Pamela Ravasio, a writer and ethical consultant, takes a clear-eyed look at our little world on her blog, Shirahime. She's very good at digging into the issues and shining a big, bright light on the contradictions. She's also excellent at taking a different perspective.
Her latest post reviews a book on the FairTrade phenomenon by French author Frédéric Karpyta and applies it's ideas to the ethical fashion field. And it's a bait of an eye-opener. Ravasio has clearly seen it all before, and is unimpressed with some of the lurid claims that manufacturers and NGOs make about how FairTrade is making a difference. Her, and indeed Karpyta's point is a simple one:
"He tries to cut slack whenever possible, but at the bottom line for him the reality remains that the extra money we’re paying at the till (for FairTrade) doesn’t really get to the poorest of the poor, the small holders whose life we wanted to improve."There's a lot more in a similar light, and I recommend the entire post. Karpyta's book is sadly only available in French at the moment, which makes the Shirahima post all the more essential. Ravasio is digging out some essential thoughts and ideas on ethical fashion which we would otherwise have no access to. Shirahime is a must on my reading list. Perhaps it should be on yours too!
Read the post on Shirahime.