Thursday, 8 June 2017

VOTE!

Just in case anyone's forgotten or isn't sure it's worth the effort... UK folks, today's the day, get down to your polling station now and cast your vote.

If you've lost your polling card, turn up without it (it doesn't matter at all).

If you don't know where your polling station is, ask a neighbour or check here: https://wheredoivote.co.uk/

If you've never voted before and aren't sure how, the people in the polling station will be happy to show you (it's very simple).

If you had a postal vote but forgot to send it back, you can take it into a polling station today.

If you're still undecided, try this: https://voteforpolicies.org.uk/

Polling stations open at 7am and close at 10pm.

No excuses.




Saturday, 13 May 2017

#whomademyfabric - FREE GASPAR MATALAEV


Gaspar Matalaev is in prison in Turkmenistan for reporting on forced labour (and child labour) in the Turkmen cotton industry. He has been tortured and his family is under surveillance.

Thursday 18 May is Turkmenistan's Constitution Day, and it's likely that the president will grant pardons to hundreds of prisoners. Freedom United hope that a surge in signatures on their petition to free Gaspar will get him included in the amnesty so, if you haven't signed it yet, now is a good time.

Who picked your cotton?

Thursday, 27 April 2017

#whomademyfabric


Fashion Revolution Week is here again, and the focus is wider than just the final stage of garment manufacturing (the bit that I as a home sewer/knitter may have done for myself). There are plenty of questions I can ask beyond #whomademyclothes:

Who made my fabric?

Who produced the raw materials for my fabric?

What was it like for them to do that? Safe? Fairly rewarded? Supportive of their human rights, needs, and dignity?

What did the production of my fabric do to the place it came from, and the people and animals that live there?

What did the production of my fabric do to the planet, and all of us who live here?

What will my fabric do to the planet while I'm using it (especially when being washed)?

How long will this fabric last, and what impact will it have when I eventually dispose of it?

Am I OK with the honest answers to all these questions, or am I avoiding thinking about them?

NB: There is the option to ask these questions every week, not just in Fashion Revolution Week.


See also:
The high price of cheap stuff - what we can do
Conscious Crafting - some sewing links (long overdue an update, I know)
Fashion Revolution Day: who made your fabric?