Major Australian retailers have faced claims that sweatshop workers in Bangladesh have suffered physical and verbal abuse, and Audrey Blue is calling on Australians to seek out ethical alternatives.
Audrey Blue Fashion Director, Hannah Parris, said last night’s Four Corner’s story was a bleak reminder for all of us to look at fashion through a more critical lens.
“The fact that Australian retailers recently signed an agreement to improve worker conditions in Bangladesh shows the current system is not working,” said Hannah Parris.
“Audrey Blue is the first (and sadly only) Australian women’s clothing label who has secured the highest international order of clothing and textiles certification. It’s called GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and we are also FLO (Fairtrade International) certified. Next month we’re releasing Australia’s first GOTS certified women’s business shirts and first GOTS certified women’s underwear,” said Hannah Parris.
Parris claimed that Australian consumers were becoming increasingly ashamed as more revelations appear in the media regarding the horrific impacts of the global fashion industry’s commonplace textile manufacturing processes.
“Audrey Blue is a response to that feeling of disillusionment with unethical mass production techniques. We want other fashion labels to join us and to go GOTS!” Said Hannah Parris.
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