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fashion

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Started 2 months ago

Petition to U.S. Department Of Commerce

Learn the True Cost of Fashion

While the U.S. is busy tearing apart Urban Outfitter stores every year during Black Friday, no one stops to think about what the true cost is of the cheap clothing we take for granted. The stores with the cheapest clothes usually use the cheapest forms of labor. The cheapest labor usually translates to using some form of forced labor: Either sweatshops or child labor. Although many sweatshops aren't technically forcing people to work for them, they don't give them much choice: They incentivize people with marginally higher pay compared to local labor while offering awful working conditions and long hours. Although the labor is bad, it isn't the worst part. The materials for these clothes have to come from somewhere cheap as well, and in most cases, the farmers of the cotton get ripped off as well. In Bangladesh alone, every hour, 2 cotton farmers commit suicide. They do this because they can no longer afford to buy crops. All their money has been spent on pesticides for those crops. Eventually, the pesticides make them sick, so they need to buy medications. And the problem? All three of these: seeds, pesticides, and medications: They all come from the same company. It's a total monopoly; the prices can be sky-high and the farmers have no other choice. When the farmers inevitably run up a large debt, the company takes control of their land, and, feeling that they have nothing left to live for, the farmer commits suicide. It doesn't have to be like this. It starts with the consumer and their awareness of the problem. As of now, only 1% of clothing worldwide is produced ethically. If we can raise awareness for this cycle, U.S. consumers can be more aware of which brands to avoid, and how to better contribute to a more sustainable future. There are many possible plans of action, but the one that seems the most effective is to convince the Dept. of Commerce to require companies using unethical labor to disclose that they are doing so. This way, it's in the consumer's face. We’re not assigning guilt/blame to anyone in particular, just trying to raise awareness for these tragedies. If you would like to help us out, click "sign this petition" above. Thanks for reading all the way through :)

Maxim Dietz
21 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Gap Inc., Padmasree Warrior, Mayo Shattuck, William Fischer, Robert Fischer, Khajak Keledjian, Art Peck, Bobbi Silten, Sonia Syngal, Jyothi Rao, Glenn K. Murphy, Katherine Tsang (Board of Directors)

Foxes, rabbits, and raccoon dogs are being slaughtered. GAP Inc., please stop selling fur.

Gap Inc. profits from animals' suffering in the fur industry. Raccoon dogs, foxes, rabbits, and mink are slaughtered and skinned for Gap Inc.'s Intermix stores despite widespread cruelty to animals who are often beaten, electrocuted, or bled to death for their fur. Please sign my petition asking Gap Inc. to go completely fur-free. If this issue sounds familiar, it's because a spokesperson for Gap Inc. said: "We are committed to the ethical sourcing of our products, which includes the humane treatment of animals," when they announced that their Piperlime stores would stop selling fur in September 2014. This was in response to a petition I created on Change.org. But they stopped short of putting this policy in place across all stores. The abhorrent physical conditions in which these animals suffer on fur factory farms lead to behaviors consistent with extreme psychological trauma such as rocking, head bobbing, self-mutilation, and even cannibalism. Wild animals trapped for their fur are caught in steel leg traps or in strangulation snares. Foxes caught in the jaws of a steel leg trap have been known to attempt to chew off their own feet in an attempt to escape. Animals are beaten, electrocuted, or have their heads stomped on before being skinned. Undercover video investigations often show animals still breathing and flinching while being skinned. Many Gap, Inc. fur products are made in China, a country with virtually nonexistent animal cruelty laws. In a particularly gut-wrenching clip from a Chinese factory, a skinned animal lifts his head and looks into the camera. Gap Inc. owns numerous stores including Banana Republic, Piperlime, Old Navy, Athleta -- all of which seem to be fur-free. If they already claim to care about humane treatment of animals, why are they allowing their Intermix stores to keep selling so many fur coats, hats, gloves, and other accessories from animals killed all over the world? I have reached out to Gap Inc. and it is clear that they care about the concerns of their customers. The same spokesperson who talked about humane treatment of animals also said they are "committed to our customers and welcome your feedback." In my correspondence, I inquired about the possibility of removing fur from the shelves of all Gap Inc. stores. After agreeing to look into the issue and get back to me, I never heard from them again. A subsequent follow up email was also never returned. So that's why I'm asking Gap Inc. to adopt a consistent fur-free policy across all its companies. Please take a stand against the heartless slaughter of animals! Sign my petition and cease to shop at any Gap Inc. store until this corporation agrees to go fur free.

Sarah Maddux
290,136 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Kelechi Anyadiegwu, Zuvaa CEO

Zuvaa Inc: Release Designers' Sales Revenue Immediately

On October 16, 2017, Zuvaa.com, a multi-vendor African fashion website with  headquarters based in Atlanta, was shut down after several months of withholding sales revenue from the designers whose Africans fashions were sold on the website. Zuvaa Inc. was founded in 2014 by Kelechi Anyadiegwu, Founder and CEO, and is also led by Adia Dightman, Head of Business Development. Since July 2017, Zuvaa Inc has refused to remit payments to its designers on the now shut-down website and past pop-up sale events, where these designers' items were sold. Reportedly, outstanding payments for sales and stock in Zuvaa's possession may exceed $300K. As a result, Zuvaa has crippled several businesses of these African fashion designers. Meanwhile Kelechi or Adia have failed to provide a definite date for payment.  The business agreement between Zuvaa and designers is that Zuvaa takes 17% commission of online sales and  25% commission of products sold at Zuvaa pop-ups. The rest of the sales revenue (83% for online and 75% for pop-ups) is to be remitted to the seller/fashion designer of the sold items within 14- 30 days after sale. However, it has been over 3 months since the last payment from Zuvaa to the affected designers. Zuvaa CEO, Kelechi Anyadiegwu, claims "Zuvaa needs to care of Zuvaa before we can help [the designers]." An official response from Kelechi (Zuvaa CEO) maintains Zuvaa's refusal to remit sales and also occurred 2 weeks after placing all designers' items for sale on the Zuvaa website at 40% off the retail price for Labor Day weekend in early September 2017. Zuvaa received an estimated 3000 plus orders from that retail weekend alone, and implored its designers to fulfill those orders. However, Zuvaa Inc fully refused to pay designers' their sales revenue from that weekend.  Zuvaa touts itself as a global marketplace for online African fashions, allowing western audiences easy access to authentic or inspired African fashions from designers all around the Diaspora. Zuvaa has been featured in The New York Times, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine and Fast Company to name a few. Kelechi Anyadiegwu has been recognized by Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 in the Retail & E-commerce Category, BET CNN and Voices of America for her contributions. Upon receiving an official demand letter for payment for product sales, Kelechi Anyadiegwu informed designers that she had spent the revenue on her business needs, and wouldn't be able to remit payments at this time.When pressed for more clarification, Kelechi emphasized that it is her business model to spend designers' revenue on her business needs, and that she had spent it all and wouldn’t be able “to help”. Additionally, Kelechi has shared the following:  Zuvaa's current business model is that "all funds Zuvaa receives goes to Zuvaa" Zuvaa Inc is an investment/marketing company. Designers selling on Zuvaa.com agreed to invest our sales revenue with her company, and that any money she lost are investment losses. However, designers never agreed to business terms that forfeit all designer sales revenue to Zuvaa. This is fraud and misappropriation of funds on a massive scale, as she is indebted to every vendor who sold items on her website and at her pop-up shops. These vendors are located in the United States, Africa and across the world. We are Chinero Nnamani YTPshop Sosome Adensecret Udianna Fashion House of Sarah Melange Mode Enagancio Ashanis and many more Help us get our money from Zuvaa. You can reach out to the affected Zuvaa designers here: zuvaavendors@gmail.com Zuvaa's contact for Kelechi (CEO) is kelechi@zuvaa.com and Adia (Head of Business Development) is adia@zuvaa.com For more stories from affected designers, read their stories on social media here Sign and share this petition to help raise awareness of Zuvaa Inc's refusal to pay designers their sales revenue. Help designers' get their money!  

Zuvaa Pay Your Designers
2,827 supporters