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Update from the UCRF Reading Group

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Blogroll / Reading Group

The UCRF reading group opened its digital doors on 30th April 2021. With the participation of 17 attendees, the first gathering explored how to create an activist knowledge ecology in order to foster critical thinking and build collective consciousness. Reflecting on the UCRF’s manifesto and code of conduct, we discussed how to diversify the voices and ensure social and environmental justice in and across fashion value chains so we could move beyond resource depletion toward a paradigm […]

UCRF – Member of the Month – Olga Johnston

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Member of the Month

UCRF is running a ‘Member of the Month’ feature on this blog, where a member, selected at random from the membership database, is sent five questions to give us all an overview of our members. Our eighth participant is Olga Johnston. >How would you sum up your research / practice? I am an educator, journalist and a stylist, focusing on activating sustainable & circular fashion discourse and action in Russia since 2017, which, I guess, […]

Local Assembly Buenos Aires, Argentina

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How to accelerate sustainability from the integration of unheard voices? April 7, 2021, the first UCRF Local Assembly in Buenos Aires took place with 23 participants started with to opening questions: Why is the process towards sustainability in textiles and fashion so – so – slow?Who are the voices we are not listening to? Some of the reflections: Fashion is a very permeable industry for people who want to do business, explore their creativity, without […]

Fashion Revolution, 2021

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Living in India, I have seen the suffering with which garment workers walked hundreds of kilometers back to their villages after Western brands refused to pay for the goods they had ordered in the weeks and months before Covid-19 hit. The workers would have died of hunger in the cities. They walked home to the village to at least have a roof over their heads. The major brands in the US and Europe cancelled and/or […]

Earth Day 2021

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This Earth Day let us reinvigorate relationships with the earth.  Despite the ecological violence that is systematically metered out to earth systems by human activities, the earth still contains the deep codes which are necessary to sustain life. We can learn from these codes. We can also bring them into our contemporary lives. At UCRF we recognise that we must act to make life, including our fashion life, ecologically rich and diverse. On this day […]