MADE-BY’s Principal Consultant Karin Reimerink, returned last week from Textile Exchange’s three day Sustainability Conference in Istanbul. The annual conference brought together global sustainability stakeholders on topics such as embedding the circular economy, chemical management, sustainable cotton strategies and key sustainability indexes and standards.
MADE-BY’s Senior Consultant, Ariel Kraten has just returned from a week-long trip to Sri Lanka for the fourth edition of the Sri Lanka Design Festival which was founded by the Academy of Design, Sri Lanka’s International Design Campus. The Sri Lanka Design Festival aims to promote the country’s creative and design led industries with a particular focus on the apparel industry and its commitment to sustainability and ethical practices.
MADE-BY were honoured to be in attendance of the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards, held at the Royal Institute of British Architects on the 16th of May. The awards celebrated innovation and impact of various sustainability initiatives run by organisations and businesses with operations within the United Kingdom.
MADE-BY were deeply saddened by the events of April 26th last week when the Rana Plaza building – an eight storey building containing five garment factories collapsed. There was an estimated 3000 workers in the factory at the time of the collapse and over 350 people have died. The garment factories were supplying a range of retailers across Europe including: Primark, Matalan, Mango and Benetton.
Reports of factory fire deaths and injuries have frequently made the headlines over the past few months. These terrible tragedies have attracted international media attention, highlighting the poor state of working conditions in the textile industry in countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan. This all raises the question: with whom does the responsibility lie to initiate improvements in the working conditions of Asian factories?