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Slave to Fashion is made up of interviews and microdocumentaries with the men, women and children caught in slavery, making the clothes sold in the malls and outlets across the USA and the world. It uses photos, visuals and graphics to bring the subject to life and give consumers the facts, stories and actions needed to eradicate modern slavery.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by New Internationalist
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May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
That the textile and footwear industries are hideously exploitative is not new news (neither is it news that the sports goods industries are also in the same camp), and for many years there have been activist and campaign groups, trade unions and development agencies that have been involved in work all designed to improve working conditions. From British factory campaigners in the 1850s to anti-sweatshop campaign groups (trade unions and others) in the 1890s to the International Ladies Garment W ...more
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May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
É fácil pensar que nenhum de nós pode fazer nada de relevante pela vida dos nossos semelhantes, sobretudo daqueles que estão longe. Mas isso é mentira. Este livro incide sobre um ponto essencial para todos nós cidadãos e cidadãs da sociedade da abundância: o consumo ético. O que é isso? É, por exemplo, perceber que se compramos um t-shirt por um preço módico, alguém está a pagar o seu preço real por nós. Esse alguém é muitas vezes um trabalhador ou trabalhadora do Terceiro Mundo que não tem dire ...more
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Over the last few years I have tried to focus a lot more energy into shopping sustainably and ethically. It's a long transition to switch from fast-fashion to sustainable and ethically sourced clothing, but it's a journey I'm willing to take. I've watched many documentaries about fast-fashion and shopping more ethically, but I wanted to read something instead. I'd heard about Safia Minney through, I believe The True Cost documentary, and was instantly engrossed in her passion for creating ethica ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An energetic and educational book about recent developments in the world of fair trade. A must read for consumers looking for ways to have a positive and sustainable impact on the world.

I'm personally also highly interested in the potential for fair trade in vulnerable communities in developed countries, which is briefly touched on in this book. Workers rights are a serious issue in developed countries as well. Fair trade is not just a solution for fashion or for those living in poverty in deve
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Shelves: 2019, 3stars, non-fiction
I just started reading this book about an hour ago and I’ve finished it already. Not gonna lie, I did skim read a large portion of it, but that was mostly because the beginning of the book was about laws and politics, which I’m not too interested in. However, this was a good book. It was about the fashion industry, but with a focus on the exploited workers in places such as Bangladesh. The middle section of the book contained photos and interviews with the workers, which was really interesting. ...more
Charlène Bennevault
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sustainability
It is a really interesting guide to understand the challenges of Fashion in our world with real life stories and case studies. It was refreshing to read something a bit lighter on numbers and statistics when talking about Sustainable Fashion.

And what makes this book a must-have is the message of hope because it is not just denouncing- it is promoting everyone and every project trying to make a change and encouraging everyone to follow!
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Safia Minney is founder and CEO of Fair Trade and sustainable fashion label People Tree. Safia has turned a lifelong interest in environment, trade and social justice issues into an awardwinning social business. Safia is widely regarded as a leader in the Fair Trade movement and has been awarded Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum’s Schwarb Foundation and an MBE for her wor ...more

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