By Mike Atkinson
Could your school be the first in WA to use fair trade uniforms? Hazelbrook Primary, NSW has set the example by becoming the first Australian school to don sustainable clothing.
Hazelbrook’s lead has sparked interest from schools across the country who now want Fairtrade certified uniforms – which ensures workers involved in making the shirts are treated fairly and paid a decent wage.
The shirts – made from 50% plastic bottles – are made by Change Threads, a clothing supplier in NSW, then made at a factory in India and shipped back to Australia.
Hazelbrook Primary School students show off their new uniform. Credit: ABC
It’s a story that is more prominent after Target and Kmart came under fire for selling $2 school uniforms in the lead up to the start of term in January – paying Bangledeshi workers a wage as little as $97 a month.
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Director of Vose Leadership and Drive’s relationship Guru, Monica O’Neil said it’s important that we all understand where our clothes come from – not just our children’s school uniforms.
“I can’t any way that hearing about this isn’t an opportunity to think, or to foster conversations and for kids to have their awareness raised as to where things come from.
“Milk doesn’t actually originally come from the shelf the supermarket, and it doesn’t hurt to learn where that comes from, or who’s involved in that, and which parts of creation are involved. “
98five’s promotional clothing is made by Freeset – who offer employment to women trapped in Kolkata’s sex trade.