How can I take action?
While primary responsibility for ethical production sits with companies, people can play a role in helping shift industry practice—and broader systems impacting workers and the environment—by engaging in the ethical fashion movement. To catalyse this shift, people must let companies and governments know we value the way workers and the environment are treated. You can partake in this movement in a variety of ways, and beyond this, assess your own consumption habits to reduce your impact.
A few actions you can take right now is by committing to living by the 5 Rs: Reduce, Re-Wear, Repair, Re-Home, and Raise Your Voice! Read the end of the article for more detail on each of these.
Advocating for fashion industry workers through raising your voice is more important than ever. Email, comment and tag the change you want to see. Put constructive pressure on companies to better protect workers and the environment using our email and dm templates or comment on your favourite shoe brands social channels. Have conversations with your family and friends about why ethical fashion is important and speak out to government through supporting laws that mandate change for workers and the environment, such as the New Zealand Modern Slavery Act.
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