Category Archives: Sustainability

What do you call a jacket that catches on fire? A blazer! – Fashion Revolution Week 2021

Fashion Revolution Week 2021 may be over, but it’s not the end for us all to keep thinking about #whomademyclothes and #swapdontshop

Thanks to UC Sustainability, UC Wellbeing, OpSoc and the amazing team at the Te Rua Makerspace for helping make some awesome events happen last week!

We had heaps of students participate in the clothes swap – we hope you were able to take home some pre-loved goodies!

We also ran the darning and alterations workshop – a big thank you to local creative Steven Junil Park for coming along and sharing some valuable tips and tricks on how to make your clothes last!

If you didn’t manage to get along to these events, don’t fret! You can still contribute to fashion sustainability in many different ways. Head over to UC Sustainability on Facebook or Instagram to find out more or check out our interactive Opshop Map here

Darn! Do you have clothes that need fixing?

Don’t throw out clothes with small holes and tears, come and learn how you can fix them at home!

UC Sustainability in partnership with OpSoc, UCSA and UC Wellbeing are running a darning and alterations workshop this Thursday 6th May from 10am-12pm in the Te Rua Makerspace, located in Puaka-James Hight L2.

Bring along your clothes (maybe some you picked up at the Clothes Swap on Wednesday) and our talented creatives will show you how to either darn (hand-sew) or use the sewing machines to alter and/or mend your clothes. How exciting!

#lovedclotheslast #fashionrevolution #whomademyclothes

Sign for Freedom and take action against modern slavery!

Be a part of the student movement for passing a Modern Slavery Act in Aotearoa, with activations happening on campus next week!

Trade Aid and World Vision are asking tertiary students all around Aotearoa to simultaneously sign the petition to urge our Government to pass a Modern Slavery Act in New Zealand.

Why is a Modern Slavery Act important?

40 million people globally are in modern slavery. Unlike many other countries, New Zealand has no legislation that requires companies to undertake due diligence looking into the risks of modern slavery within their supply chains and taking actions to address those risks.
Modern Slavery legislation is a key way for New Zealand companies to work together to eliminate modern slavery in private and public sector supply chains.

As a UC student you can take action and show your support by:

What is Modern Slavery?

Modern slavery is the severe exploitation of other people for personal or commercial gain. Modern slavery is a human rights violation with exploitation at its heart. Forced labour, human trafficking, sexual exploitation and debt bondage are forms of modern slavery.

Why do we need a Modern Slavery Act?

There are more people in slavery now than in any other time in history. Modern slavery is in the clothes you wear, the coffee you drink and the goods you love. The world is small and interconnected. Every time we purchase a product there is a chain reaction felt around the world. Clothing. Sugar. Electronics. No country or industry is unaffected.

It’s time to make slavery in our products history. Modern Slavery Acts make it easier for a consumer to expect slavery-free products and services from companies. They help prevent slavery through transparency and accountability. They require businesses to understand the risks of modern slavery in their purchasing, to report on those risks and take action to address them. They give the business community guidance and a level playing field.

What is the petition and it’s ask?

Trade Aid and World Vision respectfully request that the House of Representatives, as a matter of urgency, enacts Modern Slavery legislation that requires public and private entities to report on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chains, and on the actions they are taking to address those risks.

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