Towards Right Livelihood

My life as a sweatshop worker

A Canadian journalist spent time undercover working in a Bangladeshi sweatshop and recently published her experience in The Toronto Star. Raveena Aulakh reports that she was trained by a nine year old who was one of a group of children... Continue Reading →


90% of Australian Clothes likely use child labour

This is the startling headline reporting on the findings of a new report which investigated the practices of over 128 Australian clothing labels. The news is not good. "The report found that only 12% of companies received an A rating... Continue Reading →

Buttons the Cat Goes to Work

The lost art of sewing

After scouring the internet and op shops for ethically sources baby clothes for my 23 month old son (hereafter titled 'bumblebee'), I have realised that it's time I reacquainted myself with the lost art of sewing. You CAN find ethical... Continue Reading →

Fashion Victims

The ABC's Four Corners program did an excellent job of telling the story of Fast Fashion and the dangers that come from it.

China Blue

The catalyst for me deciding that I needed to stop buying sweatshop made clothing was a documentary called 'China Blue'. Seen through the eyes of one young worker, this doco takes you inside the factories to see the reality of... Continue Reading →

Enough clothes

Given that most of the clothes for sale in shops in my city can be traced back to sweatshops, it's a fair bet that I won't be buying much of anything in 2011. I'm not really a big shopper, but... Continue Reading →

My Dunlop Volleys died

My two year old Dunlop Volleys finally died. Multiple holes that couldn't be repaired. Thus the search began for a replacement pair of a similiar style that aren't made in sweatshops. Dunlop volleys are owned by Pacific Brands, a massive... Continue Reading →

Indy Twilight Markets

Last night we went to the Indy Twilight Markets held in Brisbane City. It was packed! Evidently, the artisans had to submit samples of their work to be accepted, because the quality and originality of the stuff on offer was... Continue Reading →

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