Currently, there are more than 56 million people around the world who have been displaced from their native homes by conflict, violence and even persecution; the United Nations issues a statement saying that this number is higher than in WWII.
According to Unicef, there are 2.7 million registered Syrian refugees, from which approximately half of them are children. Roughly 80% of children refugees work in sweatshops, meaning that they don’t receive any kind of education.
The majority of refugees don’t have works permits, meaning that most of them will work illegally in the garment industry as a method for survival.
Some refugees will get paid a little over 1 an hour, in environments in which they don’t get treated appropriately because they don’t have any rights in their working place.
Women in War Zones:
Women take the hardest hit during the time of wars. Often they are sold as child brides, raped and abused, trafficked for the sex trade and household services, and forced into polygamous marriages -as an best case scenario for survival-.
In the scenarios, women are often abused, raped, introduced into sex trade industry or household services, sold as child brides and, in some cases forced into polygamous marriages.
fashion contribution to income
inequality and global poverty
The fashion industry is a multi-billion business, as well as an important part of the economic globalization.
A high percentage of factory workers are women, and the majority of the clothes they make are mainly for export.
Deloitte Access Economics for Oxfam conducted a new research, in which they reveal that just 4% of the price of a piece of clothing is estimated to make it back to the pockets of workers; that is just 40 cents from to $ 10 T-shirt.
In countries where wages are extremely low, such as Bangladesh, and average of just 2% of the price someone pays for a piece of clothing goes back towards factory wages.
Our mission is to provide refugees with a safe work environments, to guarantee they have the necessary means and income to have a prosperous and flourishing way of life.
Current Employees: 50 workers.
Goal is 500,000 workers.
PREVENTING WASTAGE AND POLLUTION CAUSED BY OVERPRODUCTION.
Have you ever heard of Waste Couture? It’s the environmental impact of the clothing industry.
Fashion leaves a pollution footprint and lots of environmental and occupational hazards.
Let’s take polyester as an example; Polyester, which is one of the most widely used manufactured fibers, is made from petroleum. The demand for polyester has doubled in the last 15 years.
In order to produce the polyester, you need large amounts of crude oil and thousands of liters of water; in the process, there will be a release of emissions and acid gases such as hydrogen chloride.
These type of effects on the environment doesn’t stop in the making of these products; when polyester garments are washed in domestic washing machines, they start to shed microfibers, making and addition of plastic in our oceans.