Yesterday was the Fashion Revolution ‘Who Made Your Clothes?’ event, which had us wearing our tops inside out to spread the message that there needs to be better transparency about where and how clothes are made. This got me thinking about sustainable eco-fashion in the word of band t-shirts.
I’m working on a big project at the moment, and wanted to have some t-shirts made. I didn’t think twice about making sure the t-shirts I used were organic/ fair trade etc.
This part of the process wasn’t difficult for me because all the t-shirts used by Little Canyon Printworks, a local small business based at Newbridge Works by the train station, in Wirksworth, are all organic and fair trade.
But in the music trade, outside the borders of Wirksworth, is it as easy? I had a closer look at a few of my fave t-shirts and found something exciting.
Drenge are a band from Castleton, Derbyshire! I found on the label of their t-shirt I owned had a link to fairwear.org. This is an organisation that keeps a close eye on over 80 companies that represent brands, and the way their clothing is made. Have a look at their website they’ve even got a suspended list!
‘Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers.’
A few years ago I bought a t-shirt after a fantastic gig by Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra and the Tra La La Band at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. I’d never thought to look at the label, but as the band have a good outlook on the world, I wasn’t surprised to see that they also used Fair Wear Foundation approved clothing, and that the shirt was made of naturally sustainable bamboo.
Like I needed a reason to like these bands even more than I do already
Here is one of my favourite tracks have a listen!