On 30 April I attended one of the North London Sustainability Network events, which was focused on sustainable and ethical fashion. There was an impressive line-up of environmental champions, that included speakers – Sian Conway from Ethical Hour; Jennifer Holloway, CEO, Fashion Enter; Leigh McAlea, Head of Communications, from the UK charity, TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development) and many more voices.
It was McAlea’s talk about one of TRAID’s successful projects in Ethiopia, supporting the farmers here to grow sustainable and certified organic cotton, that struck a chord and got me thinking. TRAID’s work here has been a great success, not just for the local community, but for the environment. Where, in 2018, 200 of the 2,800 farmers TRAID has supported over the past four years were certified organic, the first ever in Ethiopia. While the remaining 2,600 are well on their way to becoming officially organic.