I’ve been a fair trade advocate for a while and really enjoy sharing about it and finding new ways to support the mission. Not only do I try to buy things fair trade (or made locally or in the US) when I can, I have also been volunteering at a local fair trade store in Austin. I love finding new sites online that focus on ethically made products and I get really excited when I come across a local Austin business supporting the movement. It feels like the mission is catching on, especially in the fashion industry, and I’m excited to see where the movement will be in a few years!
On 2/9/2017, I spoke with Kasi of The Peahen, Jen of Purse and Clutch, and Leti Bueno about ethical fashion and how to support local fashion brands in Austin at the Bossbabes Community Caucus event at the Spiderhouse Ballroom. Check out the guide to some of Austin’s top ethical brands that we created for the event!
I also work at Strive Green, a great example of a local company that is participating in the sustainable and ethical fashion movement in Austin. You can find me at Strive Green on the weekends taking care of customers, posting on social media, and writing for the SG blog. If you live in ATX or are just visiting, swing by our little shop on Barton Springs and say hi!
Fashion Revolution started as a way to commemorate 1,134 people who were killed & over 2,500 who were injured when the Rana Plaza Garment Factory collapsed on April 24, 2013 in Bangladesh. It’s a way to empower individuals to reach out to brands to ask “who made my clothes” and begin to demand better treatment for the employees in their supply chain.
This year I co-organized the first Fashion Revolution Day event in Austin! Jen of Purse and Clutch, Kasi of The Peahen, and I planned a night of table discussions centered around the issues of fast-fashion and ways to get involved and make fashion more ethical. I am so proud of the work we accomplished and how the night turned out.
I built the website we used to promote the event in Austin and to provide more information on Fashion Revolution to Austinites. We have since taken the website offline, but you can see copies of the pages I built as well as the blog articles that I wrote here.
Drawings and infographics by Fashion Revolution
A friend I met while volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages started an online group for women in Austin who want to live a more ethical life. The idea is to share resources and ideas on how to get involved in the community and how to be more socially and environmentally conscious in everyday life. I’ve written a couple of articles for the blog and plan to write more soon, so stay tuned! Check out the website and share your thoughts.