Taking a page from Hermione Granger’s Society for Protection of Elvish Welfare, a grassroots organization of Harry Potter superfans, the Harry Potter Alliance, have been been fighting a four-year war against their own Voldemort — except in this case, Voldemort is Warner Bros., the movie studio that owns the rights to their beloved four-eyed hero. But after a four-year campaign, the HPA has finally succeeded in winning its longest battle yet: to get Warner Bros. to stop working with vendors who use child labor in the production of Harry Potter-branded chocolate. Keep reading »
Today’s Compassionate Fashion spotlight shines on an awesome little company called JOYN India. JOYN products are made by Indian artisans who create beautiful textile products completely by hand — everything from weaving to printing to stitching. JOYN gives these artisans the chance to sell their products to the American market, providing them with fair wages, safe working environments, a daily meal plan, education, and medical care. Their motto is “Fashioning Better Lives,” and by purchasing JOYN products, you’ll help them put those words into action. Click through to check out a few of my favorite colorful accessories from their current collection!
Shocking: Victoria’s Secret is a house of lies! The cotton used for their underwear, which they deem on the labels as “fair trade” and “good for women, good for the children who depend on them,” has been outed by Bloomberg News. Turns out their methods aren’t quite as good or as fair as the company claims; in fact, their cotton wares are sourced by abused and unpaid children in Burkina Faso. Excellent! VS has been using cotton from the west African country for four years. Ironically, they launched a line of underwear in 2009 that “boasted about the cotton’s origins, as well as how purchases would improve the lives of Burkinabé cotton pickers.” To the brand’s credit, they’re upholding that they were unaware of the practices, and are “engaging with stakeholders to fully investigate this matter.” Get the full story here on Bloomberg. Fair warning: it’s pretty brutal. Now, put down those 3-for-$10 thongs. You don’t want them anyway! [Bloomberg]
Surevolution is a sustainable jewelry, home goods and accessories company that works with thousands of artisans that produce beautiful, handcrafted goods. Their mission is to run their company in a way that respects people, cultures and nature, while helping to alleviate poverty and offer fair trade solutions. Lucky for me and you, they’re having a sale right now, and everything (everything!) on the site is 60 percent off with the coupon code FF60. That means you can get gorgeous one-of-a-kind pieces at jaw-droppingly affordable prices. And you get to feel great about where your money’s going, too! The sale runs through May 31. We’ve picked out some of our favorite pieces after the jump, but you should really check out everything they have to offer! Keep reading »
Emma Watson is off to Brown University this month, and we bet every girl on campus is clamoring to be her roommate just to get their hands on that insanely amazing wardrobe of hers. What they might find, however, are goods from Watson’s collaboration with People Tree, a fair trade clothing company. Keep reading »