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How This Model Agency Is Reshaping Beauty Norms In Fashion

3 Mins Read Founded in 2017, Zebedee Management works with people with disabilities and visible differences, giving them a platform to be seen in the same spotlight on the fashion stage. Proving itself as a trailblazer in what has been dubbed as the Inclusion Revolution in recent years, the agency has given models of all sizes, shapes, skin […]

Report: Climate Change Could Displace Over 1 Billion By 2050

3 Mins Read A new report is warning that climate change could displace more than 1 billion people in the next few decades. The analysis says that countries that are unable to withstand environmental threats will be among the world’s least peaceful regions, driving mass migration that has never been seen before.  Researchers from the Institute for Economics […]

H&M Suspends Staff Over Use Of Racial Slur To Describe Product

3 Mins Read Fashion giant H&M has suspended a number of employees after they used a racial slur in relation to a product to be sold under its & Other Stories brand. The slur, the N-word, was used to describe a hat that will be a part of the coming autumn collection of accessories. It comes as companies […]

Aldi: First Grocery Chain In Australia To Identify Modern Slavery Risks

3 Mins Read Aldi Australia has released its Modern Slavery Statement, making it the first supermarket chain in the country to do so. The report highlighted that the prevalence and risk of modern slavery in the country is higher than previously thought, even in Australia’s local supply chains such as fresh produce.  On Friday (July 31), Aldi Australia […]

Global Fashion Brands Complicit In Uighur Forced Labour, Warns Rights Groups

3 Mins Read Some of the world’s largest fashion houses and retailers are complicit in human rights abuses and forced labour being carried out against the Uighur minority Muslim people in the Xinjiang region of China, says a coalition of human rights organisations. According to the coalition, as many as one in five cotton products sold across the […]

FSC & Fair Trade Labels Under Fire: New Report Says Ethical Certifications May Be Hiding Human Rights Abuses

3 Mins Read A new report conducted by human rights organisation MSI Integrity reveals that ethical labelling and certification schemes may be concealing potential human rights abuses and enable governments to continue to ignore these disreputable business practices. Among some of the labels that the report pointed out include Fairtrade International and the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), which […]

New Study Defies UN Global Population Predictions, Suggest Drastic Drop By 2100 & Warns Reproductive Rights At Risk

3 Mins Read New research suggests that the global population is likely to peak far earlier than originally predicted and begin declining by mid-century. By 2100, the researchers predict that the world population could be as much as 2 billion below current United Nations forecasts. While it will undoubtedly alleviate humanity’s strain on the planet’s resources, such a […]

Would You Drink Dirty Water To Survive? Zimbabweans Struggle With Extreme Drought

5 Mins Read By: Nesia Mhaka Drought has hit Zimbabwe with a vengeance. Water supply to several neighbourhoods is severely limited, while people in the countryside scramble for resources. Meanwhile, in a Harare suburb, residents have resorted to unsafe water for survival. The scorching sun makes it impossible for elderly people like Mrs Sheila Mushaikwa to see into the distance. She […]

Zalando, ASOS & Next Drop Boohoo Over Factory Exploitation Allegations

3 Mins Read Fashion retail giants Next, Zalando and ASOS have just pulled fast fashion brand Boohoo off their sites after allegations of worker’s exploitation, low pay and hazardous working conditions at the company’s supplier factory in Leicester in the United Kingdom. An official investigation has now been launched by the Boohoo and is yet another blow to […]

The Cost Of Environmental Activism For Indigenous Protesters? Death

3 Mins Read By: Rachel Ramirez  Adán Vez Lira, a prominent defender of an ecological reserve in Mexico, was shot while riding his motorcycle in April. Four years earlier, the renowned activist Berta Cáceres was shot dead in her home in Honduras by assailants taking direction from executives responsible for a dam she had opposed. Four years before that, Cambodian forest and land […]

World Environment Day: 10 Women POC Planet Activists To Celebrate Everyday

6 Mins Read This year, we are celebrating World Environment Day by spotlighting female persons of colour who are leading the fight to save our planet. From campaigning to end deforestation to protecting wildlife species, combating rising global emissions and telling the stories of environmental injustice, these women are at the forefront of the global battle against the […]

George Floyd Death: Climate Activists Promise To Address Rampant Racial Justice

9 Mins Read By: Ilana Cohen, Evelyn Nieves, Judy Fahys, Marianne Lavelle, James Bruggers Friends of the Earth tweeted #BlackLivesMatter, and the head of the NRDC promised “to be fully and visibly committed to the fight against systemic racism.” When New York Communities for Change helped lead a demonstration of 500 on Monday in Brooklyn to protest George […]

Vietnam: Garment Workers’ Lose Income As Covid-19 Decimates Fashion Orders

3 Mins Read Vietnam’s significant textile industry is battling the sudden drop in orders due to vanished demand as a result of the coronavirus, which could mean the loss of vital incomes for the country’s garment makers. Vinatex, one of the largest corporations in Vietnam, says that as many as 50,000 workers could be furloughed as a result […]

UN: Pandemic Will Push 34 Million People Into Extreme Poverty In 2020

4 Mins Read The United Nations’ mid-year update, the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report, expects that the coronavirus pandemic will drive more than 34 million people into extreme poverty. Highlighting that the crisis will exacerbate existing poverty and inequality, the UN says that strong global cooperation will be critical to both contain the pandemic in the […]