March 31, 2019

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MISSION LIFE-FORCE

The team were saddened to hear this week that Polly Higgins, author of Eradicating Ecocide, is gravely ill. Po-Zu founder Sven Segal writes:

“I don’t normally pour my heart out openly, but I had an extremely emotional week and I felt that I had to share my feelings on this very meaningful occasion.

One of my dearest friends, the inspirational Earth Lawyer Polly Higgins was diagnosed with advanced and pervasive cancer and a startling medical prognosis of around 6 weeks to live.

This terribly sad news came out with her most recent newsletter, and spread very quickly through the media; check out one of my favourite columnists George Monbiot’s recent piece about Polly’s work.

I first met Polly and heard her speak about her life’s mission at the People and Environment Achievement awards in 2012, where Polly won the most prestigious award - The Overall PEA Champion Award for her extensive work as a barrister, fighting to create new global laws to protect the Earth; and I as the founder of Po-Zu was honoured to receive the award for Entrepreneur of the year. I remember my jaw dropping in amazement and admiration as she spoke. Her radical solution sounded far more coherent, decisive and practical than all the environmental campaigns I had come across previously. Polly instantly become my environmentalist hero. We met backstage, congratulated each other and had a lovely brief chat. Shortly after this, we started to support each other’s work. Polly also inspired me to join Friends of the Earth and take on their Campaign Organiser Trainee program. 

I greatly appreciated Polly’s being an ambassador in wearing and spreading the word about our shoes and boots, and at the same time it’s been an honour and an uplifting thought for me to know that I’m supporting and comforting her feet wherever she goes. I always wanted to acknowledge those remarkable individuals who contribute most to protecting our shared environment, and as sustainable shoemaker, I couldn’t think of a better way than letting them tread softly in our shoes.

Over the years, Po-Zu have supported several environmental charities by donating a percentage from the sales of Po-Zu shoes. One of these being a registered charity of Polly’s, The Earth Community Trust.

We had been working hard on the launch of our Love Revolution shoe this week in aid of Fashion Revolution and workers’ rights, however, this important campaign has somehow been overshadowed by much alarming climate related news such as the drastic decline of insects and pollinators; it all of a sudden seems to be frighteningly accelerating. So of course, Fashion Revolution is really important, especially for my line of work, but clearly nothing is more imperative than the need for a Climate Revolution, without which nothing else will exist, nor matter; not even the most practical object I can think of - shoes.

We are aware that the odds are stacked against Polly Higgins right now.  And if there is one thing she would dearly love to see happen, it is a huge up swell of public support for Ecocide law.  

So please, take a moment to sign up as an Earth protector and contribute towards Polly’s ground-breaking work to protect the Earth by establishing ECOCIDE (ecosystem destruction) as a crime at the International Criminal Court in the Hague:

https://www.missionlifeforce.org/take-action

May the lifeforce be with us all, and may Polly's own Lifeforce win through.”

 

Sven Segal

Po-Zu Founder & CEO

 

March 02, 2019

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#EthicalTopToToe with Po-Zu and Mayamiko

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Meet Mayamiko: a contemporary women’s wear brand inspired by African and global artisanal tradition and prints, with ethical trading and sustainability at its core. Established by Paola Masperi, Mayamiko The Label is lovingly made in Malawi and around the globe by a team of tailors, pattern cutters and seamstresses. Their multi-seasonal collections are designed for the global modern woman, whilst giving ode to their birthplace through the use of traditional techniques and locally sourced materials. 

 

Mayamiko strongly believes that ethical and sustainable production is the only acceptable way of producing, and feel that shopping ethically should not compromise the quality or design of the product but rather enhance and add value to it. We caught up with Mayamiko's founder Paola, to chat all things ethical fashion.

 

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Why should consumers care about the history of their clothes before it reaches them?
I was born and raised in Italy. Growing up in a strongly artisanal and connected society, there are very few pieces of clothing I owned, that I didn’t know the history of. It is a wonderful way of connecting with your garments, treasuring and loving them, respecting them and their makers. Nothing was ever thrown away: it was almost a ritual to pass things on to younger siblings or cousins, or to repurpose a dress your Mum wore in the 70s! 

Fashion can be a real force for good: we see in our small context that lives are changed forever by people’s buying choices. And what drives people to buy is not just aesthetic, but also the awareness of how their clothes are made, and who made them. We all want to feel great in what we wear, and it is just impossible to do so if we are wearing someone else’s exploitation and misery. But if you know that your dress has allowed Jane,  one of the Mayamiko pattern-cutters in Malawi, or your Po-Zu's have allowed a rubber farmer in Sri Lanka to have access to clean water, then it has real meaning. 

  

Who are the makers behind the Mayamiko clothing and how does shopping with Mayamiko support them?

Our work focuses on women’s empowerment and the idea that dignified, fairly paid work gives each woman the ability to make choices over her and her family’s life. This takes a different shape in different places, depending on the local context and need. So with Mayamiko Trust in Malawi, we start with our training academy, where we ensure that the right skills are provided or honed, and then we offer a choice: employed work at Mayamiko, or support to set themselves up as an independent artisan. In which case we have a programme of small business and financial skills, as well as a start-up grant to support graduates on their entrepreneurial journey. Those who choose employment with us come on a journey of growth and development that continues for years. We really are like a big family! 

In Sri Lanka, we partner with the wonderful Booteek Collective, who works with women caring for differently-abled children. For them, what works best is to gather once a week, then go back to their homes and work to their own rhythm, to then meet again the following week. And so on. No one model fits all, and we work closely with our partners to do what is right in the context. 

So every purchase made at Mayamiko has a real impact on people’s lives, and it is not a one-day affair, we are in it for the long run! 

 

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How important is zero waste to Mayamiko The Label?
At Mayamiko we have both a strong social and an environmental stance because we believe that these must go hand to hand and cannot be separated. Zero Waste is an expression of our commitment to value every single piece of material we work with. We start from Zero Waste pattern design for maximum fabric usage, and that includes designing for longevity, so our styles can adapt and change with you. And we use every single off-cut to create items of value. So we flip the concept of waste on its head and say: what some may consider waste, we consider a treasure: this is how our scrunchies, earrings and other small accessories come about - which also means we are able to develop more skills for artisans, and help them generate additional income. 

Our Positive Pads initiative is also part of this: we craft beautiful reusable sanitary pads using our offcuts, and collaborate with local organisations to promote feminine health education, together with the distribution of reusable pads. Mayamiko customers can help by sponsoring a pad as they shop. 

 

What drew you to styling Po-Zu shoes with Mayamiko clothes?
I believe in our industry, in a time where we are all committed to bringing about change, collaboration is essential. Ethical and sustainable fashion is still considered niche, so we all need to work together to magnify our collective voice. Competition is not a word that belongs in our vocabulary, collaboration should appear twice. 

Oh, and need I mention that Po-Zu shoes are just awesome, and that’s a clear added bonus! I think the looks created by Mayamiko clothing and Po-Zu shoes really embody the women who wear our brands: dynamic, not afraid to stand out and be counted, stylish yet comfortable and wearing their values quite literally on their sleeves. 

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What's next on the agenda for Mayamiko The Label?
So much, there is never enough time! Our long term vision is to collaborate with more groups of amazing artisans around the world and work with them to create unique collections with a positive impact on their economy and environment. At the moment you can choose from embroidery from Sri Lanka, handloom from Myanmar, reclaimed jewellery from Laos, Kenya and Afghanistan, knitwear from Peru and reclaimed silk and wool from Italy. We are working on some new exciting partnerships there. 

We are also working hard to add more sustainable textiles to our collections: we love working with heritage and upcycled textiles, and we also know that more of our customers are looking for certified textiles. So getting the right balance is really important (and tricky!). And of course we have our yearly collection landing at the end of March / early April, so watch this space for some exciting new designs! 

There are a few other surprises in the pipeline but if I said what they are, they would no longer be surprises! You’ll have to keep coming on a journey with us to find out :)

 

Read Mayamiko’s interview with Po-Zu
February 28, 2019

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Free The Shoes - thank you to our customers for your amazing photographs

Free The Shoes - thank you for showing the fashion world that business-as-usual simply isn't good enough.

Our customers make us. ❤️

You may have noticed, we are on a mission to rid the world of unfairly-made shoes and raise awareness for a different way of doing things.

Which is why, when we received such a great response to our #FreeTheShoes call-out last week, with loads of carefully thought out, creative entries, we couldn't help but be inspired. Hats off to you.

The five prize draw winners are @ttsbie, @ms_ventress, @macaroneer, @sarahpassos and @violetvillacorta. Keep an eye out for a direct message via Instagram, and enjoy spending those gift vouchers coming your way.

 

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From the desert of Jakku to the streets of London Fashion Week, you guys got creative, colourful and everything in between. Here are some examples of the awesome pictures you took.

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Thank you again for all of your inspiring work - we really do appreciate it, and if you would like to know when our next prize draw goes live, please sign up to our newsletter here.

February 25, 2019

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

Celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight with us

Po-Zu caught up with some friends to hear their thoughts on why Fair Trade is important to our planet and how they will be celebrating this Fairtrade Fortnight.

Po-Zu is proud to be working with the Fair Rubber Association as part of our Fair Rubber collection and moving towards better certification along our supply chain as we grow and scale impact. By using the Fair Rubber mark in our shoes, we are able to ensure a better living wage for our rubber tappers.

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Kate Osborne, expert in fashion and sustainability and PR & Marketing Manager at Po-Zu says:

“This Fairtrade fortnight, I will be thinking about all the farmers across the world who help grow the things we eat and wear, and what it means to run a rural farm. I was so lucky to visit rural cotton farming district in India a few years ago, and it was clear to me the impact that fair trade and organic cotton farming had on the lives of the people who grew the cotton.

Fair Trade is more than just a premium, it is a structure that ensures a better life for the producers as part of a community and a means to build something bigger. From schools, to better local transport, better access to healthcare or a buffer against harsh economic times or drought. My favourite Fair Trade brands include Café Direct coffee, Percol coffee, Divine chocolate, and visiting my local market for fair trade bananas in Dalston.”

Ali Clifford, PR and social media marketing consultant at incredibusy.com

It's said that during a recession people look at less expensive consumables - they have trimmed household budgets and postponed buying cars, major appliances and other big-ticket items.

And indeed,less expensive consumables - such as {1} sneakers, {2} chocolate and {3} coffee –  three of my own favourite consumerist treats. 
So Fairtrade Foundation's focus for 2019 being "women who deserve to earn a fair living wage" - and using the #SheDeserves hashtag to highlight this, is so appropriate for myself and many consumers during times of economic uncertainty.

This fortnight it's about asking questions - in the same way that we ask #WhoMadeMyClothes - ask in the cafe, is this coffee Fair Trade, ask the big confectionery players - is your chocolate fairly traded? Read more here

Lizzie Rivera, is a journalist and founder of ethical lifestyle site: www.bicbim.co.uk which finds, curates and promotes the best and most pioneering ethical fashion, food and lifestyle initiatives.

“For Fairtrade Fortnight I'm making sure my morning coffee is Fairtrade. I always ensure my coffee is ethically sourced, but for these two weeks I'm intentionally supporting Fairtrade's #SheDeserves campaign because everyone deserves to earn a living wage. Also, I've just got back from a trip to Kenya where I was bowled over by a Women in Coffee project. Here, women have been given ownership of coffee bushes and therefore their incomes - as a result they are more empowered in society and able to create a better life for their children. It's a real success story. You can read about it here.”

Safia Minney MBE, author of Slave to Fashion, activist and founder of Fair Trade fashion pioneer People Tree, says:

“Fair trade fortnight celebrates sustainability and social justice in business. When have we ever needed fair trade more? Fair trade celebrates a business that puts people and our environment alongside profit, not profit at any cost. Fair trade is the system to promote transparency and accountability and partnership between suppliers & buyers.

The success of Fair Trade proves that another way of doing trade & business is possible and just how much people want to be part of the solution!”

Khandiz Joni, Founder of pioneering new creative booking system, Novel Creatives, built for the fashion industry based on ethical beliefs and values.

“I am going to be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight by promoting some of the amazing talent we have on Novel Creatives who all use fair trade as part of their working practices and I will also be using lots of lovely fair trade makeup on some of the shoots that I will be working on this week, all the while in my Fair Rubber Po-Zu’s and definitely eating lots of lovely Fair Trade chocolate!”

 

Interested in getting involved yourself? Head over to Fairtrade to find out how you can join, be it organising an event to getting social on social media.

 

 

February 08, 2019

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Po-Zu launch London Fashion Week, #FreeTheShoes

Mass day of Instagram action next Saturday 16th February.

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You're Invited!

Po-Zu is planning a global grassroots day-of-action & we need your help!

On Saturday 16th February, we are asking our friends, folks and followers to take to the airways (mainly Instagram) to protest for better sustainability, transparency and ethics in footwear via a mass-coordinated shoe-orientated photo-splash: #FREETHESHOES @Po_Zu

 

Help us lift the lid on a better shoe industry, with ethics at its core, during London Fashion Week 2019. 

Be a part of our grassroots movement of influencers, help us spread the word.

The Why

According to a recent report by the EAC, the fashion industry is completely unsustainable. Yet next week, London Fashion Week is set to continue, business as usual.

Although the footwear industry accounts for 20% of the global apparel carbon emissions, it continues to be on the periphery for sustainability. 

The vast majority of shoes are made using synthetic materials, like acetate and PVC or glued together with toxic glues. These shoes are extremely difficult to separate and recycle and so they end up in the landfill and take hundreds of years to break down, releasing toxic chemicals as they do.

If they are made of leather, they are often tanned with Chromium, a highly toxic chemical and known carcinogen.

With 60% of production happening in the developing world, this often runs into riverways, polluting water and killing wildlife. In Bangladesh they have declared a river upon which thousands depend, biologically dead. 

To top it off, a vast amount of shoes these days aren't designed to last, but to fall apart after a season of wear.

We don't want shoes going straight to landfill, clogging up our rivers, hurting the people who produce them or taking hundreds of years to biodegrade. So why are they still being made this way?

Without action, the need for change will remain unanswered.

Help us show the fashion world that business-as-usual simply isn't good enough.

Get Creative

Invite your friends, organise a day to take some pictures, think up a fun, cool idea. How can you make a super gorgeous, impactful image that really grabs attention?

Get inspired, check out our Pinterest board of ideas with some of our most loved pictures this year.

Please share! Send it to a loved one.
The more people who can help us amplify this message, the further it will go and the more the fashion community will take note (all eyes will be on London Fashion Week this week). 

 

Add a Comment

Next, let your followers know why you love your shoes and why this subject is so important. 

What is so special about the shoes you are wearing? Why do you care that less than 5% of Post-Consumer shoes are ever actually recycled? Why should it matter if they may take hundreds of years to biodegrade?

We don't want shoes going straight to landfill, keeping the people who make them in perpetual poverty or polluting our waterways. So why are they continuing to be made like this?
 

Post it 

The more posts we can make happen at exactly the right time, the louder it will speak. Get everything ready to post on Saturday 16th February.

Add the following tags: 
#FreeTheShoes @Po_Zu (
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#LondonFashionWeek #LFW 


Prize Draw

All #FREETHESHOES entries will be entered into a special Po-Zu prize draw.

The top 5 will receive a £60 voucher each to spend on www.po-zu.com. (Winners will be announced on Sunday 24th February) 

 

February 01, 2019

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The Power of Laughter to Move Mountains

It was an honour to put together a comedy fundraiser with Sara Pascoe, Aisling Bea, Deborah Frances-White, Brett Goldstein, Steen Raskopoulos and Sophie Duker at the Conway Hall. With a room packed full of changemakers. 

 

There is something about comic perspectives uttered in the face of the existential problems we face, sizing up the need for change in its purest form.

There couldn't have been a more fitting place to host something like this. And what a venue. 

The Conway Hall is the landmark of London's independent intellectual, political and cultural life. It is renowned as a hub for free speech and independent thought.

 

"The whole point of this evening was to have a really fun night that was celebrating the really positive things people are doing that people are doing to try and avoid some of the terrible things that are happening in terms of how clothing is made" Sara Pascoe, says. 
 
"It is just so refreshing and unusual to tackle such a horrendous issue as fast fashion with something that is light and enjoyable." Sven Segal, Po-Zu Founder. 

We are drowning in a sea of mass-produced, throw-away fast-fashion & footwear made from synthetic materials in a linear system where less than 1% of all textiles manufactured are recycled back into new clothing and 12% recycled into other industries (Ellen McArthur Foundation).

 

Held in cooperation with Slave to Fashion, anti-slavery advocate and movement to raise awareness and stop modern slavery in the supply chains today, there is never such a time as now for us to do more. 

Thanks to our utter heroes: Sara Pascoe, Aisling Bea, Deborah Frances-White, Brett Goldstein, Steen Raskopoulos and Sophie Duker, we were able to raise a collective £3352.30 for The Environmental Justice Foundation and The Cup. Two charities fighting the negative impacts of the fashion industry's exploitation.  

As seen on stage: (from left to right)

Sara Pascoe in WANDA Silver

Aisling Bea in MOON Black

Deborah Frances-White in RESISTANCE Silver

Steen Raskopoulos in SEQUOIA 2 Brown

Sophie Duker in REY HI Brown

Brett Goldstein in SNEAK L Black

January 20, 2019

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Out-of-this-world photography: @safesolvent walks the walk with Po-Zu

Modern tech meets striking landscapes: Sacha Holub from Po-Zu chats with Martin Reisch, the Canada-based freelance photographer documenting outdoor explorations straight to his captivating Instagram feed.

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What drew you into becoming a freelance photographer?

Initially, I started my career as a graphic designer doing DVD package artwork (yes, that long ago). Along the way, I started finding myself convinced I could do better than the images I was being given to design with. I ended up shooting a few projects where I did the photography and found myself much more interested in this part of the process. Fast forward many years later and I’m equal parts photographer and videographer. My two professions have been melded together since 2008.

 

How did you develop the signature @safesolvent style?

Whilst I’m not entirely sure what my signature style is, a lot of the time I’m the subject! What started out as a need to have some kind of scale or reference point when shooting large landscape images, turned into an almost addictive trademark. 

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From location scouting to drone photography, how long does your creative process take?

A very large part of my drone shoots is serendipitous walking around and stumbling upon interesting places. I’ve never been one to use Google Maps to find locations because I usually find the more I plan, the less I find myself inspired.

Has Instagram influenced your photography style?

Instagram has most definitely influenced my photography style. I was already shooting professionally when Instagram launched, this had the appealing challenge of creating an incredible image with a smartphone. It's not as difficult to achieve these days, but I still enjoy the idea that I’m not necessarily going out with the intention to create an image. Instead, I’ve got my iPhone on the chance I stumble onto something. To this day, almost everything on my Instagram feed is either an iPhone shot or a drone shot. I find it freeing to not use the large DSLR equipment that I normally use for work.

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Which other photographers inspire you?

Most of my inspiration comes from filmmakers and cinematographers. I’ve recently stumbled upon the work of the young photographer, Brandon Lu. His work is fantastic and has tons of ambition and emotion. I like seeing the work of people who have only just begun their careers or journeys, with such fresh interpretations and lack of conventions.

We loved spotting our shoes featuring in your work. What do you love so much about your Po-Zu's?

What initially drew me into my first pair of Po-Zu shoes was undoubtedly the Star Wars connection. I have to admit, I’ve never seen such a tasteful use of Star Wars in fashion. When I was about 5 or 6 years old, my mom bought me a pair of Clarks that had a Star Wars logo on them and they were the most incredible pair of shoes I’d ever seen. Until coming across Po-Zu, I'd never imagined wearing another pair of Star Wars shoes. That being said; there’s something incredibly comfortable about Po-Zu shoes and knowing that they are ethically and sustainably designed and crafted goes a long way. 

I’m also a big fan of companies that are reachable, human and considerate. It’s a great treat to buy a pair of shoes and be able to chat with the person who designed them so casually! It’s a big step away from the giant corporations and I find it charming.
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We are constantly inspired by our customers, the beautiful, creative images they take and the story behind them. If you have been working on a similar project to Martin's, we always love seeing your pictures so please do send them through to press@po-zu.com
January 18, 2019

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Why I am #StandingUp for Sustainable Fashion. FAST FASHION JUST GOT FUNNY

Safia Minney, MBE, Author of Slave to Fashion and Founder of Fair Trade fashion pioneer People Tree

Whilst fast fashion provides work for the majority of women in countries like Cambodia and Bangladesh, we need to fix the broken fashion system that leaves them working an average of 80 hours a week with too little pay to cover their basic needs.

Workers are asking for freedom of association.

Workers are asking for a living wage.

Consumers would be happy to pay 5% more for fashion to cover this and think that it’s the responsibility of the fashion company to look after the workers in their supply chains. We need companies to be held accountable and to force companies to follow the law.

Laughter is a powerful tool. It doesn’t matter who you are, what your background is or where you want to be. Laughter has the power to break through the bleak, ridicule the ridiculous and unravel the ravelled. It offers us levity in the darkest of times and the craziest of situations.

Through laughter, light & action follow.

Which is why together with Po-Zu www.po-zu.com, as Founder of People Tree and author of Slave to Fashion, we are working together to raise awareness and raise funds with the help of our amazing comic friends: Sara Pascoe, Aisling Bea, Deborah Frances-White (The Guilty Feminist), Brett Goldstein, Steen Raskopoulos and Sophie Duker. In time for London Fashion Week next month, we are asking attendees to rethink fashion and make ethical choices that put people and planet first: consume less, and if buying new, buy sustainable and ethical products.

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“It’s imperative that there are more ethical products to choose from- that are just as nice and fancy, but that doesn’t harm the environment or enslave and mistreat workers,” says Sara Pascoe, comedian, co-host for the evening and author of ‘Animal’, known for appearance on TV programmes such as 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown for Channel 4, QI and Taskmaster for digital channel, Dave.

The fact is, we are drowning in a sea of mass-produced, throw-away fast-fashion made from synthetic materials in a linear system where less than 1% of all textiles manufactured are recycled back into new clothing and 12% recycled into other industries (Ellen McArthur Foundation).

“A single shoe can contain 65 parts that require 360 steps for assembly, making it highly difficult to separate and recycle.” Po-Zu’s Founder and CEO, Sven Segal, explains, “most of these substances are harmful to both the shoe factory workers and the environment. We need another way.”

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Toxic chemicals, glues, phlathates, and chromium, especially in the shoe-industry, are used and often left untreated to flow into waterways, polluting community drinking water and damaging local health. The current volume of plastics entering the ocean through synthetic clothing by micro-fibres equates to 16 times that of microbeads.

Fashion is a major part of global trade. The fashion industry currently amounts to at 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon annually, more than those of all international flights and maritime shipping combined according to the Ellen McArthur Foundation. If the industry continues this trajectory, fashion & footwear will account for 25% of the world’s carbon budget by 2050. More than a half trillion gallons of fresh water are used in the dyeing process of textiles each year, amounting to 20% of global industrial water pollution. It takes around 7,000 liters of water to produce one single pair of jeans – equivalent to the amount of water one individual drinks in 5-6 years.

We can’t be feminists unless we ask who’s making our clothes and whether they’re being paid properly and ever getting luxuries like - you know - going home at night.” Deborah Frances-White, comedian, author and creator of The Guilty Feminist, says. “The UN has told us we have 12 years to slow climate change and after that, it’s a runaway train. We are literally looking at a situation where water and oxygen might run out in our lifetime. So, if we like breathing and we’re not interested in sustainable, ethical practices we better get interested quickly.”

People in our supply chains are suffering too, according to Slave to Fashion: although it is illegal, there are more people trapped in slavery today than ever before. Millions of vulnerable men, women, and children are enslaved through human trafficking and forced labour. It is estimated that there are currently 41 million people who are victims of forced labour in supply chains worldwide and 168 million children in child labour. $150 Billion illicit profits generated annually from this trade.

“Fast fashion is notorious for its devastating environmental impact and brutal human rights abuses. We can all help to change this by voting with our wallets to choose ethical, sustainable brands that sources materials that are environmentally friendly and produced by people who are treated fairly. We can demand much more from businesses, none of which should be selling products that are destroying our natural world or exploiting people. Speak, be heard, get active and together we really can change our world for the better,” says Steve Trent, EJF’s executive director. 

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But the fashion industry needs to be held accountable. Even though there are laws, they have no claws (they are not enforced) leaving poor people vulnerable and those that stand up for their rights are often beaten and blacklisted and left without any livelihood at all.

Comedian, Sophie Duker says: “I'm thrilled to raise awareness of the dangers of fast fashion because I want to look like a goddess at all times (obviously) but I don't want blood or plastic on my hands. (It's not a good look!) I want to look like a snack but also be able to sleep at night.”

Find out more about the event here: http://bit.ly/PoZuComedyFundraiser

December 18, 2018

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COMEDY FUNDRAISER Sara Pascoe, Aisling Bea, Deborah Frances-White, Brett Goldstein, Steen Raskopoulos and Sophie Duker. #StandUpToFastFashion

We all want to live our best 2019 selves, so what better way to do so than by starting the year out on the right foot with a comedy fundraiser raising awareness and championing the good guys.

We are delighted to announce this comedy evening which will be raising funds for Po-Zu Shoes' charity of choice - EJF (Environmental Justice Foundation) and the Cup, which is a project of the Freeset Trust*. 

Co-hosted by the wonderful Sara Pascoe, Aisling Bea and Deborah Francis White.

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Sara Pascoe, Aisling Bea, Deborah Frances-White, Brett Goldstein, Steen Raskopoulos and Sophie Duker. #StandUpToFastFashion
Venue-details LONDON: Conway Hall
Saturday 19TH JAN, 2019 7:00pm

UPDATE: this event 19 Jan 2019 has now sold out. Please keep an eye on @Po_Zu and @sarapascoe twitter feeds for news on any ticket returns.

Sara has a few tickets remaining for her show: LADSLADSLADS
Sun 10 March 2019
Booking at The London Palladium 
https://lwtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/sara-pascoe/

Fast fashion businesses are drowning us all with mass consumed, disposable & synthetic clothing at a huge environmental and human cost along the supply chain. Footwear businesses are pumping out toxic chemicals into the factories and the water systems with little health and safety.

Never before has the agenda of global warming and modern-day slavery been more important than now. But we need to act now. Next year isn't gonna count. 

Join us as we join forces with our favourite comedians to bring to light some of the actionable ways in which we can all, little by little, make a huge collective difference to the global landscape of the fashion industry. 

With words from some of the leading movers and shakers on how we can all make incremental change. Expect rebel rousing at its very finest. Fast fashion is so 2018, darling.



Po-Zu is an award-winning ethical footwear brand working to halt the negative impacts of fast-footwear production to the people in the supply chain, the ecosystems around them and the global environment.

Read more about the charities Po-Zu supports here: our charities

*The evening of 19 Jan 2019 will be supporting the following causes:

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) is a UK-based charity (No. 1088128) working to secure international protection for the environment and human rights. EJF calls on governments to recognise climate refugees and support a new legal agreement to guarantee their rights and their fair claim to our shared world. 

The Cup is a project of the Freeset Trust and operates as a community centre, located on the corner of the main entrance into Sonagacchi and seeks to provide a place of community, fun, hope and freedom for women who daily face marginalisation, trauma, despair and entrapment escaping the red-light trade due to poverty and human trafficking. Freeset has been offering alternative employment to the women of Sonagacchi since 2001 and The Cup is a key means by which relationships are formed and freedom found. 

Follow us all on instagram for more news:

https://www.instagram.com/Po_Zu

https://www.instagram.com/Sara.Pascoe

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Featuring @sara.pascoe hair & makeup which was by @naradkutowaroo & @justinejenkins using all cruelty free products.

Aisling Bea styled by @imdeemoran wearing a dress by London eco designer @adazanditoncouture

Sara’s 💃🏻dress is from @one_scoop_store - where you can get second hand designer stuff for great prices - another way to do ethical and avoid waste!

 

 

November 15, 2018

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Champion an Alternative Black Friday

 

We believe in a world where people matter more than profit, where businesses produce in a manner that does not destroy the environment and cause harm to human beings in the supply chain through sweated or bonded labour. 

We stand for an industry that does not produce mountains of cheap, disposable products for the sake of commercial growth.

We stand against the mass-overconsumption of goods. This does not bring you happiness.

We believe product should be built fit for purpose, designed to last and bought to be loved: to be mended, gifted and passed down. 

We want to show there is an ethical solution to the unsustainable practices you see today.

Champion an Alternative Black Friday

We need to level the playing field. Your voice and your purchasing power matter more than you think. 

Po-Zu will be offering 40% off from 7am GMT - 16th November until 30th November.

It is our mission to maximise the number of ethically sustainably produced shoes in the world. We are striking back against fast fashion to bring shoes to you at a more affordable price. Simply because there is no other way to do business.

1. Sort out, mend and donate

  • Use what you have, look after the things you own, find something you haven’t worn and give it away, upcycle it into something new!

  • Mend - sew on a button, visit your local cobbler, learn how to darn.

  • Pass the things you don’t wear along. Send them to a charity shop, attend a swishing party or give them to a friend.

  • Volunteer your time to a great cause to do something good, donate 

  • Bake a cake, make something amazing, do something for free

  • Practice kindness, practice random acts of kindness, do something for the sake of being kind!

2. if you buy new, buy sustainable and ethical fashion

The Good Shopping Guide is an incredible resource for sustainable alternatives. It is increasingly accessible to buy organic, fair trade, sustainable brands with a point scoring system for you to easily compare ethics.

Here are a few brands we love:

  • People Tree
  • Howies
  • Thought Clothing
  • Beaumont Organic
  • Wear the Walk
  • Nudie Jeans
  • Lowie
  • Mayamiko
  • Riz Boardshorts

3.  support change

Communicate to your MP’s get involved with organisations and improve practices in the industry,

Share this on your social media!

Support the organisations creating change in the industry:

  • ILO
  • FWF
  • 3Degrees
  • Greenpeace
  • Fashion Revolution

 

 
Kate Osborne, PR & Marketing Manager
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