Did you know that consumers spend £44 billion on clothes each year, or around £1,700 per household. 30% of these clothes have not been worn for a year! Instead of throwing those clothes out, why not revitalise your wardrobe for free and swap them?
On Saturday 25th October from 10.00am – 4.00pm there will be a clothes swap in the Upper Guildhall.
Fashion lovers of Andover are invited to celebrate our love of fashion by bringing along up to 5 items of clothing to swap for different items to take home. Refreshments will be available, and all clothes swappers will be entered into a free raffle.
The clothes swap is part of STOP THE TRAFFIK’s Make Fashion Traffik-Free campaign. STOP THE TRAFFIK is an international organisation which works to disrupt and prevent human trafficking around the world.
The Make Fashion Traffik-Free campaign invites fashion lovers throughout the world to join together; urging retailers to take action to ensure human trafficking is not present in their supply chain.
This is a global campaign with the fashion industry against human trafficking, calling on the public to let their voice be heard. Please join with us as we call for traffik free fashion.
Background about people trafficking in the garment industry
It is a little known fact that 200,000 young women and girls between the ages of 14- 23 are being trafficked into the spinning weaving and dyeing mills of Tamil Nadu, India.
The women and girls are trafficked under the Sumangali scheme*, which is promoted as an ‘apprenticeship’ opportunity to learn new skills and earn a fair wage.
They are fed with false hope and promises of a good job and income and often end up trapped in factories for up to five years.
The women work long hours in dangerous and hostile conditions, often without breaks and very little freedom.
The cotton they weave is sold all over the world. It is likely that it ends up in our local shops and used in many of our favourite brands.
As Fashion Lovers… we should not be satisfied knowing these are the conditions thousands of women live in to make our clothes!
We want you to help us end the Sumangali scheme and join our campaign to… Make Fashion Traffik-Free!
Derrick Norton, Home Groups Co-ordinator for St. Mary’s said “We enjoy meeting in home groups to study the Bible, but what matters is living it out! Human trafficking takes various forms, and we want to encourage ourselves and you to do what we can to make a difference.”
Reverend Canon John Harkin, Vicar of St. Mary’s Church said “Like many people across our nation, Christians at St. Mary’s abhor the criminal and degrading practise of buying and selling other human beings as slaves.”
“This small initiative on a Saturday in our town centre, is a simple example of how we can work together to raise awareness of just one result of trafficking people, that of slave labour in the fashion industry.”
“The clothes swap is part of STOP THE TRAFFIK’s Make Fashion Traffik-Free campaign, so we invite you to join us in playing a small part in helping to stop the sale of people.”
Ruth Dearnley, CEO of STOP THE TRAFFIK commented “Cotton made by these trafficked young women and girls may be in the t-shirt I am wearing today. It may be in the clothes in your wardrobe at home. At the moment we don’t know. Fashion retailers and labels don’t know.
But we can change this. As consumers we have a powerful voice, we can use it to urge companies to change their behaviour so that they can tell us that the clothes we are buying are Traffik-Free.
We hope this campaign will make people take notice and most critically, take action. We want to bolster consumer awareness and change the lives of those working in these factories in India”
“As consumers we have a powerful voice, we can use it to urge companies to change their behaviour so that they can tell us that the clothes we are buying are Traffik-Free.”