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Out now! Fashion Revolution Day’s education packs & quiz

This year we’ve been involved in creating the content for Fashion Revolution Day’s education packs (including its quiz and trump card game). If you are teaching fashion ethics/geographies/activism on or around the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse on 24 April, they contain a variety of ways to creatively engage students in the controversial issues raised. Click the images for more.

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Where did you get those jeans? Be Curious. Find Out. Do Something.

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 17.03.09Last year, Ian became the Education lead for Fashion Revolution Day. He has been working with Nikki Mattei to produce FRD education materials for Primary and Secondary schools, Further Education colleges and Universities in time for the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse on 24 April. These will be published later this month but, as a taster, he has written a blog post on FRD’s approach to education on the European Year for Development’s website. Its starts:

In the summer of 2011, we asked people visiting the Eden Project in Cornwall, England to write postcards. The architecture of its biodomes, the placement of plants within them, and the signs and activities explaining their cultivation and use are designed to educate visitors about the plants from which many everyday things are made. We stopped passers-by to ask if they had anything on them that was made from the plants they’d seen. Typically, people would mention their clothes or shoes. So we asked them to imagine someone whose job it had been to pick their cotton or tap their rubber. What they would say to that person if they had the chance? We asked them to write this down on a postcard. Almost everyone wrote ‘thank you’ notes. It’s surprising how many people say that they’ve never thought about this before. But, for some, writing a postcard can be a tipping point, the beginning of a process in which curiosity leads to research, which leads to action. Click for more

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‘Love At First Bite – The Ad Doritos Don’t Want You to See’

‘That sound when you bite down on Doritos? That’s the sound of rainforests being “crunched” to make way for massive palm oil plantations in Southeast Asia. Workers, and even children, are trapped in modern slavery on the plantations. Forests and peatlands are burned to the ground, driving endangered species like orangutans to extinction and polluting the Earth’s atmosphere with gigatons of greenhouse gases — all to make palm oil. ‘

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Where presents come from: Santa knows!

Dear followthethings.com shopper

We have been doing some Christmas ‘shopping’ (see definitions 11 and 12 of this glorious verb here) and have some recommendations for you: 3 unmissable Christmas movies and a Christmas list.

If you have one of our shopocalypse bags, please take it to town with you this month, and send us photos of its contents. Its ladybirds are Santa’s little helpers. They know everything about world trade.

Festive feelings

Ian et al.

Our Christmas movies

a) Xmas unwrapped (2014)

Where’s this from? See here.

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followthethings.com awards for 2014 (part 1)

Yes, it’s that time of the year. Our annual awards ceremony. Lego Daniel Radcliffe hosted the awards last year. This year he refused, so we’re doing it on the cheap. A huge thanks to everyone who contributed to our project this year, and to those who asked us to take part in their projects. 

Watch out for more awards over the next week. We start with the…

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1. The first ever pacemaker to speak for itself (student coursework, 51 facebook likes: new in 2014)

2=.  Cries for help found in Primark clothes (a.k.a. ‘labelgate’) (activist stunt, 29 likes: new in 2014)

2=.  Bananas!* (documentary film, 29 likes: added 2011)

4. Mardi Gras: Made in China (documentary film, 19 likes: added 2013)

5. McLibel (documentary film, 18 likes: added 2013)

Detective work: ethical jeans for under £50?

More student detective work from the Fashion Ethics Grand Challenge

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On Monday June 2nd, our Detective Work team promised to answer ethical fashion questions asked by passersby in Exeter’s Guildhall Shopping Centre. This is the third of five questions they tried to answer. Each one took all week to research, but they are worth waiting for.

This question was asked by Matthew, who visited us in our shop. Detective Josh was on the case…

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The ethics of jean production

“Ethical fashion includes clothes whose makers seek to address at least one (but usually more) of the issues involved in fashion today,” issues such how the environment, humans and animals are impacting by the production process (Anon, nd h).

Here are some environmental and social issues involved in the production of jeans which ethical clothing companies try to address…

Environmental issues

Making jeans is incredibly resource intensive: consuming much energy and water to produce.

Producing cotton requires lots of water, and the…

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Detective work: chasing Carry’s coat.

Another great example of Detective Work from last week’s Fashion Ethics Challenge in Exeter. All you need is a label to start with…

Grand Challenge

On Monday June 2nd, our Detective Work team promised to answer ethical fashion questions asked by passersby in Exeter’s Guildhall Shopping Centre. This is the second of four questions they tried to answer. Each one took all week to research, but they are worth waiting for.

This question was asked by one of our visiting fashion experts, Carry Somers. She wanted us to trace the story of the vintage housecoat that she was wearing.  All we had to go on was the label. What we found made us think it should be exhibited in a museum of outsourcing. You’ll see why.

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Carry Somers, the founder of Fashion Revolution Day, asked us to research her vintage coat made by Elinor Simmons for Malcolm Starr, which she believed to be from the 1960s/1970s. Why was it ‘Made in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong’?

The son of Claire and Frank Starr, a costume designer and…

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Detective work: how can Guildhall uniforms be more ethical?

Another fantastic piece of student work from last week’s ‘Fashion ethics after the Rana Plaza collapse’.

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Day 1_Detectives The labels inside the Guildhall Shopping Centre uniforms.

On Monday June 2nd, our Detective Work team promised to answer ethical fashion questions asked by passersby in Exeter’s Guildhall Shopping Centre. This is the first of four answers. They took all week to research, but they are worth waiting for.

The first question was asked by Sheryel Ashwell, the manager of the Centre. Here’s their answer. It’s not as straightforward as you’d expect… but there’s a reason for that. 

Researching the Guildhall Shopping Centre workwear 

When Sheryel came to see us in the ‘Talking Clothes’ shop, she bought with her a Fruit of the Loom polo shirt, an Arco Trojan Breathable Polo Shirt, a Beechfield Suprafleece ski hat and a pair of Absolute Apparel Cargo Trousers. All…

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