Six Items Challenge 2017
Hello and Assalaam Alaikum (peace and blessings) everyone, Thanks for dropping by.
So here I am for the sixth consecutive year participating in the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label.
This year the challenge commences 1 March - 12 April 2017.
Six Items Challenge 2017
For those interested I have also attached links to the Six Items Challenges 2016 and 2012 - 2015.
VLOGS - the Six Items Challenge 2017
WEEK 6 - 5th April 2017
WEEK 5 - 29th March 2017
WEEK 4 - 22nd March 2017
WEEK 3 - 15th March 2017
WEEK 2 - 8th March 2017
I conducted a photoshoot Sunday, many thanks to my dear friend Mrs Saima Tahqiq for being a super star and applying my Odylique vegan, organic make up.
My six items of clothing
Sparkle, sparkle and totally not me.
Hand embroidered Balochi kurta designed by
Yasmeen who I interviewed below.
I interviewed Yasmeen at the Ra'ana Liaquat Craftmans Colony, Karachi, Pakistan during March 2015. Yasmeen is originally from Balochistan and is determined to raise the profile of Balochi traditional embroidery. I am honoured to support her and her business.
Yasmeen - entrepreneur, designer and advocate
Interview with Yasmeen at the RLCC, Karachi, Pakistan
A wonderful and inspirational interview with Yasmeen about her work, designing and home life
Odylique vegan, organic and fairtrade make up
WEEK 1 - 1 March 2017...
Why I'm here?
I have decided to participate and support the Six Items Challenge for the sixth year because I started to campaign for garment and factory workers while caring for my mother who had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
The six items challenge means I choose six items of clothing to wear for six weeks. Don't worry! This does not include under garments or exercise gear. You can wear an endless supply of these. :)
For my challenge I've decided to wear one glamourous outfit as prescribed by my mother, a plainer everyday cotton Pakistani traditional costume and a hand embroidered cotton kameez (long blouse) and trousers designed and created by a young lady called Yasmeen.
This year I hope to design a clothes range in memory of my beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano and support fair trade certified cotton farmers and ethical producers.
It's been a difficult 9 months grieving for MUM.
I believe she would have been happy and proud of me to continue my campaigning for the millions of countless individuals producing clothes and accessories in factories and workshops around the world.
Hopefully by the end of the Six Week Challenge I would have educated a few people and raised a few pounds/dirhams.
What is fast fashion?
Fast fashion is a term the fashion industry uses to entice consumers to purchase new trends, products and accessories every six to eight weeks.
Most of the products are cheap, poor quality and mass produced by workers in sweat shops around the world.
Workers in many cases are under age children who endure long hours to support their families.
Many are as young as 14 are the only bread winners and often forfeit the chance of a decent education and future.
Photographs and What ''YOU'' can do?
Many thanks to Mrs Saima Tahqiq for taking my photographs.
My glamourous outfit
This beautiful zardozi wire work and crystal beads outfit in the photograph above was chosen by my late mother for me to wear at a cousins wedding. For MUM!
I believe global goal 10 is so important for all women garment workers around the world.
Natascia Radice supports Global Goal 10 #ReducedInequalities!
My Gold Tattoos
Afternoon tea with Nadiya Hussain coincided with the challenge
Afternoon Tea and Book Signing with Nadiya Hussain
Many thanks to my sister in Manchester for donating to a generous amount this week.
What can ''YOU'' do?
Every little helps and your donation will provide Labour Behind The Label the opportunity to raise awareness about the rights of factory workers and improve their wages and working conditions.
A Living Wage is a Human Right.
To read more about Labour Behind The Label and their campaigns please click on the link below.
If you feel inspired, sign up and take the challenge with me.
Helen Barlow Scott and Sabeena Ahmed
WHEN YOU'RE OUT AND ABOUT BEING ETHICAL IS SO EASY
With the help of my creative director Helen we've created a little reminder of how easy it is to support fairtrade producers and be ethical at the same time.
We hope you will find it useful.
TOP 10 TIPS TO FAIR TRADE AND ETHICAL SHOPPING
1. Seek Fairtrade, organic, slave free and eco friendly labels.
2. Support socially conscious brands.
3. Buy only what you love and be selective
and ask 'Who made my clothes?'
'Do I really need to buy it?'
4. Do your research if you can't see where the product is made the company does not want to know.
5. Think beyond the end result where did the sourcing happen and what is product made of?
6. Reduce waste by avoiding disposable products.
7. Shop locally and support independent designers and boutiques.
8. Shop vintage and upcycled for truly unique products.
9. Speak up - ask designers and shops where their products are made.
10. Make it yourself and impress your friends with your new found skills.
HAPPY SHOPPING, SEWING AND CRAFTING! :)
More Questions we all need to ask ourselves...
Think twice when out and about conducting that much needed retail therapy.
Do you really need that skirt, blouse, dress, shoes, bags?
Could you purchase an ethical alternative that supports artisans, doesn't exploit animals and protects the environment?
IF the answers are yes than find out where the shops are in your local area.
Do you have a creative streak?
Why not upcycle that old blouse, dress or jacket you just can't throw away. Take up sewing or enrol on a fashion design course at your local college maybe even invite a friend or two.
Alternatively, if like me you like a good bargain, how about walking down to your local charity shop, visit your local car boot sale or donate your clothing to organisations who support millions without adequate clothing.
A recent survey indicated that American consumers throw away 68 pounds of clothing in their lifetime. Clothes and accessories that take years to decompose in landfills.
Why not host ''The True Cost'' a documentary showcasing fast fashion and the treatment of garment workers around the world and organise a clothes swap.
Start today...inspire others and be an ethical conscious consumer, support garment workers, fairtrade and ethical producers receive a decent living wage and good working conditions.
Thank you for reading.
Warmest regards and love
Further Reading and Links
To learn more about how your fashion choices can make a difference please click on the links and articles below.
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This December I was privileged and honoured to participate at the Swiss Business Council for the second time.
Many thanks to Ms Charoline Engel, Claudine and her team for organising another successful market.
It was lovely to finally meet the team from the Women's World Project, Manchester in association with The Pankhurst Centre.
I had a lovely afternoon meeting strong willed, ambitious, beautiful women.
During my visit to my home city of Manchester I attended the North West Regional Fair Trade Conference.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable intensive day and I was exhausted by its end and had to rest my poor shoulder.
Many thanks to Chrisi, Adam and the Fairtrade Foundation team for organising this event.
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