No Easy Answers
A free trade NGO called World Growth recently issued a report that’s critical of the fair trade movement. “The Fair Trade model claims it provides tangible benefits to small-scale farmers and workers, consumers and the environment. Yet, it requires costly compliance with Fair Trade’s labour and environmental standards” said Alan Oxley, Chairman of World Growth. “The result is exclusion of the poorest producers and workers most in need of higher returns.” “Much is at stake.” said Alan Oxley. “The Fair Trade model also sets fixed minimum prices which prop up unproductive industries in developing economies.” The World Growth reports showsRead more
Free, Loved, Radiant for the Holidays! *Plus Ethical Shopping Tips*
Gift-giving tells a lot about the person giving the gift. It also says a lot about the person receiving the gift. At Stop Traffick Fashion, our products also tell the story of the women who created them. Our t-shirts, bags, and jewelry are all made by women who are survivors of human trafficking or who are at risk of being trafficked. While their pasts are heartbreaking and uncertain, a quick look around our shop will show you that their present and future are anything but: “I am free. I am loved. I am radiant.” Share their voices of hope withRead more
Which Apparel Companies Make Ethical Fashion?
Free2work has compiled a comprehensive report on supply chain ethics in the apparel industry. It’s an impressive and useful document that can help you make more confident decisions in your holiday shopping. Below is more about the report. And a sample of one of the data charts—this chart is an overview; there are more specific ones for each topic. I love how the charts can give me a quick sense of how well a company’s efforts match my commitment to ethical fashion. Free2Work grades are an indication of the extent to which companies have traced their suppliers and established managementRead more
Pin It to Win It Contest!
We’re having a contest on Pinterest and it’s so easy to enter! Simply email us (hello at stoptraffickfashion dot com) to let us know you’d like to enter and tell us your Pinterest user name. Then pin your top 5 favorite items from our online store to any of your boards. We’ll select 1 lucky person to win one of their pins!! The contest runs from now til December 7th and we’ll notify the winner by email shortly after that.
L’Espoire Collection – It’s Here!
Free—Loved—Radiant Celebrate with survivors of human trafficking. L’Espoir, our new line t-shirts, jewelry, and bags, features images that symbolize the hope of survivors of human trafficking. But their hope is more than just a symbol. Every loving meal they feed their children, every day they’re free to stay off the line in the red light district, every hope-filled dollar they save for their future is a tangible piece of their hope. The L’Espoir collection is crafted by these women of tangible hope, and each piece gives you a concrete way to be a part of their radiant future.
Deadly Working Conditions: The Enemy of Ethical Fashion
A recent factory fire in Karachi, Pakistan killed hundreds of workers who were trapped inside. The fate of these workers reminds us of the danger many people live in just to make our clothes cheaper. But more and more voices are speaking our for worker safety and ethical fashion. Below the video, read about the International Labor Rights Forum‘s efforts toward a sweatshop-free world. In today’s globalized economy, most of the everyday products Americans buy, wear, and eat are produced with labor from the developing world. Our clothes come from countries as remote as Laos or Madagascar; our toys comeRead more
STF on Fox 19 Morning News
Stop Traffick Fashion was recently featured on the Fox 19 morning news in Cincinnati! We’d like to thank Maija Zummo with Her Cincinnati magazine and Sheila Gray with Fox 19 for having us on to talk about Stop Traffick Fashion and ethical fashion. Check out the video and share it with your friends – it’s a great overview of our mission and we also preview some of our new products coming out in October!
Ethical Fashion for Changing Seasons
As summer winds down (sorry for the post-Labor Day buzz-kill), it’s time to start sprucing your fall wardrobe. It’s easy to head straight to the mall and buys something new to get yourself excited about sweater weather. But before you do, make sure you’re putting ethical fashion first. 1. Check out our ethical fashion page to remind yourself how powerful your choices are. 2. Shop Stop Traffick Fashion and the other ethical fashion providers on our list. 3. Download Free2Work’s app to help you make educated choices even when truly ethical merchandise isn’t available. 4. Remember: deals that are tooRead more
STF featured for Ethical Fashion in Her Cincinnati Magazine
Want to learn more about ethical fashion? Check out the latest article featuring Stop Traffick Fashion in Her Cincinnati magazine. The article does a great job highlighting STF’s work and our focus on ethical fashion that empower survivors of human trafficking. Here are a few excerpts. You can read the full article below or on the Her Cincinnati website. “[Ethical Fashion] could encompass anything from what the product is made from — whether it exploits animals or the environment — all the way to who it’s made by,” says Hill. “To produce clothing so cheaply, you can’t be payingRead more
Equipping Consumers for Ethical Purchases
So you know what ethical fashion is—now what? As consumers, our knowledge of the problem should lead us toward finding a solution. Here’s a round up of tools and information to help you refine your shopping habits. How to Kick the Fast Fashion Habit: This article gives you 9 easy steps to help you rethink your wardrobe. Here’s my favorite: Get crafty: Once you’ve started valuing your clothes more, start treating them better. Don’t mix your colors in the washing machine; skip the dryer and line dry instead; hang delicate embroideries and beadwork inside-out. Then, filter your closet to identifyRead more