There’s a lot of discussion about the social and economic impact of Black Friday and the holiday shopping rush. Last year, Americans spent over $1 trillion buying holiday gifts. But what if even a fraction of that holiday spending could also reduce poverty, promote human rights, fight climate change, and make the world better?
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Editor’s Note: Free the Slaves is honored this month to highlight the investigative reporting of journalist Ian Urbina of the New York Times, creator of The Outlaw Ocean Project. His award-winning series first appeared in the Times in 2015. For the past four years, he’s been digging deeper about lawlessness at sea and at ports – including widespread human trafficking in the fishing industry. Watch for his dispatches and videos throughout August read more >
Sustainable fashion activist Amy DuFault is worried these days. Worried that the word feminist – and all it stands for – is under assault. That’s why she’s designed a new way to stand-up for women’s rights, loud and proud.
For International Women’s Day, Amy and TS Designs are teaming up to offer a limited-edition, 100 percent slavery-free T-shirt that is certain to be a conversation starter. The online store at TS Designs is read more >
It’s the busiest shopping time of the year. We’re all familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We’d like to introduce you to a different online opportunity: Shop for good Sunday.
Free the Slaves and other groups have teamed up with our partners at DoneGood to create a special online holiday shopping day. By using your purchasing power to support brands that do good for people, animals, and the planet, you can create a meaningful difference in the world.
You can participate read more >
I am a descendant of slaves. Some of my ancestors were from Malaysia and Indonesia, brought to South Africa to work in the port of Cape Town.
It always surprises Americans when I tell them that people were brought to Africa more than a century ago and enslaved.
Recently, I was the one who was surprised. I had the honor of producing the new Free the Slaves video, “Don’t Buy into Slavery.”
I was amazed to see the haunting images read more >
Free the Slaves is proud to announce that renowned labor and employment lawyer Aaron Halegua will be joining our Fashion for Freedom Event in New York this coming Saturday, July 28! Learn more about our impressive panelist below:
“It is important to raise awareness about the abusive labor conditions and existence of forced labor in some of the global supply chains that make our electronics, clothing, footwear, and other goods. Global brands have significant power to curb these abuses.”
That’s read more >
Free the Slaves is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2018 Fashion for Freedom Award: Flor Molina, a survivor of modern slavery in Los Angeles who has become a champion for trafficking victims and survivor protection. Her inspiring journey from sweatshop slavery to human rights activist and White House adviser embodies exceptional dedication and impact.
The Fashion for Freedom Award was created by Free the Slaves to honor changemakers working on the intersection of ethical fashion and slavery eradication. It read more >
Countless friends and family ask me: “How can I tell if a company is using sustainable practices when I shop?”
Let’s face it, the 40 hour workweek is a thing of the past for most people. And, who wants to spend their spare time researching corporate supply chains when they need a new pair of sneakers?
Scott Jacobsen, co-founder of DoneGood and his team are with you!
“We want to make it easy for consumers,” Jacobsen says. “Finding ethically-minded companies and designers read more >
Fashion trends at affordable costs: it attracts consumers, but what about the workers who make the clothes? While shoppers browse the aisles of big-brand on-trend clothing, millions are enslaved around the world in big-brand supply chains.
That’s why Free the Slaves has established the Fashion for Freedom Campaign. Our supporters are eager to take action beyond making a donation. This year we’re hosting an exciting and exclusive event read more >
Being fashionable is easier today than ever. Companies produce clothing at an alarmingly fast rate for little cost to the consumer. The traditional four season cycle of fashion has expanded to new fashion lines being released monthly, giving rise to the fast fashion industry.
How can clothing be so cheap and readily available? Well, like all things, nothing comes without a cost, and while consumers of fast fashion may not see this cost in stores, there is growing concern and awareness read more >