ethical cycling clothing: fair wear friday #5

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Today our search for ethical clothing leads us to a quest for ethical cycling clothing. When ‘normal’ clothes are involved I’ve become quite good at finding ethical fashion, as I’ve found some favourite brands to look out for. You might have seen them in our earlier fair wear friday posts. But ethical sports clothing is a different ball game. You buy sports kit less often, or at least that’s the case for me… I’ve started bicycle racing a while ago and the old kit was up for renewal.

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Thinking of Rana Plaza, Dhaka and Bangladesh

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Today, while we remember Rana Plaza collapsing four years ago, let me tell you a bit about the Bangladesh I’ve come to know. A complicated country with many contradictions that somehow captured my heart in between all its troubles. About why Rana Plaza still matters and about what we can do.

The idea for Tulsi Crafts started in 2011, when visiting Bangladesh for Niketan Foundation. We visited Bangladesh for a few weeks and drove around bustling Dhaka in a CNG (a tuk tuk,

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khadi: handwoven and handspun textile

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Khadi, you might have heard of it before. But what is it exactly? In short; khadi is a handspun and handwoven fabric from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. But as with many things, the more you learn about something, the more interesting it gets. The story behind khadi and the meaning it has for India has made this fabric very special to us.

How is khadi made?

Khadi can be made from cotton or from other materials like silk or wool.

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fair wear friday #3 & warm sweater day

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Today is not only fair wear friday, but also warm sweater day (in The Netherlands). I feel the cold and don’t like turning up the heating, so for me it’s always warm sweater day. Except maybe for sweltering summer days 😉 Adding to that I’ve just bought this great sweater, so let me tell you more about it.

Once a month I participate in ‘Fair Wear Friday’ on this blog. On the other Fridays I’ll let you know on Instagram how fair my outfit of that day is,

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fair wear friday #2

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Once a month I participate in ‘Fair Wear Friday’ on this blog. On the other Fridays I’ll let you know on Instagram how fair my outfit of that day is, so follow us there as well.

It’s very important to me to buy clothes that are made as fair as possible. I’ve seen the enormous size of the textile industry in Bangladesh, and the huge impact changes can have on many lives.

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fair wear friday #1

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As of today I’ll participate in ‘Fair Wear Friday’ once a month on this blog. On the other Fridays I’ll let you know on Instagram how fair my outfit of that day is, so follow us there as well.

It’s very important to me to buy clothes that are made as fair as possible. I’ve seen the enormous size of the textile industry in Bangladesh, and the huge impact changes can have on many lives.

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Problems in the Bangladesh textile industry

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Large-scale problems

The other day I received an email from someone asking me why Tulsi Crafts works on a small-scale in Bangladesh, when the country has so many large-scale problems. Especially the textile industry of Bangladesh has huge problems, as we’ve seen when a factory collapsed last year causing many deaths and injuries.

It is most definitely important to make changes on this large scale. There is a lot of attention for these changes at the moment,

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Ban made in Bangladesh? Fair fashion is the alternative!

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Lynsey Dubbeld from Mode voor Morgen (fashion for tomorrow) has written an article on fair fashion from Bangladesh for the De Krant van de Aarde. She mentions Tulsi Crafts an an example of a label that trades fairly with Bangladesh, guaranteeing fair working conditions and a decent wage.

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World Day against Child Labour

Today is World Day against Child Labour, a subject close to my heart. First and foremost I’d like to make clear that I think it’s most important that children are able to be children, to be able to play and learn. But how do we get there?

In Bangladesh child labour unfortunately is very common. The sad truth is that lots of families can’t survive without a child’s income. The garment industry in Bangladesh is huge,

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