21 April 2019: Weekly Round-up

In this blog series, I will share the latest resources I use for my work, and in my ethical consumption activism. If you ever have issues getting hold of these materials, just drop me a line and I’ll share mine with you!


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The Fair Trade Movement 20 Years On

The year 2018 marked the 20-year anniversary of Fairtrade U.S., a nonprofit that has risen from obscurity to become a key player within a globally recognized brand. What is the impact of the fair trade movement today, and how might it shape tomorrow’s world?

Notre Dame: backlash

There’s been a lot of backlash from the unfolding news about the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Not least of which is the fact that the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem also experienced a fire, albeit a smaller and less destructive one. And yet this received hardly any coverage.

Climate change activists took to social media with a series of ‘Rebuild This Cathedral’ memes, with Greta Thunberg strengthening the call for more action by governments, especially since €600 million has already been pledged by European millionaires to rebuild the Notre Dame, and yet other sites of crucial significance to all of humanity like the Great Barrier Reef or the Amazon rainforest, still remain unprotected.

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Contemporary Design Africa’ by Tapiwa Matsinde is a great collection of modern, innovative and stylish African design. It covers everything from home decoration to ceramics, lighting, basketry and textiles. There are spotlights on artists Michou Bowls from South Africa. Michou uses traditional water gilding techniques from northern Africa in his handmade ceramic bowls, which imitate the handcarved wooden souvenirs sold in many South African markets. They’re


‘The Vanishing Textiles of Africa’ by Alan Donovan

‘Stella McCartney to launch UN charter for sustainable fashion’ by Jess Cartner-Morley

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Podcast of the Week

Check out the podcast miniseries from 99% Invisible, Articles of Interest. It’s hosted by Avery Trufelman, and each of the six episodes goes into a bit of detail around one specific topic about how clothing has shaped our society. Kids’ clothes, plaid, pockets (my favourite!), Hawaiian shirts, blue jeans and punk style - these are all very US-centric and very 20th century, but it’s an interesting and engaging series. I’ve actually listened to the whole thing twice!