People Tree at The SOURCE Awards 2013

People Tree attended the Ethical Fashion Forum’s SOURCE Awards at The House of Lords, yesterday. Thanks to Tamsin Lejeune, Managing Director and Founder of the Ethical Fashion Forum, for a great event promoting ethics in the fashion industry.

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People Tree founder and CEO Safia Minney judged two categories – ‘Fabric & Component Production and Supply’ and ‘One to Watch’ Awards.

“As a judge I was looking for boundary pushing change and initiatives that can be commercial. I’m delighted to see the quality of ethical brands and the determination of their leaders. It’s easy to say – it’s all about ‘design’, but good design is also about technical support and long term partnership to deliver genuine social and environmental change. Here lies the future seeds of the fashion industry – it simply is unsustainable to continue as we are!”

Safia Minney, MBE, Founder and CEO, People Tree

1. Fabric & Component Production and Supply

WINNER

Lebenskleidung : A Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified Textile Agency from Berlin, Germany, wholesaling fabrics  (Germany)

Lebenskleidung want Clarity, transparency and to establish Confidence in the textile industry. From the cotton field to the shelves of the shops, Lebenskleidung products are manufactured according to strict environmental and social criteria. A socially-friendly processing, fair trade and fair prices for our producers are our top priorities.

RUNNERS UP

Cocccon UG
Fair, Eco-friendly, Ethical & Sustainable production unit specialising in non-violent silk herbal dyeing and printing (Germany)

Panchachuli UK
Supporting the Panchachuli Women Weavers who hand loom in India, import their products to the UK and raise awareness globally (United Kingdom)

Paper No. 9
New, Brooklyn-based design lab Paper No. 9 creates exclusive bespoke sustainable textiles and limited edition goods by hand (United States)

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2. One to Watch

WINNER

Senhoa: Senhoa jewellery is individually handcrafted bysurvivors of human trafficking or young women vulnerable to exploitation (United States)

Senhoa’s focus and policy. Access to dignified employment is one of the most powerful armours to protect women from exploitation. Our objective is to create a successful business that employs artisans to handcraft fashion accessories, providing them with safety.

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SPECIAL COMMENDATION: Sara C

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Sara C designs stylish, sustainable pieces with one of a kind prints, inspired and made in Britain using eco-friendly fabric (United Kingdom)

RUNNERS UP

Mayamiko Trust
Empowering vulnerable communities through skills training, supporting and turning creative talentsthrough ethical fashion and accessories (United Kingdom)

OVNA OVICH
OVNA OVICH is an environmentally and socially focused mens and womenswear label, based in New Zealand (New Zealand)

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Mia Hadrill, People Tree PR Officer and Lucy Shea, CEO of Futerra

Futerra are the world’s leading sustainability communications agency. Lucy Shea & Mia wore People Tree SS14 Atelier Collection. Lucy praised the work of People Tree, runner up for Womenswear Sustainable Brand Leader Award.

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Finally congratulations to Carry Somers, Founder of Pachacuti and Fashion Revolution Day for winner of the SOURCE Outstanding Contribution Award, recognising outstanding contribution to furthering sustainability in the fashion sector.

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Carry Somers spoke about Fashion Revolution Day.

24 April 2014 is Fashion Revolution Day when citizens, industry leaders, workers, campaigners, academics, press, consumers – everyone we can think of – will come together to commemorate the first anniversary of the collapse, remember the victims of Rana Plaza and change our fashion future. Fashion Revolution Day is an opportunity to celebrate fashion as a positive influence, raise awareness of the fashion industry’s most pressing issues and show that change is possible. It will rally the high street, the high end, the innovators, the media, the public, the activists, the makers, the wearers – and everyone in between.

Learn More about Fashion Revolution on the website: www.fashionrevolution.org

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