One thing I admire about fashion is its ability to look at its practices and make change. One, thing fashion does is hold themselves accountable for the atrocities of their manufacturing process, fashion does look in the mirror and effect its own change.
Take Gap for example and their CEO Alex Peck
Frankly, I’m not satisfied with where the apparel industry, including Gap Inc., is today on a variety of social and environmental issues. Many times, creating change feels frustratingly slow. Yet change is more urgent now than ever, for all of us. We face global challenges that require collective action. People everywhere rely on vital resources like water to live; our company, too, can’t survive without a healthy environment. Likewise, we know that we can only thrive in a world in which all people have the chance to do the same. This sense of connection is what encourages me that change is not just possible, but imperative – our futures are tied together, and we can’t afford not to act.
The quote is taken from an article on mindbody green
So, deep down in me there has always had me thinking in regards to jewellery, why are we not so transparent and why are we, not so willing to expose the industry and why isn’t the consumer more aware of the jewellery manufacturing process.
Trust me I feel a little over whelmed by everything and what I hope to achieve in the next 10 years, but if I don’t have ideas that scare me, what’s the point. (I’m not sure where the quote comes from)
But recently I haven been listening to talks by a lady called Fannie Lou Hamer. Hamer was one of the many women that played a major role in the civil rights movement, who hasn’t been acknowledged by history. But that is a topic for another day.
While listening to her talks, they moved me so much so it made me sad, some times I’m just too emotional. 😂 She believed in rights for all, intergration, fairness and love. Her speeches are so powerful, that president Johnson stopped her from speaking. But while I was listening through her speeches she mentioned Angola and gold mining. I was taken back because it’s jewellery and what’s that got to do with anything in civil and human rights?
We will soon see…