Monthly Archives: May 2013

Why Fair Trade?

The collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh on 24th April claimed 380 lives, according to the latest estimates.

Do the consumers in our society really want people in poor countries to work themselves to death just so we can save a couple bucks on a shirt.  The workers in Bangladesh knew the building was dangerous as large cracks appeared in the walls the day before.  Yet they risked their lives because a missed day of wages meant a missed day of food.  Is Fair Trade important?  It certainly is to the families that lost their loved ones in this tragic event and it should be to you too.

Does Fair trade really make a make a difference?

Fair Trade was developed more than forty years ago to create a sustainable economy for disadvantaged communities. The supply chain is transparent and often certified by a third-party such as The Fairtrade Federation.  A fair-trade label also ensures that workers receive living wages, fair working conditions, and that companies reinvest back in their community through education and other facilities.  Yes, this does increase the cost of production but it’s a small price to pay to insure that people are not being abused by our society’s want of cheap garments.

More designers are thinking about sustainability, how their clothes are made and where their materials are from.  Compared to large stores, small brands like The Fairies Pyjamas really have a far better sense of how their products are made and the condition of the factories where they were made in.

 A million voices for safe factories in Bangladesh.

Sign this petition and take action to get fashion giants H&M and GAP to sign a binding agreement for safer factories in Bangladesh. Let’s spread this widely so a million people sign this week. Send the email below to friends and family, and post this link on your Facebook wall. https://secure.avaaz.org/en/crushed_to_make_our_clothes_ss/?tfcwtab

Light Fairy vs Dark Fairy

caption contest

Don’t do it….Yes do it!

We all have two sides battling for supremacy within ourselves.  The forces of good and evil, order and chaos, light and dark.  Each has the necessity of the other to survive as there would be no yin without yang.  It’s not as simple as the choice between right or wrong.  That we know,  it’s the choice between Light and Dark that we struggle with.

Light Fairy

Light Fairy

 

Dark Fairy

Dark Fairy

The dark side isn’t always bad and the light side isn’t always good, the lines can be blurred.  We are faced with constant decisions in our daily lives keeping the battle alive.  Should I eat that piece of cake before bed?  Keep the party going and call in sick tomorrow?  Text the Ex with I miss you messages?  We almost always know what we should do but we don’t always do it.  Sometimes the dark side wins.

Which Side Wins Your Battles?  

For the month of May The Fairies Pyjamas is exploring this question.  On Facebook we have a Tug Of War…vote for your side, are you a Light Fairy or a Dark Fairy.  Even better we also have a Photo Caption Contest with a $200 gift certificate up for grabs.  You can also reply here.  Tell us your inner battles and which side usually wins.