Article: Ross Pollard
Stop Ripping Off other cultures
Yes fashion can take influence, but let’s be honest, a lot of the time it takes peoples heritage and culture and treats them as a novelty or a fad. Is there any better demonstration of this than how the term “Tribal” has become synonymous with non-white.
Stop Ripping Off Other Designers
High Street stores, I’m looking at you, stop seeing things on Etsy etc and then stealing them. You don’t have the right to do this to anyone. You don’t get to steal peoples ideas and work, and stealing it is. When you copy someone spices and don’t have an agreement in place it is theft.
Treat Young People In The Industry Better
The unpaid internship has gone from being a way that young people can learn skills and gain knowledge in the industry to a pool of free workers. More jobs are now created as internships to save money than actually offer a real benefit to young people trying to get a start. A nine month admin job deserves a salary, not train fare and a sandwich.
Better Conditions For Staff, End Zero Hours
In 2016 a series of companies were exposed for quite frankly Dickensian work practices, few rights, no contractual hours, and work cancelled on the day or forced overtime. People sacked for being sick, having a mental illness or a thousand other reasons utterly lacking in compassion and decency isn’t the industry I want, or you should either.
Ending The Sweatshop Culture
If not us, Who?, If not now, When? I’m with the JFK quote on this one
Lets stop abusing the planet with our clothes, 11,000 litres of water to make a pair of jeans, poison dyes, huge electricity consumption, aggressive agriculture, we are trashing the planet. We live in an age of rapidly advancing technology, how can that be harnessed to reduce the footprint of the industry on our planet and natural resources?
Choose Fashion. Choose The Right Kind Of Fashion
Make that pound in the pocket a weapon to fight for a better industry, commit to buying better, more ethical products and try to move away from fast fashion.
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