Are Your Favourite Brands Using Ethical Standards?

Are Your Favourite Brands Using Ethical Standards?

"There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger & unhappiness"  

- Mahatma Gandhi.

It has been four years since we witnessed the Bangladesh tragedy of a clothing factory collapse that shocked the world.  Unfortunately three years on, many Australian brands still do not know the poor conditions of factory workers.

We love fashion, but we would love to see the industry use more ethical standards, like the brands we promote, such as Sassind, Texas Johnny and Luxe Fashions.

I spoke to Julie from Intrigue On Rose.  Julie stocks many Australian made brands, which clients often don't want the price tag.  

Labels such as Nookie and Pasduchas, Australian designed and made.  They even have the "old-school" hand-made cutting tables.

If you’re wearing anything from Nike, Puma, Fila or even some of our well-loved Australian brands like Bonds or Just Jeans, then it’s highly likely your clothes are made in places that most people would describe as sweatshops. - Read more at Oxfam.

A sweatshop is a manufacturing facility where workers endure poor working conditions, long hours, low wages and other violations of labour rights. Unfortunately, places known as sweatshops are particularly common in developing countries where labour laws are often not enforced.

Factories can be located in dangerous and deteriorating buildings that are unsafe places to work. Other issues of concern are workers with exposure to toxic substances or using hazardous machinery without adequate protection.

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The Guardian states that child labour is a particular issue for fashion because much of the supply chain requires low-skilled labour and some tasks are even better suited to children than adults. In cotton picking, employers prefer to hire children for their small fingers, which do not damage the crop.

We were shocked when we viewed the list with some of the companies and won't be purchasing from them again.

Let's help clean up the industry and make some of these companies accountable by boycotting them.

So how does your brands rank on workers welfare? (ABC News)

  • Adidas                          A-
  • Aldi                              C
  • Ally Fashion                 F
  • American Apparel       B-
  • ARROW                       C
  • ASOS                           C+
  • Gap Inc.                       C+
  • Audrey Blue                 A+
  • Autograph                   C+
  • Avella (Big W)             C
  • Banana Republic (Gap) C+
  • Bardot                         C-
  • JuniorBardot               C-
  • Barely There                B
  • Basque (Myer)            C+
  • Beare & Leay (Lowes)   C-
  • Berlei                           B+
  • Best & Less                  D-
  • Billabong                     C
  • Blaq (Myer)                 C+
  • Bonds                          B+
  • Boohoo                       F
  • Breakaway                  C+
  • Calvin Klein                C
  • Capture (EziBuy)       C
  • City Chic                    C+
  • Coco Beach - Pavement United Brands F
  • Coles                         B-
  • Converse (Nike)        C+
  • Cotton On Group      B+
  • Country Road            B+
  • CrestellPacific BrandsB+
  • Crossroads                C+
  • Cue                            B-
  • Dangerfield               F
  • Simon de Winter       C
  • David Jones               B-
  • David Lawrence         C
  • DC Quiksilver             C
  • Diana Ferrari              D+
  • Elka Collective           F 
  • Emerge (EziBuy)       C
  • Emerson (Big W)      C
  • Esprit                         B
  • European Collection (EziBuy)  C
  • Factorie                     B+
  • Forever New              B
  • Gap                            C+
  • Grosby                       F
  • H&M                           B+
  • Hurley (Nike)             C+
  • Hush Puppies             F
  • Industrie                     B-
  • Jacqui E                     C+
  • Jay Jays                    C+
  • Jeanswest                 B
  • Jets Swimwear         B
  • Just Jeans                C+
  • Kathmandu              B-
  • Katies                       C+
  • Kmart                       B
  • Kookai                    C
  • Lacoste                  C+
  • Levis                      C+
  • Lorna Jane            D
  • Lowes                    C-
  • Lululemon Athletica C
  • Metalicus                C+
  • Michelle Bridges      C
  • Mimco                      B+
  • Miss Shop (Myer)    C+
  • New Balance           C+
  • Nike                         C+
  • Peter Alexander      C+
  • Roger David            F
  • Saba                       B+
  • Seed Heritage        F
  • Sportsgirl               B
  • Supre                      B+
  • Susan                      B
  • Suzanne Grae         B
  • Target Australia      B-
  • Trenery                   B+
  • Veronika Maine       B-
  • Victoria's Secret     D+
  • Witchery                 B+
  • Yarra Trail                C+
  • Zara                         A

Thank you for caring and reading.  

Will you be making some changes to where you shop?

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Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist.  Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.

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