality behind the bananageddon headlines is far from sensational as thousands of farmers struggle to contain this destructive disease.

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Climate Change: Committing to helping producers adapt

31 Mar 2014 18:22

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Today, top scientists from the IPCC warned climate change is having, and will have, a devastating impact on our planet. They predict that drought and floods will lead to life-threatening food shortages.

Unpredictable weather means that food prices will shoot up, while food quality, and access to it, will go down. Tim Aldred, Head of Policy at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains what Fairtrade is doing to help smallholder farmers, who feed  70% of the world’s people, mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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Valuing our bananas on Save a Banana Day

26 Mar 2014 13:13

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On Save a Banana Day, Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, documents a recent visit to banana producers and workers in Ghana, and tells us why valuing our bananas, and those who produce them, is more important than ever.


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Fairtrade Hired Labour Standards: steps to meaningful progress

21 Mar 2014 9:28

New Fairtrade standards for hired labour, published in January, drive real change for workers across the globe. Richard Anstead, Head of Product Management at the Fairtrade Foundation, discusses the journey to unlocking the power of the many.

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Fairtrade Fortnight: the last leg

10 Mar 2014 18:20

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The weekend saw the face of Fairtrade Fortnight, Foncho, visiting Scotland as the final leg of the Fortnight producer tour. Donna Simpson, press officer at the Fairtrade Foundation, witnessed the strength behind the campaign with him.

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Vince Cable: Will you help Make Bananas Fair?

4 Mar 2014 17:34

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As Business Secretary Vince Cable has a run in with some human bananas this week, Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation, urges government to act to Make Bananas Fair

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