I'd like to begin this blog with love and gratitude for my beloved grandmother who returned to her maker March 2020.
With my beloved grandmother Shamsun Nisa who returned to her maker during the Six Items Challenge 2020
Thank you for being the strong selfless woman who inspires my soul.
You taught me to live my life with dignity, honesty and compassion.
Miss you and love you always Nani! X
Sabeena at the beach supporting the Six Items Challenge 2020
with Labour Behind The Label, Dubai, UAE
Items 1&2 black embroidered cotton dress and black trousers
Black cotton traditional Pakistani dress purchased by my late mother
(item no 3)
My items of clothing
Clothes for the fashion fast
Hello and Assalaam Alaikum (peace and blessings) everyone,
So here I am for the eighth consecutive year participating in the Six Items Challenge with Labour Behind The Label.
This year the challenge commences 26th February - 9th April 2020.
I have decided to participate and support the Six Items Challenge for the eighth 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.
This does not include under garments or exercise gear. You can wear an endless supply of these. :)
This year I hope to up-cycle some of the clothes my mother purchased for me before she passed away.
It is a long term ambition to design a fairtrade slow fashion collection in memory of my beautiful mother Mrs Meshar Mumtaz Bano and support fair trade certified cotton farmers, sustainable and ethical producers.
My beloved mother was a great advocate for women's empowerment and education.
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.
Fast fashion is a term the fashion industry uses to entice consumers to purchase new trends, products and accessories every six to eight weeks. Some collections can be produced within a 12 day time frame.
Most of the products are cheap, poor quality and mass produced by workers in factories, work shops around the world.
Workers are paid low salaries, endure long hours and work in poor conditions 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
Many factories use hazardous chemicals to dye their fabrics and this water is discharged into rivers and the sea polluting eco systems and depleting fish stocks.
I hope to record vlogs and raise awareness about garment workers over the next coming weeks.
Best regards to all the Six Items Challenge participants.
Love and regards
March 2020 I was admitted to hospital after a few weeks of excruciating pain in my left ovary.
After a CT scan I was told I had a cyst and required urgent surgery.
My cyst was removed 17th March 2020.
My consultant informed me that the cyst had ruptured and had welded itself to my colon and left ovary. He removed the white ruptured cyst cleaned me up, but could not see any signs of Endometriosis or PCOS due to the inflammation.
I was in two minds about attaching photographs of my ruptured cyst and decided not to.
The Clean Clothes Campaign has also launched a campaign for garment workers to be paid.
The poster below states the brands who have made no commitment to pay in full for orders completed and in production.
The Clean Clothes Campaign to urge brands to pay in full for completed orders and those in production
Millions of garment workers around the world are left without income because the global garment supply chains that employ them practically collapsed when the #COVID19 pandemic hit.
The first step for garment companies towards doing the right thing towards workers is pretty easy: just pay for what you ordered in the first place.
Dominique Muller - Labour Behind The Label
In 2015 my Creative Director Helen Barlow Scott and I worked to design The Little Fair Trade Stamps which would be included in the launch of The Little Fair Trade Shop website Quarter 1, 2016.
In this blog I explain what each stamp means and introduce you to a fairtrade producer who has aligned their business to implement and promote a living wage, decent working conditions, transparency and accountability, empowerment, environmental sustainability, dignity and self respect for all.
This is my second year participating in Plastic Free July and due to my three surgeries and Covid-19 I have found the challenge difficult.
The UAE ethical movement is still in its infancy and substitutes for products like reusable/circular feminine hygiene and natural beauty products for acne/sensitive skin are limited.
I hope to continue my plastic/zero waste journey and hope to gradually reduce my consumption of menstrual hygiene and cleaning products and learn how to make my own soap, body wash, bread, conditioner and compost my waste..
It will be a long work in progress, but I'm optimistic.
This is my summary about how I am consciously trying to live a fair trade ethical life.
This blog illustrates the small steps I have taken to live a life free of clutter, materialism and throw away society.
It has been a natural progression from fair trade campaigner, educator and social entrepreneur to ethical consumer.
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