Katharine Hamnett’s Ethical Cotton Campaign

by , 02/25/07

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Katharine Hamnett has teamed up with supermodel Lily Cole to fight child labour in the fashion industry. “Save the Future” is the slogan written on a limited edition T-shirt designed by Hamnett and modelled by Cole. The vest is part of Hamnett’s “Cotton Campaign”, which not only features an environmentally-aware jewellery range, but also aims to educate people of the humanitarian ills that occur all over the world in the clothing industry.

Always at the forefront of political and eco-debates, the designer is teaming up with the Environmental Justice Foundation in a bid to establish EU Regulations to stop the import of cotton made from child labour. Launching her crusade during London Fashion Week, Hamnett’s jewellery pieces, which are named after Greek Gods and Goddesses, are wedding and eternity rings made from the only source of sustainable mined gold and conflict-free diamonds.

Via British Vogue

Addendum: I received this information from Larissa Clark at the Environmental Justice Foundation.

The Save the Future t-shirt was designed by Katharine exclusively for the Environmental Justice Foundation’s ‘cotton campaign’. Lily Cole is a supporter of the Environmental Justice Foundation and has been for a year or so and she volunteered to model the t-shirt for us. EJF’s cotton campaign which launched in December 2005 aims to bring an end to the human rights and environmental abuses associated with global cotton production, Katharine pledged her support to help in 2006.

Also, if you could credit the middle photo to EJF and the photo of Lily to Matthew Eades.

If people want to know more about the campaign and what they can do they can visit www.ejfoundation.org/cotton where they can also get hold of one of the t-shirts!

Larissa Clark
Marketing and PR Manager

Environmental Justice Foundation

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1 Comment

  1. Aracha February 27, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    What is worse between GMO Cotton from developed country and Natural Cotton from child labour ? I’m agree that child labour must be banned but on the other hand, they dont have any work for earning money. It is because the GMO Cotton that your wear are attaching the cotton in many developing and poor country. It leads the pressure on cotton pricing and for sure…the lower wages for the labours. Then more people in the family have to work to earn only for the same amount. It is quite happy to see wear and feel good right? But I’ like to inform you that most of the problem come from misunderstand of western point of view… Anyway, I’m impress on this action and also other movement in environmental issues and hope we will share for more

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