What The Eff Is FairWear?! – revoltinggirls.com

What The Eff Is FairWear?!


Since our little kinda relaunch a while ago, you'll have (hopefully) noticed me harping on about the fact that our tshirts, bags and pouches are now:
  • Made of 100% organic brushed cotton, making them SUPER soft and excellent quality. Mine have been through the wash loads, and are still great
  • Vegan friendly, so no animals were killed or harmed
  • FairWear certified
I'm sure you get the first two, but your crinkled brow suggests you're thinking..."what the eff is FairWear?"
Well, my friend...
The Fair Wear Foundation is an organisation, based in Amsterdam, who work their arses off with brands, garment workers and industry influencers to improve conditions in garment producing factories.
With the UN's Declaration of Human Rights and International Labour Organisations Conventions at their core, the Fair Wear Foundation devised eight standards which they believe need to be met in order for a workplace to be deemed as acceptable:
  1. Employment is freely chosen
  2. There is no discrimination in employment
  3. No exploitation of child labour
  4. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
  5. Payment of living wage
  6. Reasonable hours of work
  7. Safe and healthy working conditions
  8. Legally binding employment relationships
In order to become 'FairWear Certified', just as the tshirts, bags and pouches we print on are, a garment manufacturer must meet, and prove they meet, ALL of those standards.
So there you go, that's what FairWear actually means and I am SO PROUD to be using garments that are created in this way.
Something that does really bother me though...
Don't all of these standards just seem, well, obvious?!
Like, how bad can conditions in other factories be if these standards are being held up as a real achievement?!
It's certainly made me more aware of where my clothes are coming from, and the conditions they're produce in.

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