Check in with the Six Weeks Challenge

Six items challengeToday marks 4 weeks for The Fableists’ Matt Cooper’s Six Weeks Challenge. This challenge was set by Labour Behind the Label to make us realise how few clothes we actually need in our wardrobes. While six items has been challenging, to say the least, it has really brought home that we don’t need many more. Obviously, there are a few seasonal requirements such as coats but we are pretty happy with jeans and a selection of tops in different weights. It makes dressing very simple!

If you are inclined, please sponsor Matt in his effort here.

Have a look at Matt’s current wardrobe. It’s stripped-down, casual simplicity at its best – just like The Fableists’ clothes for kids. And, it’s not so far off from his usual wardrobe, just short a few t-shirts! It has made it from London, to New York and, today, will be hitting the 32 degree and sunny Los Angeles.

Salvage sweatshirt from Continental Clothing. Made of 100% recycled materials 60% Recycled Organic Cotton 40% Recycled Polyester

Salvage sweatshirt from Continental Clothing. Made of 100% recycled materials 60% Recycled Organic Cotton 40% Recycled Polyester

 

Nudie Jeans

Nudie Jeans

In addition to the above, Matt is wearing a couple of white organic cotton t-shirts and a breton top and vintage workwear jacket (coats and jackets are bonus items!)

Big and Little

Big and Little Fableists

As you can see, Matt is just wearing bigger versions of some of The Fableists’ key looks. Pictured above on Amelie are the Classic Denim Jeans, Breton Top and Chore Coat.

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20% of all The Fableists’ Sales in April to be Donated to Raising for Rana

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We are very pleased to annouce that 20% of all The Fableists’ web sales in April 2014 will be donated to Raising for Rana. 

Raising For Rana is a not-for-profit initiative that has teamed with War on Want, TRAID and the documentary film production company Rainbow Collective CIC to put on a large scale charity fundraising event in London on April 24th, the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh. The event will feature the film premiere of Rainbow Collective’s documentary Tears in the Fabric. You can read our interview with directors Richard and Hannan and find out about the charity auction fundraiser here.

Shop ’til you drop – and all for a great cause!

You can rest assured that the clothes you buy for your children from The Fableists are not made in sweatshops, or using child labour. They do not contain harmful toxic chemicals as they are made of organic cotton, supporting a collective of farmers in India. They are dyed using natural ingredients in a closed-loop system that does not dump chemicals back in to the environment. The waste water is purified and recycled for the next batch of dying.

Visit us at www.TheFableists.com and support this great cause.

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Tailored Wages – New Report Investigates Clothing Brands’ Work on Living Wages

tailored wagesSurvey of 50 leading clothing brands show they must do much more to ensure garment workers receive a wage they can live on.

This week, Clean Clothes Campaign launched ‘Tailored Wages’, an in-depth study of what the leading 50 clothing brands across Europe are doing to ensure that the workers who produce the clothes they sell are paid a living wage. Download the full report here.

Based on a multi-brand survey, “Tailored Wages” found that whilst half of those surveyed included wording in their codes of conduct saying that wages should be enough to meet workers’ basic needs; only four brands – Inditex, Marks & Spencers, Switcher and Tchibo – were able to show any clear steps towards implementing this – and even they have a long way to go before a living wage becomes a reality for the garment workers that produce for them.

More action and less talk

“Although a living wage is a human right, shockingly none of Europe’s leading 50 companies is yet paying a living wage,” said Anna McMullen, the lead author on the report. “The research showed that while more brands are aware of the living wage and recognise that it is something to be included in their codes of conduct and in CSR brochures, for most of the brands surveyed this was as far as they went. With millions of women and men worldwide dependent on the garment industry it is vital that these words are turned into definitive actions sooner rather than later.”

Images from Clean Clothes Tailored Wages Report

Images from Clean Clothes Tailored Wages Report

The survey did find some interesting work being carried out by some brands to increase the amount paid to workers. Swiss company Switcher has set up a fund to pay an additional 1% on top of the price paid to the factory, which will go directly to the workers. Whilst other companies such as Spanish retail giant Inditex is looking at ensuring better conditions by forming agreements with global union IndustriALL. However as Ms. McMullen adds “whilst this is all innovative work it remains in the pilot stage and workers can wait no longer.”

Struggle for living wages reaching critical point

In key garment producing countries such as Cambodia the struggle for a living wage continues, as latest figures from the Asia Floor Wage Alliance show that living wage levels are, on average, three times the minimum wage a garment worker receives.

Cambodian workers, currently receive just USD 100 a month, just 25% of the Asia Floor Wage calculation for Cambodia. In recent months garment workers have been met with increasing violence and unrest as they demand a raise in the minimum wage to USD 160 – still just a fraction of a wage they could live on.

“My expenses are increasing every day,” says Lili, a factory worker from Cambodia. “Even if we [the workers] eat all together in a small room and I collect the money from all others, we still can only spend a very small amount each because everybody always thinks ‘how are we going to be able to send money home to our families?’”

The Clean Clothes Campaign carried out the research to monitor how far policies are being turned into practice by major clothing brands. The role of companies in ensuring a living wage is paid is vital as they have the ability to change prices and purchasing practices that would ensure wages allowed garment workers to live with dignity.

Tailored Wages is part of a global campaign run by Clean Clothes Campaign and partners the Asia Floor Wage Alliance calling on all brands and governments to take action in order to ensure a living wage is paid.

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The Fableists’ Kickstarter Campaign

Last week we told you that we had launched a Kickstarter campaign. We are pleased to report that we are almost one sixth of the way to reaching our goal!Kickstarter screen grab

Thank you so much to all of you who have supported us thus far:

Clarissa Troop, Ruby Griffiths, Kinzcal, James, David Murray, Daf Upsdell, Bill Sewell, Rupert Reynolds-Mac, Alen Balja, Dan Golbourn,Trevor de Jong, Jeremy Green, Jamie Kopas, Frank Lakebrink, Nick Payne, Yanina Barry, Tanupriya Anand, Nigel Martin, Michelle Martin, Paul Cooper, Pat Sloan, Jemma Green, Guy Levin, Angela Nebbe, Christian Holland, Mark Dunn, Emma Russell, Bang TV, Jennie Wadhams, Jack Hammond, Kalpana Peigne, Michael Wiggins, Fabienne Foxe, Ram Madhvani, Freytag Anderson, Rupert Madath, Max Thomas, Geoffrey Upsdell, Lynne Upsdell, Julie Standen, Claire Lever, Michael Davenport.

If we reach our fundraising target, then you can know that you got us off the ground! We really appreciate your support.

We still have a way to go, so please have a look at our page and consider pledging to support us. Our rewards include some amazing discounts off our sustainably made kids clothes – special prices you won’t find anywhere but through Kickstarter!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all of our supporters!

~TheFableists