Here at Qualms & Conundrums, we know you get a kick out of kickin’ ass. But since you can’t win at life by being too serious – you know, Carpe Diem, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and all that – every week, we’ll go around digging for the best things you can do to act for change, indulge in a necessary but fun wardrobe addition, learn something unexpected and maybe end the week with something to meditate on. Some of it is responsible, and some of it is just for fun!
Take Action with the Global Fashion Exchange
The Global Fashion Exchange is an initiative launched in 2013 to keep clothes from going to landfills by organizing swap events worldwide. From New York to London, to of course Melbourne and Lisbon, GFX is getting around. So far, over 23 tons of clothing have been swapped at GFX events.
This year, for the Fashion Revolution Week they’re inviting you – yes! you! – to take action too! From April 23rd to 29th, become a GFX ambassador. Call your girlfriends, your boyfriends too, locate your local Fashion Revolution Office and organize your own clothes swap.
Don’t feel like doing anything fancy? Don’t! Do what époque évolution suggests: get your girlfriends around the coffee table and a drink (preferably something that doesn’t stain), and get swappin’!
Widen Your Horizons
Ok. So maybe you’re not one for grand gestures. We hear you! Here are a few think pieces to stay involved in the best conversations going on in the industry.
1. The ethical fashion industry can’t forget about women of color in the U.S. – Hello Giggles
In this article Benita Robledo tackles the issue of classism in the ethical fashion industry. It’s a much needed reminder that Ethical Fashion needs to get inclusive at all levels, from the manufacture to the final buyer.
“It’s not enough that our clothes are organic or ethically-made. We must seek brands and businesses owned by people of color. When we buy from people of color, our money gets filtered through their communities. It raises property values and provides money and resources for schools. Making this one small behavior change snowballs over time, giving communities of color the economic boost they need to thrive. Just as our dollars help women in rural India, it will also help the woman a few blocks down the way.”
Don’t read this article as an invitation to buy G-Star, read it because learning about the cool innovations that are changing the face of fashion is worth sparing some time in your day. And also, buy some G-Star jeans if you need them. They’re vegan, eco-friendly… ethical all-around!
“Achieving the gold ranking for its denim was an almost two-year process that involved formulating an entirely new procedure for indigo dyeing that cut the use of chemicals that can be hard to remove from water systems post-use. In short, G-Star put significant resources toward making its sustainability goals possible. And instead of guarding the results to maintain a competitive edge G-Star submitted its work to Cradle to Cradle, which automatically makes everything it certifies open source.”
3. Turning plastic bottles into installations for sustainable light art festival i Light Marina Bay – The Straights Times
From March 9th to April 1st 2018, the i Light Marina Bay festival will light up the Singapore waterfront, with 22 enthralling light art installations spread across an extended festival ground. Held since 2010, i Light Marina Bay is a showcase of light art installations created by artists from around the world.
“This year’s edition will see greater participation from the community, with an umbrella of initiatives to encourage festivalgoers to adopt sustainable habits in their daily lives. For instance, held in conjunction with the festival will be a Switch Off, Turn Up campaign, which will rally corporate organisations around Marina Bay and beyond to switch off non-essential lighting and turn up their air-conditioning temperatures to save energy.”
Take it slow
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