Ethical fashion makes mainstream news during #FashRev Week

Fashion Revolution Week 2016
Poster via Fashion Revolution Week 
It's hard not to get excited about the traction of this year's Fashion Revolution Week.

Oxfam chose this year's event to release the results of their survey on the fashion industry in Australia - and it received some great mainstream media coverage too.

The best finding from my perspective was that almost half the respondents said they were happy to pay more for clothing if they knew it was ethically made.

The amount differs on how much people would be willing to pay - but it's a shift in the right direction!

21% of respondents were happy to pay more than $10 extra for ethical clothing.

30% were happy to pay between $5 and $10 extra for peace of mind when it came to ethical manufacturing.

Almost 50% would pay between $2 and $5 more.

Patagonia scored an A in Baptist World Aid Australia's report
- no surprises there! Image via Patagonia Aus Instagram
The numbers can seem a little dismal, but I am determined to put a happy spin on things - the Oxfam report also showed that four out of 12 major fashion retailers in Australia had taken action to ensure the transparency of their supply chains.

Oxfam criticised brands like Cotton On, Best & Less and the Just Group (owner of Just Jeans and Peter Alexander) for withholding the names and locations of their factories.

But four of 12 taking action - it's better than none! 

You can read the Oxfam report, Still in the dark here

Baptist World Aid Australia, who are working to end poverty, also released their 2016 Australian Fashion Report: THE TRUTH BEHIND THE BARCODE this week, ranking 87 fashion companies on their ethical credentials.

On an A to F scale, the median result was a C+, but it's worth mentioning the brands that scored in the A range!

Adidas Group (Adidas, Reebok)
Inditex (parent company of Zara)
Patagonia (these guys are true leaders in ethical and sustainable apparel)

Mighty Good Undies, part of Audrey Blue,
ranked in the A range. Image via Audrey Blue
Check out some of the media coverage from this week:

Oroton, Pumpkin Patch and Lorna Jane shamed for low transparency of supply chains - Brisbane Times (Fairfax)

Aussies willing to pay more for 'ethical' clothing - SBS


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