Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Mitch Varcoe, embody National Campaigns and Resourcing Manager
The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) estimates that between November 15 and December 24 this year, Australians will spend $48.1 billion on Christmas shopping. Every year we are spending more and more on Christmas gifts, but are we stopping to think about the costs of the gift choices that we are making?
We spend more on clothes in this country than any other country in the world. The majority of our spending happens at fast fashion chains, which have questionable practices when it comes to working conditions and environmental awareness. More than 1 billion people work in the fashion industry – and the majority of them are women, earning less than $3 a day. The fashion industry is the second biggest polluter, second only to the oil industry. We spend so much money on mass produced and cheaply made products, which are enclosed in harmful packaging, and produce significant waste.
embody Christmas Choices is a campaign that aims to encourage and empower people to make conscious and sustainable gift choices this Christmas. There are many companies who are working towards ethical production. They aim to provide a living wage to their workers, safer environments for them to work in, as well as working towards more environmentally sustainable products and practices in their supply chain.
So as you go about your shopping in the next few weeks, make sure you keep this in mind as you consider your gift choices this year. Look out for our posts on Facebook (@embodyAU) and Instagram to learn more about how you can make responsible choices this Christmas. We will be sharing some profiles of companies who we feel embody these values.
You can also download a GMP guide on ethical consuming from here: http://bit.ly/GMPethicalConsuming
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