New on THE KINDCRAFT
Events — North America
Events — Asia + Australia
Business + Entrepreneurship
A Round-Up of Notable Articles...
BBC covers the UK government's investigation of Fast Fashion in a piece called 'How do you justify selling a £2 t-shirt?' (Spoiler Alert: You can't...)
We really like that eCommerce platform Shopify has just opened a community space in L.A. to help support small brands selling online—especially since we're now in L.A. and have a Shopify store. 😍
Apparel manufacturer VF Corp releases an online map that allows a visual trace of the global supply chain on a few of their products. A good start but, until it's a comprehensive look at all their factories and not just a self-selected sample, it reads as "P.R." and not real "transparency".
Speaking of traceability—We've all heard stories of exploited workers hiding notes for help inside product, but does anyone follow the supply chain back to the factories to validate their claims? Rossalyn Warren and Channing Huang did just that in this tremendous bit of journalism for Vox.
'Consumers can’t stop slavery – or can they?' — a look at if "voting with your wallet" actually works.
The New York Times looks at how artisan skills might be an answer to Italy's youth unemployment crisis.
Fascinating — A researcher studied 400,000 knitters on Ravelry.com and discovered what turns a hobby into a business.
Sustainability + Labor
- Does the sustainable fashion movement need more creative content to engage consumers? That’s the thinking behind Catwalk To Creation, a short documentary on the topic created by creative agency Fashion 4 Change. Read Forbes's take on the project and watch the trailer on Vimeo here.
- Stella McCartney is to announce a United Nations fashion industry charter for climate action, which will be launched at next month’s climate talks in Poland.
- We don't have enough organic farms. Why not?
- 'Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe." -- Wonderful, important reporting by ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten.
- Workers say that those "Don't clean my room today" programs which hotels promote as "green" are actually a smoke-screen — one that forces fewer people do more work .
- "Food crop waste like banana by-products, pineapple leaves, flax and hemp stalk, and the waste from crushing sugar cane can be collected and spun into a natural fiber that can be woven into garments.”
Wrapping Up / Looking Ahead
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