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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 […]

What About Migrants And Refugees? The Stark Reality Faced By The World’s Displaced During Covid-19

8 Mins Read As Covid-19 continues its spread across the world, the pandemic will disproportionately affect the world’s most vulnerable populations, among them asylum seekers, refugees, internally displaced peoples and migrant workers. The world must turn its attention to respond to this global crisis in a way that recognises the acute challenges these communities face.  The entire world […]

M&S, Walmart, Mothercare: Brands Called Out By XR Activists For Not Paying Bangladeshi Workers During Pandemic

3 Mins Read XR Fashion Action, a global climate advocacy group calling for a 52-week boycott of new clothing or textile products for the planet, has recently voiced the social injustices that garment workers are now facing from fast fashion giants during the coronavirus pandemic. In their Instagram post, the group highlighted the “humanitarian crisis” that is now […]

Coronavirus Pandemic Will Keep 24 Million People In East Asia In Poverty

3 Mins Read The economic recession from the coronavirus pandemic will stop almost 24 million people from overcoming poverty in East Asia and the Pacific this year, warned the World Bank. In a new report, the World Bank also said that households dependent on industries especially vulnerable to Covid-19 will face “substantially higher” risks, such as tourism, manufacturing […]

World Health Day: Good Health & Wellbeing Amidst A Global Pandemic

5 Mins Read World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on April 7, launched by the World Health Organisation (WHO). World Health Day this year is happening in the middle of the global Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDG) goal of the month for April: Good Health […]

5 Depressing Facts Ahead Of International Women’s Day 2020

2 Mins Read International Women’s Day is internationally observed on the March 8th every year, representing a focal point for women’s rights and is a celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Some people wonder if we need the attention since women have come so far. While we have made progress when it comes […]

Is Your Starbucks Coffee Supplied By Child Labour? Investigation Exposes Giants Including Nespresso

3 Mins Read A new investigation by Channel 4’s current affairs programme Dispatches has revealed that coffee chain giant Starbucks and Nespresso are sourcing their beans from suppliers who are using child labour. The television exposé showed children under 13 working 40-hour weeks in substandard conditions on farms in Guatemala and are being paid a daily wage little […]

UN Human Rights Committee Ruling: Climate Refugees Cannot Be Returned Home

3 Mins Read A landmark ruling by the United Nations human rights committee (OHCHR) has found that it is unlawful for governments to return people back to the countries where their lives were threatened by the climate crisis. The judgement comes as scientists have repeatedly warned that our planet is at a tipping point, and experts are hoping […]

Green Queen 2020 Trend Predictions: Seafood As We Know It Is Dead

2 Mins Read 2020 is the year where seafood as we know it will be dead, primarily due to heightened concerns about not only the environmental impact of consuming fish and other seafood, with health and ethical concerns playing a part too. More people will wake up to the fact that in the midst of our ecological crisis, […]

Environmental & Health Concerns Sparked By Tear Gas Use In Hong Kong

4 Mins Read In recent weeks, Hong Kong residents and visitors have become worried about potential dioxin poisoning, as concerns continue to mount about the effects of an estimated 10,000 rounds of tear gas being fired across the city since June. Prompted by the multiple reports of animal casualties and health complications in children, members of the Hong […]

6 Things To Know Before You Buy A Healing Crystal

5 Mins Read These insta-trendy spiritual stones that promise to connect you to the Earth are in fact shrouded in conflict, human rights abuses and environmental destruction. From contaminating drinking water to disrupting ecosystems and being linked to severe human rights violations, mining crystals is a dirty job. This new-age fad turned billion-dollar industry comes with a hefty […]

The Human Cost Of Fashion: Lululemon Factory Workers Beaten & Assaulted According To Guardian Investigation

4 Mins Read An investigation by the Guardian has revealed that popular upmarket athleisure brand Lululemon are sourcing clothing from a Bangladesh factory where female workers are being beaten and physically assaulted. The Canadian brand has garnered a cult following in the past decade alongside the yoga-centric health and wellness boom, with celebrities donning their leggings and market […]

Green Queen Giving: Grameen Foundation

4 Mins Read We are thrilled to launch our brand new series, Green Queen Giving, where every month we will showcase one of the amazing NGOs or charities that we are proud to list in our Green Queen Guide to Hong Kong. In our inaugural post we talk to Christina Chao, responsible for Development & Marketing at Grameen Foundation’s […]