Life+Style+Justice is a resource for stylish, sustainable living with an emphasis on social justice. I believe in the concept of "everyday justice"- that normal, everyday actions can affect change in the areas the world needs it most.
Fashion and Women’s rights can not be separated from one another. As women’s rights activists, we talk about wage inequality between men and women. Did you know that garment workers are among lowest paid workers in the world? And roughly 85% of them are women?
A reader recently asked about the products that I use on a regular basis: shampoo, makeup, etc. I thought I'd whip together a quick post sharing my sources for the everyday items that help me in my zero-waste aspiring and ethics-driven daily routine! You'll notice that my routine isn't perfect, yet (see the paragraph about makeup at the bottom of this post), and I've purchased many of the things that I use every day from *gasp* Amazon.com. This is what is currently working out for me, with limited time, a very limited budget, and without good access to brick and mortar stores that sell the items I need (not all of us live next to the Package Free Shop in NYC!).
I spoke with the team at Cable and Cotton to learn a bit more about how their operation is set up. I was impressed to learn that the company guarantees year-round income for their workers (unlike many fair trade cooperatives where artisans only get paid regularly if there is enough demand/overseas orders for their goods), and has an insurance policy of sorts set up to make sure that workers receive payment even if they are unable to work for a period of time.