Other places to go for support and information.
Le Souk is a US website, which helps connect designers to existing mills and tanneries. It offers a swatch service, and has filters so fabrics can be found depending on their sustainability criteria. Although a US website, the represent mills and tanneries all over the world.
Make Works are factory finders. They have an open access directory of local manufacturing in Scotland. It is a resource that lets you discover the relevant skilled people, places, tools and materials that allow you to make, manufacture or repair anything.
Project Just is a website, whose aim is to create transparency in the supply chains of fashion brands, and to help customers make informed decisions. It is a platform that allows users to download data on brands, and to submit information, and also request information on brands they might not have already investigated.
Provenance is a real-time data platform that empowers brands to take steps toward greater transparency by tracing the origins and histories of products. With their technology you can easily gather and verify stories, keep them connected to physical things and embed them anywhere online.
The Clean Clothes Campaign
The Clean Clothes Campaign is dedicated to improving working conditions and supporting the empowerment of workers in the global garment and sportswear industries. It is an alliance of organisations in 16 European countries. Members include trade unions and NGOs covering a broad spectrum of perspectives and interests, such as women’s rights, consumer advocacy and poverty reduction. The offer resources and information.
The Ethical Fashion Forum
The Ethical Fashion Forum is the Industry body for sustainable fashion. They EFF developed SOURCE is a platform of tools and services for the fashion and textiles industries, from field to final product. It aims to make it easy for fashion professionals and businesses to work sustainably, inspire and motivate members, facilitate research and industry collaboration and put the spotlight on best practice.
The Good Wardrobe
The Good Wardrobe is an online style-sharing community hub mixing the best of sustainable fashion with services that prolong a wardrobe’s life. It is a forum to find and share information about fashion, fabrics and sustainability.
The Sustainable Angle
The Sustainable Angle is a not for profit organisation which initiates and supports projects which contribute to minimizing the environmental impact of industry and society, and that help make it easier for companies to make informed decisions when it comes to sustainability. They run The Future Fabrics Expo which focuses on how fashion’s environmental impact can be lowered through textile innovation, and novel ideas to transform the fashion system and design practice.
The True Cost
The True Cost is a documentary which explores the consumer pressure for low cost fashion, and the lives of the sweatshop workers who produce these goods. It is an excellent starting point for identifying the problems in the textile trade. It is available to watch on Netflix.