"Child slave labour in the cotton and fast fashion industry is even more abhorrent, with an estimated 170 million children engaged in child labour, that's 11% of the global population of children" - International labour organisation
One of the biggest and most pressing reasons we choose to use recycled plastic as our eco option is that we have a better understanding of where it comes from, who's involved and how ethically its made. Our Life and Techno Lycra is designed and printed in the UK and then all of our sculpting swim, leisure, party and activewear is made either in our studio in Bristol or by our two lovely ladies in Exeter. We can trace our eco fabrics from the factories in Italy all the way to our cutting table to be made into your fave pair of leggings, more of which you can check out in our Sustainability Ethos.
Modern slavery is still very much apparent throughout the Fashion Industry, specifically in the cotton farming industry. Child slave labour in the cotton and fast fashion industry is even more abhorrent, with an estimated 170 million children engaged in child labour, that's 11% of the global population of children according to the International Labour Organisation.
Because of the complex supply chain of cotton and the sourcing of all new materials, it's extremely difficult to understand how, where and who makes the fabrics that fashion companies are using.
Recently, people of the fashion industry and further have become aware of the horrendous conditions and treatment that goes on in China's forced labour in cotton production. The so-called 're-education' in prison camps of over 1 million people including those from impoverished backgrounds and relatives of convicts is modern-day slavery at its worst and they are subject to the worst conditions possible. Human rights coalition says cotton produced in camps in Xinjiang region finds its way into one in five cotton products worldwide - The Guardian
This forced labour equates to 80% of China's cotton production and China is the world 2nd largest producer of cotton, meaning the clothes in your wardrobe are more than likely to come from these inhumane facilities, you can read more on this here:
UK urged to stop cotton imports made in Chinese 'prison camps' - Reuters
UK government urged to ban import of Chinese cotton ‘made using Uighur Muslim forced labour' - Independent