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Benensonís FairTrade Fashion Fundraiser - 15 April 2019

Have you ever thought about who made the clothes you wear? Where they make them? How much they get paid?

The reality is that the clothing industry is hugely unethical, with most of the cheap and popular brands producing clothes in a way that exploits their workers. Whether it be women in South-East Asia earning 62c an hour to feed their families, or trafficked children trapped in agricultural labour and factories, over 40 million people worldwide are estimated to be in modern-day slavery. This figure is larger than ever, and we, the Benenson society, have worked to help alleviate the issue throughout this term’s campaign.

On Wednesday 20 March 2019, the Benenson Society human rights service group hosted a Fashion Parade to promote ethical clothing production and alternative shopping options. Girls from the group modelled items donated by students, and the clothes were later inexpensively sold for negotiable prices. The day was a huge success thanks to the Benenson Society girls who put in extensive amounts of time and effort, as well as the great support from the college community. Over $300 was raised, and will be donated to FairTrade Australia to support people across the world whose working rights are exploited. We hope to make this event an annual tradition to promote ethical shopping. For more information about ethical stores, please visit: https://www.ethical.org.au/3.4.2/or https://baptistworldaid.org.au/resources/2018-ethical-fashion-guide/

 

You can also download the app “Good On You”, which gives you a guide as to how your clothes rate ethically, based on environmental, labour, and animal testing standards. It also gives suggestions to similar, more ethical brands, as well as an indication of the price

 

Samantha Buckley, Sophie Nakamura, Samara Roy

Benenson Society Senior Captains