The Clean Clothes Campaign

Are you curious about the people who make your clothes?

Do you want to learn if your favourite brands follow ethical production procedures?

The Clean Clothes Campaign is an alliance of organisations in 16 European countries dedicated to improving working conditions and supporting the empowerment of workers in the global garment industries.

The Clean Clothes Campaign provides a fantastic insight into the reality factory employees face with a section devoted to photographs & interviews with Cambodian garment workers.

The CCC site also contains up-to-date information concerning the issues surrounding clothing factory conditions and an abundance of resources for those wanting to find out more about worker rights and the various aspects of the garment industry. Use the handy Search feature to discover the truth behind fashion brands.

The Clean Clothes Campaign relies on a partner network of more than 200 organisations and unions in garment-producing countries to identify local problems and objectives, and to help develop campaign strategies to support workers in achieving their goals. The CCC cooperates extensively with similar labour rights campaigns in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Please sign the online petition to pay garment workers a living wage

Disclaimer: I am not at all an expert on the big business of fast fashion however I am a concerned consumer who has chosen to learn & share as much as I can through my own personal experiences & the wealth of resources available online.

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My Fave Thrifted Things for Thrifty Thursday

I had a bit of a hard time deciding just what I wanted to share for this week’s thriftastic theme. Luckily the decision was made for me when I glanced at the collection of bags adorning the corner of my bedroom!

I busted out my trusty old video camera & tripod, precariously perched on my headboard to get an acceptable angle and got to work on a fancy schmancy Gone Thrifting video to share some of my fave thrifted bag scores!

Snag some thrifty inspiration (+ join up & share your love of second hand) over on my Gone Thrifting facebook page!

As always feel free to take part in the thrifty fun & vote for the upcoming themes…

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The Delightful DIY Dinosaur Costume

Has anyone else spied a dinosaur in their parking lot?

Here’s how to create your own fast moving stegosaurus from items you may already have around the house:

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Are you a Bricoleur?

Do you refashion, upcycle and DIY with whatever is on hand?

Then you are most definitely a Bricoleur who practices Bricolage!

I’m a power tool toting Bricoleur, hear me roar!

I was recently interviewed for an anthropology thesis study researching the sustainability of refashioning second hand goods and was introduced to a wonderful new-to-me word:

Bricolage (brɪkəˈlɑːʒ) noun: construction or creation from a diverse range of available items.

Bricoleur  (brē-kō-ˈlər) noun: one who engages in bricolage.

My fave bricolage gear? Second hand clothing, vintage textiles, my trusty scissors & a load of imagination!

So now the next time someone asks you what you do tell them you’re a thrifty DIY sustainable-style refashioning Bricoleur!

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3 DIY Methods for Adding Clutch Chains

As hard as I try I simply can’t resist the lure of the €1 bag bin at my fave charity shop. Rummaging through those tangled straps always reveals a hidden vintage treasure.

Although not always in perfect condition my retro beauties can easily be spruced up with a bit of refashionista creativity:

Discover my 3 simple methods for adding a fabulous chain strap to those vintage clutches, bags & coin purses:

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The Fair Wear Foundation

Hooray! You’ve decided to step away from unethically produced fashion and shop for brands that have a proven track record of fair labour and production practices. Unfortunately major fast fashion labels have massive PR machines working to convince the public that they are (mostly) ethical & sustainable so how can consumers weed out the good from the bad?

The Fair Wear Foundation is just one of the independent, non-profit organisations that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers.

The Fair Wear Foundation currently has 80 member companies representing over 120 brands that are based in seven European countries. Member products are sold in over 20,000 retail outlets in more than 80 countries around the world. The Fair Wear Foundation is active in 15 production countries in Asia, Europe and Africa.

The Fair Wear Foundation site is straightforward, very easy to navigate and not only includes a list of ethically produced brands but also PDF downloads detailing company & social reports, performance checks & complaints on their resource page.

Unfortunately there’s no such thing as 100% ethically produced clothing – yet. But FWF’s member brands are working hard to get there. As the video below illustrates, modern supply chains are complicated and international – which means no single factory, brand or government can improve things alone. This kind of change doesn’t happen overnight but thanks to the Fair Wear Foundation reports you can check on how your favourite FWF member brands are performing and make a more informed decision before you buy.

Disclaimer: I am not at all an expert on the big business of fast fashion however I am a concerned consumer who has chosen to learn & share as much as I can through my own personal experiences & the wealth of resources available online.

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(Thrifty) Romance in a Jar

This year give the gift of thrifty love for Valentine’s day and create some heartfelt and oh-so-quirky romance jars!

Perfect for both guys and gals these (thrifty) Romance in a Jar gifts are a cinch to create and can be personalized for every style and taste!

Grab a jar & head to Dream a Little Bigger for my quick & easy tute!

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A DIY Gold Marie for Karneval in Germany

Since learning the Brother’s Grimm fairytale of Frau Holle at pre-school my kiddo has been obsessed and I have been subjected to daily viewings of the 1961 German film adaptation:

As it’s once again Karneval time in Germany my darling daughter insisted that I create the “most specialist Gold Marie costume in the world”!

Complete with her glittery golden spool my little Gold Marie would surely make Frau Holle proud!

Here’s how I created it:

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The quick collar refashion: a diy for guys

Whilst sifting through my stash I discovered a shirt without a collar and a collar without a shirt…so I put ‘em together & created a stylin’ new button down for the dude:

Here’s how to quickly create your own:

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Refashioning 101: Minor Adjustments

Getting started refashioning can be intimidating. Making that first major chop or ripping out the seams of a garment definitely requires a bit of creative courage…especially when you haven’t a clue what the end result will look like!

Instead of diving head first into the refashioning deep end, begin with a project guaranteed to start your eco-fashion journey with the creative confidence needed to continue your budding passion for refashion!

Head on over to Dream a Little Bigger for the next installment of my Refashioning 101 series & remember, even minor adjustments can make an impressive difference!

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