Creatives for a Better World – because it’s up to us

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After running our education center in Antwerp for almost a decade, we have decided to take the concept fully online later this year and we couldn’t be more excited if we tried!

Doing good for others is the most normal thing in the world

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The concept of our education center was to use pop culture in all its forms to educate young people worldwide about issues such as HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ, anti-bullying and more and for this we invited creative students to come live with us in Antwerp for 3 months and work on dedicated projects and campaigns together- it worked a dream, we had fun and the young people learned something to take with them in their careers: doing good for others is the most normal thing in the world, it’s not ‘charity’ and everybody gets better from it. We had up to 4 students at a time living and working with us, mostly from Europe, but also a few from the US, South America and even Australia.

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In the last decade the world turned into a negative direction big time

Then I got thinking: what if we can make an online platform that is accessible to everybody with internet and for which they don’t have to travel to a foreign country? Not everybody has the money for that, or in some cases the parents didn’t allow their daughters (in these cases it was always about girls) to do this. And these people also have good, creative ideas, so why not use that power?

In the last decade the world turned into a negative direction big time: a move to the extreme right and dictatorships, climate change catastrophes (and climate change denials from the same right wing people), fast fashion getting out of hand production-wise and the need for sustainability coming to the forefront (this last thing is a positive evolution, obviously), violence against and trafficking with women and children, hate against the LGBTQ community, religions turning back to the Stone Ages… the list is endless.

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I’m not someone who is very much interested in politics or religion, as they seem to be ruled by money and greed most of the time and not by idealism, but what I AM interested in -and have been since I was a little girl- is how to make the world a better place. In my opinion, everybody can do their bit and all together this will create change. But what exactly is that ‘bit’ and how to apply it locally and maybe eventually also on a macro level?

A few months ago I had a lightbulb moment: let’s build an online platform with interested partners, take a dedicated part of an important social issue (mostly taken from the Sustainable Development Goals by the UN), explain the situation and the problem at hand and ask everybody to supply creative solutions for that issue. That can be done by text, video, fashion, art, whatever they like. After we collect all these solutions, we choose the best and most practical ones and start to share the hell out of them worldwide, together with our network of media, organizations and private people.

I hear so many times that young people are lazy and selfish, not interested in helping others

We will say: look, here are 5 solutions to this social issue that you can easily apply at home, in your community, at school… choose the one(s) you like best and get going! And please share this with your network, because many hands make light work. We ARE the change. We ARE the power.

I hear so many times that young people are lazy and selfish, not interested in helping others, only want to buy the latest cell phones and don’t care much about the future of the world, but I found the contrary to be true. What I do understand is that many people (both young and old) feel powerless and anxious right now,  because so much is happening over their heads and they have no influence on this at all, except maybe by going on a march or strike. This way we CAN make the world a better place- step by step, issue by issue.

We’re now contacting well-known designers and artists to become Ambassadors

Ideally, this platform grows large and has many supporters, as this way the change will also be more substantial. I believe that 95% of all humans are good people, so if we can group say 10% of them… just imagine! Will you join us?

The CBW project is still in its infancy – we’re now contacting well-known designers and artists to become Ambassadors and Advisors and global media and organizations to help us with online sharing.

When this is in place (by spring, we envision) we will contact potential funders and technical partners such as digital and social strategy agencies.

If you have feedback or suggestions, please contact me.

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Kindest regards,

Ninette

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#SustainableFinds – January 2020

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January news collection about sustainability and related topics

Regularly we publish articles, we have found in our research on the subject of sustainable fashion or related topics, on our social media channels. The articles here on #SustainableFinds are a monthly selection which we recommend to read on the publisher’s website. The content need not necessarily correspond to the mission of Gwand. We want to create consciousness with knowledge, this is what we mean by #GWANDEducation. The GWAND Sustainable Fashion Festival is a non-profit organization. On our blog or on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest) you will find more exciting articles on the topics.

Note: We have not been paid by the publisher or anyone else for sharing these articles.

#FashionRevolution – Article from and by Fashion Revolution

2019: A Year in Fashion Revolution

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#WhoMadeMyClothes – Article from Ecotextile News by Chris Remington

Garment workers’ organisation calls for greater protection

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#SustainableFashion – Article from Fashion United UK by Marjorie van Elven

2019 recap: is the fashion industry becoming more sustainable?

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#SustainableFashion – Article from ASVOF text by Silvia Bombardini

Bethany Williams, fall 2020

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#Tailoring – Article from our collaboration partner IFA Paris

The Art of Being a Tailor in Paris

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#MicroPlastic – Article from the Guardian by Stephen Buranyi

What scientists can see and measure, in landfills and on beaches, is only a small fraction of the total plastic entering the water.

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#Recycling – William Amor: an artist who makes garbage bloom!

Found by research on YouTube via POSITIVOM‘s

#Diversity – Article from ITV

Portrait Positive aims to change perception of beauty in collaboration with photographer Rankin

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#SustainabeDevelopment – Articel from Vogue UK by Ellie Pithers

5 Indispensible Tips For Fashion Brands Seeking To Make Sustainable Changes

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#SustainableDevelopment – Article from Forbes by Katie Baron

Retail Futures: 9 Trends, Strategies And Innovation Opportunities To Set 2020 Alight

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#CircularEconomy – Article from Fashion United UK by Simone Preuss

WRAP presents ECAP findings on circular fashion and textiles

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#CircularEconomy – Article from Ecotextile News by John Mowbray

Textiles should be made from cellulose-based waste

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#Investment – Articel from Forbes by Isabel Togoh

Rental And Resale Are Hot. But Sustainable Fashion Needs A $30 Billion Investment Behind The Scenes

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#Investment – Articel from World Economic Forum Davos by  & 

6 ways to drive funding to transform the fashion industry

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#Awareness – Articel from World Economic Forum Davos by 

Forget retail therapy – this is the age of the conscious consumer

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#Innovations – Articel from inhabitat by 

PANGAIA presents FLWRDWN, a down alternative made from biodegradable wildflowers

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#Cotton – Article from panapress

Burkina Faso inaugurated its first organic cotton ginning plant

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#FastFashion – “How Toxic Are My Clothes? – (A Documentary by Wilson Oryema)”

Found by research on YouTube via Wilson Oryema

#FastFashion – Article from The Wall Street Journal by Dana Thomas

The High Price of Fast Fashion

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