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5 reasons why pebblefest is supporting Fashion Revolution and Feedback

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Have you got your ticket for pebblefest yet? £1 from each one goes to Fashion Revolution or Feedback. This is why.

    Georgina Wilson-Powell

    Mon 1 Apr 2019

    pebble’s overall mission is to help more people - like you and me - live more sustainably by using our consumer spending power to support brands that give back and look after the planet. As a society our overarching global challenge is overconsumption, in all directions, in all forms. So we’re about using our channels, our recommendations and our growing community to help reduce waste and support more sustainable brands.

    While there are many, many eco issues that we care about at pebble, moving away from fast fashion and reducing food waste are two that we keep coming back to, and we see from what you read on our site, you care deeply about these issues too.

    They’re all two issues that are easy for individuals to tackle, without a huge investment. If anything moving away from food waste and fast fashion will save you money. Our ongoing campaign to highlight #EverydayActivism is as much about what you don’t do, as what you do do…which is why we’ve chosen to partner with Fashion Revolution and Feedback as two charity partners for pebblefest. And this is why....

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    5 reasons why pebblefest is supporting Fashion Revolution and Feedback

    1. It's Fashion Revolution Week

    Becoming aware of the Rana Plaza disaster and the subsequent Fashion Revolution Week campaign was one of my first entry points into asking more questions, of both myself about my purchasing decisions and of the fast fashion industry in general. The more questions I asked and researched, the less palatable keeping on buying from high street stores and uncaring corporations was for me.

    Fashion Revolution Week takes place every year during the last week of April to raise awareness of how fast fashion mistreats workers’ rights, women’s rights and the environment and to champion the brands doing things differently.

    "Last year, we saw almost 3.25 million people engage with Fashion Revolution through events, posting on social media, viewing our videos or downloading resources from our website. Our collective voice is strong, by asking the simple question #whomademyclothes to brands, we have ignited a global conversation about supply chain transparency, and started to inspire people to think differently about what they wear," says Sienna Somers, researcher at Fashion Revolution."

    "Brands are listening and improving. As of November 2018, we have counted 173 Brands across 68 companies/parent groups that are disclosing at least some of the facilities making their clothes, compared to just 5 of the top 40 major brands included in our first Fashion Transparency Index in 2016. And every year since, the brands included in our annual Fashion Transparency Index have been making continual progress towards disclosing their social and environmental policies and efforts in their own operations and within the supply chain. Progress is happening and we are campaigning for a fashion industry where dignity in work and environment protection is the standard and not an exception."

    I’m thrilled to have Sienna Somers from the Fashion Revolution at pebblefest on our ethical fashion panel, Why Aren't We All Buying Ethical Fashion?, alongside Birdsong, People Tree and Edward Mongzar.

    See the whole pebblefest schedule here.

    Fashion Revolution Week

    Who makes your clothes? Can you ask? Do you know?

    2. Who Made My Clothes?

    Trying to live more sustainably doesn’t always cost more money, but it does need people to ask more questions. What can you do this Fashion Revolution Week to ask Who Made My Clothes? 

    Fashion Revolution make it easy to take action, no matter whether you’re a shopper or a sustainable brand starting out. Download one of their action kits, share their posts on social media - or more importantly, look at how you can change your own consumer habits to support brands that support others.

    Click here to join the Fashion Revolution.

    Fashion Revolution Week campaign

    Get to grips with what fast fashion costs the planet

    3. Let’s get circular

    If you’re not aware of Feedback, it’s time to get involved. Feedback is a fantastic charity that works to reduce food waste. Global food production has the biggest impact on our planet and Feedback want to make that system fairer for the land, the wildlife, the oceans and for us.

    It works to educate and inspire to move from a linear, wasteful food system to one that is circular and sustainable. Anyone who’s a regular reader of pebble, will know how much we love the circular economy - whether we’re talking fashion, design or food.

    Food waste cookery lesson

    Come and learn what you can do to reduce food waste at home

    4. Food waste matters

    It’s not just the crusts off your bread (although those matter too, see here for why), food waste accounts for one third of all food produced. Think of all the energy, time, money and resources gone into growing that food, only for it not to sit in your belly, but a bin.

    "Because of the emissions that result from growing and throwing away food, food waste has a huge environmental impact and halving it is one of the biggest steps we can take to prevent dangerous climate change'" says Krysia Woroniecka, Researcher at Feedback.

    "All of us have the power to help, not just as consumers but also as food citizens who can ask the big food businesses which control our food system to do a better job of ending runaway food waste. That means, for example, getting supermarkets to stop using their massive market power to pressure growers to overproduce – to really tackle food waste we need to be shopping locally, supporting smaller growers and providing a fairer market for producers."

    Feedback’s anti-food waste campaigns include scorecards of major supermarkets, based on what they’re doing to reduce food wast, and Feeding the 5000 - public communal feasts where everything is made from surplus food.

    Feedback will be at pebblefest, joining our panel What Do You Wish You Knew About Food Waste? with sponsors Too Good To Go, forager Sara Bir and surplus food brand, Nibs Etc.

    Toast Ale are a Bcorp - B Corp Month

    Come and join us at pebblefest for a beer made from surplus bread

    5. Raise a toast

    Down at pebblefest you’ll be able to sample a very special festival beer made by Toast Ale, who brew beer from surplus bread. A social enterprise and a B Corp, all of their profits go back into Feedback to support their campaigns for a more sustainable food system.

    Want to find out more? Click here to sign up to Feedback’s newsletters or donate to their campaigns.

    Buy your tickets now

    £1 from each ticket will go back to either of charities, and you get to decide on the day where you want your £1 to go.

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