Not all Clothes in Bangladesh are Unethically Made
Bangladesh is one of the biggest clothing manufacturers in the world, but the industry there has long struggled with sub par environmental standards and horrifying working conditions. Here are brands changing that to continue to grow the industry and provide employment while also providing favorable working conditions, fair trade and ethical practices to manufacture these garments.
Bachhara is a fashion label that is determined to serve all women, whether its our producers or our consumers, the well being of all women we work with is at the heart of what we do. We believe that beauty does not come in one colour, shape, age or size and we know that a world full of empowered women who deeply love themselves will be a better world for all. You won’t see any photoshop on our models or our fashion images. We aspire to showcase the diversity of external beauty through our work and celebrate the radiance that shines from within all women.
The Tripty Project fuses traditional handicraft with modern design to create a company that has a positive impact on community, culture and environment while challenging the current model that produces waste and threatens human safety. Join us in this journey as we strive to show the world that an ethical supply chain is within reach. All items are proudly Made in Bangladesh.
Inspired by Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay of India and supported strongly by Begum Sufia Kamal, Ruby Ghuznavi and her colleagues revived natural dyes in Bangladesh in the early ’80s, after a gap of nearly a hundred years. In-depth research and experimentation with the rich repository of dye plants in this country yielded 30 colour fast dyes which are eco-friendly and non- pollutant. Permanent colours were extracted from flowers, leaves, fruit, peel and sawdust by combining them with mordants. In 1990 Aranya was set up to establish the commercial viability of the dyes. Through decades of intensive research and development, Aranya has extended its colour repertoire and refined production techniques to cut down production costs and give its products a competitive edge in the mainstream market within the country and abroad. Aranya is a well-established fair trade organization and a member of WFTO; it is also one of the earliest members of the World Crafts Council from Bangladesh.
In 2004, brothers Raan and Shea Parton founded Apolis with a simple idea that business can create social change. Their travels abroad immersed them in personal stories of struggle and survival and inspired them to create a business model that bridges commerce and economic development. Along with their commitment to global advocacy, they also understand the importance of sourcing and manufacturing locally. Whether it means partnering with manufacturers in Uganda, Peru, Bangladesh, or around the corner in Los Angeles, the Partons have used their model of “advocacy through industry” to empower people to determine their own future.
Founder of SICA, Simone takes as design inspiration damaged and/or discarded textiles to be upcycled by local manufacturers. Her design practice involves sustainable practices from social responsibility, material choice to fair price.
In 2012, Simone moved to Berlin where she could broaden her knowledge to continue developing her label. Since then she has been engaged to social causes in Berlin as well as in India and Bangladesh.
Bhalo (Bengali for’good’) is an Australian ethical fashion label produced in rural Bangladesh that creates limited edition garments using natural hand woven textiles, printing and embroidery. Through our work we explore ideas of communicating process, tempo, skill and test and both the limitations and value of hand-making.
In 2008 Jessica Priemus and Shimul Minhas Uddin met working at a charity in Dhaka. Shimul was the Operations Manager of a Bangladeshi charity and Jess was a designer from Australia looking for a challenge. Together they decided to use their unique experiences and skills to create a label that would support and sustain rural producers and artisans in Bangladesh.
People Tree aims to be 100% Fair Trade throughout our supply chain. People Tree is committed to the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) principles and we guarantee that the majority of our purchasing is Fair Trade. Our Fair Trade products are purchased from economically disadvantaged groups in the developing world.
People Tree actively supports 50 Fair Trade groups in eight developing countries. The majority are development organizations and social businesses working to WFTO standards. Many were founded to deal with a specific crisis or social issue or to empower a particular community. Our Fair Trade partners make everything from handcrafted jewellery to hand knitted jumpers to hand woven dresses. People Tree uses hand skills and slow fashion to strengthen livelihoods and empower over 4,000 artisans and farmers!