About Clothes for a Change
Clothes for a Change is a global campaign to raise awareness
about the negative health and environmental effects of conventional and
genetically engineered cotton and the institutionalized exploitation of
By uniting organic consumers, anti-genetic engineering
activists, trade unionists, religious social justice advocates, progressives
in the fashion & apparel industry, and the Fair Trade / anti-sweatshop
communities into a potent force we can change the dynamics of the marketplace
and fundamentally alter public policy.
The Clothes for a Change Campaign Is Demanding that Major Clothing Retailers
- Stop using genetically engineered cotton.
- Start blending in certified organic or "transition to organic"
cotton in their clothing.
- Guarantee that they meet independently verified Fair Labor (non-sweatshop)
- Eliminate all production and export cotton subsidies in the U.S. and
convert to Green subsidies for organic and transition to organic cotton
While the OCA and our allies put marketplace pressure on the clothing
giants, we will also be enlisting public interest groups to support the
- Committing to procure non-sweatshop, environmentally sound products.
- Signing-on in support of the core demands of the Clothes for a Change
Cotton Project - Information about farmers, manufacturers, activists,
retailers and others who are devoting their energies to making organic
cotton a viable agricultural and economic alternative.
the Label -
Promoting the collective bargaining power of both workers in sweatshops
and communities of consumers.
Organic Cotton Directory -Directory locates links
in the organic cotton chain: organic agricultural
input suppliers, farmers, gins, mills & retailers of organic
LABOR ISSUES & SWEATSHOP INFO
- National Labor Committee -
Educating & engaging
the public on human & labor rights abuses by corporations.
Exchange - Human rights organization dedicated
to promoting environmental, political, and social justice around
- Workers Rights Consortium
(WRC) - A non-profit organization created by college and university
administrations, students and labor rights experts on over 100 campuses.
The WRC's purpose is to ensure that factories producing clothing
and other goods bearing college and university names respect the
basic rights of workers.
for Labor Rights (CLR) - Working
to inform and mobilize grassroots activists in solidarity with major,
international anti-sweatshop struggles. CLR has been called the "grassroots
mobilizing department" of the anti-sweatshop movement
- UNITE! Fighting
for good jobs everywhere. Our union is supporting workers in other
countries who are fighting to organize their own unions to improve
wages and working conditions.
- Clean Clothes
Campaign Campaignind to improve working conditions in
the garment industry.
- Ethix Merch A supplier of custom made, union made and organic promotional products and the new Alta Gracia line of living wage, union made clothing. Ethix Merch also hosts a blog that discusses workers rights, sweatfree campaigns, fair trade, and the environment.