EARTHBACK & GREENWILL

YEAH FIRST!
EARTHBACK is the first german company that becomes a part of the GREENWILL Community. 
Together for a green globe!



with great thanks to GREENWILL !
“Earthback enables creative people to realize their own ideas and designs by financing, producing and marketing the final product.

For this German company, sustainability is a priority which appears clearly in its statement “I WANT MY EARTH BACK™”. The products are produced with fairness, natural materials and ethically right behavior.

We are very proud to welcome EARTHBACK among the GREENWILL members! Thank you for pledging GREENWILL and for their efforts for a greener earth.”

For more information about GREENWILL visit  http://greenwill.org/de

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Fashion Revolution Day

“WHO MADE YOUR CLOTHES ” is the motto of the first FASHION REVOLUTION DAY in 2014. From this year on, always on the 24th of April people around the world will raise their voices for ethical working conditions. The initial driver for this event was the factory collapse in Bangladesh.

It is intended to contribute to an increasing awareness of the true cost of fashion and to show the world that change is possible, and thus everybody can contribute for a sustainable future.

The FASHION REVOLUTION DAY’s mission is to bring everyone together to achieve something big together.

The slogan “Who makes your clothes?” is a simple gesture asking to wear the clothing items inside out , so #InsideOut , to confront people and inspire them to ask this question themselves while buying clothing.

Of course, the day was also celebrated in the capital of Germany – Berlin. A flashmob was held to support the FASHION REVOLUTION DAY in public. It was organized, among others, by the dancers from the Flying Steps Academy in Berlin.

Have a look what happened at the event, we made a little short-cut especially for you!

Chirrup Chirrup … new stuff in the shop!

“Individually, sweet, attractive, flighty and made ​​with lots of love for the environment? – This is börd shört“!

Behind Börd Shört hides a young fashion label that is specialized in favorite items made from organic cotton. Very responsible.

The processed cotton fabrics are also GOTS certified and the items are processed in a small German family business. Ecologically, fair, socially and local that is even more responsible. Check this out!

To learn more about the label Börd Shört, just follow the link. It is worth it!

You want to have fun while shopping? Go to www.earthback.com….

In our opinion, all the cute girls out there should wear Börd Shört ;)

Your EARTH BACK-Team

http://www.earthback.com/boerd-shoert/

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EARTHBACK by future.feat

Jan, our first young designer of our sylefunding program, now started his project aiming for a greener BMX and skater scene.
Hereby, he is actively supported by our EARTHBACK-Team.

Are you also interested? Become a fan of the project on startnext and bring future.feat in the next phase. As a fan you can also participate in the voting for the final prints.
PLEASE SUPPORT on http://www.startnext.de/futurefeat

Are you also a creative mind? Then become a designer yourself and send us your idea right away. You can find information about our Stylefunding program You can find information about our Stylefunding program here.

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Just arrived = the icing on the cake!

“For us sustainability means that clothes should not be out of fashion after 6 months. We strive for a high degree of timelessness in our styles. For this reason, the FORMAT collection is partially independent of seasons”.

We think this is a great interpretation of sustainability, and also very, very, very nice people. For this reason we are proud to now be able to offer selected styles of the Berlin based designer label FORMAT in our shop. Check it out!

What is behind the label FORMAT, you will find out if you follow the link: http://www.earthback.com/format-favourites/

Already excited what we will present you next week?

Sunny Greetings from Berlin,
Your EARTH BACK-Team

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Yeeeha, it’s done!

It took a little while and quiet it was around EARTH BACK, but the wait was worth it. We were diligent and show that today with our own online shop for good and sustainable styles. If that’s not fair…

YOU WANT YOUR EARTH BACK? – SO GET YOUR EARTH BAG!

From now on, you can load the functional bag into your cart under www.earthback.com. We will also provide you week after week with new interesting labels, fair Styles and background information. Thus, we are continually expanding our range and you can participate. The first piece of our “never ending cream pie” we serve you already today … check it out!

How do you find the shop? Is it worth a LIKE or rather a SHARE? Just COMMENT…

We are looking forward to your feedback,

Your EARTH BACK-Team

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Inhuman working conditions , continuation of the story about the Sumangali girls

In our last post we have already dealt with the Sumangali system in India. Nevertheless we need to look at it more closely, so we thought this topic is worth another blog!

As already mentioned, girls in the Sumangali system are living and working in inhuman conditions. They are treated as slaves and are at the mercy of this exploitative system. An initiative in the state of Tamil Nadu has proposed standards for Sumangali girls: In an area of about ten by ten feet should not live more than twelve girls and share a toilet, a sink, a bucket and a mug!

Maybe you should read this sentense a second time…after all this should be a suggested improvement! This enables us to see how the circumstances might be for this girls. As women of the western world it´s hard to imagine that other women have to abandon themselves in such humiliation.

The so-called ILO labor and social standards defined by the International Labor Organization can provide for certain contitions, in terms of working conditions. Since 1919, this organization have been campaining for the rights of workers around the world – the aim is the indroduction of  minimum social standards worldwide.

These standards can be classified into four basic principles:

  • Freedom of association and right to collective bargaining
  • Elimination of forced labor
  • Abolition of child labor
  • Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

These principles are embodied concretely in further conventions, the outcome of this are the ILO core labor standards. They are regarded as so-called universal human rights…but the question is now: if there are such conventions, how then is it possible that despite everything people still are exploited!? These ILO standards are only legally binding if they are ratified by the member states.

It is sad to see that this organization has been trying for what felt like eternity to enforce these standards for a social and fair interpretation and implementation of globalization, as well as the creation of decent work – important standards as prerequisite for poverty reduction. This should actually be in the interests of all, but unfortunately many nations and major corporations still shirk from it, they don´t want to face up to this responsibility and ignore such standards skillfully. This may explain why, for example, conditions such as in India can prevail

More information about the ILO labor standards can be found:

http://www.ilo.org/berlin/lang–de/index.htm

The Earthbag is coming!

Finally, the long waiting is over…the preparations for shipment have lasted longer than expected, but now we actually managed it.

Today, we are happy to announce that the EARTHBAGs will be dispatched and will arrive in a few days. I hope you will forgive us the delays.

Please feel heartly invited to post a picture with your EARTHBAG to our facebook fanpage. We are excited to see how it looks on you.

Inhuman working conditions

Sadly, fire in factories, child labor and inhuman working conditions are an everyday occurance in the textile industry. An important question is: How do these people who make clothes for us in India, Bangladesh, etc, live and work?

We can hardly imagine what risks people are exposed to in the so-called low-wage countries just to offer us consumers in the western world one t-shirt at low prieces…fortunately, through their revealing reporting media and organisations call attention to the abuses in the production and processing of textiles in low-wage countries – we as society can and should no longer close our eyes to the facts.

An example of inhuman working conditions in low-wage countries is the Sumangali system in India … Sumangali means „happy bride“. Young girls (15 years and older) are deployed and exploited as cheap labor in factories. They are hired as „apprentices“, thus they receive a low wage and the promise to be paid out a fixed sum (about 400-800€) after three to five years. This money can serve as a dowry for the marriage. The problem with this system is that many girls do not persevere, but dropped out after one to two years and did not even receive a part of the promised wage bill. The girls are treated as slaves and have been systematically sealed-off, and frequently work for 10 to 12 hours per day. They are overtired due to night shift and overtime, they have not a day off and are not allowed to leave the factory premises. Generally, these girls do not get holiday and may return home to their families only twice a year for one to two days. While working they are under constant pressure, each working step is noted and who is late for work, gets the daily wage deducted.

These women are at the mercy of the (arbitrariness of) male supervisor. One speaks of verbal abuse and sexual harassment…also rape! No rights, the constant pressure and the slave-like conditions drive the girls commiting suicide… – these are just some examples of how the conditions for women working under the Sumangali system in india look like. Sumangali is a form of debt bondage or slavery…for us in the western world it is difficult to imagine, but for indian women it is cruel reality.

An exemplary organization campaigning for the economic, social and cultural rights of women is the non-profit association FEMNET e.V. : www.femnet-ev.de

EARTHBAG is coming sooooner …

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We are feeling incredibly sorry that the delivery of the EARTHBAGs did not go as planned. We thank you for your understanding and patience. But the waiting will come to an end soon.  Because next week at this time the first EARTHBAGs will be prepared for shipping :D finally!
We hope that you will like the EARTHBAG as much as we do, so that the long wait has been worth it.

I WANT MY EARTH BACK – soon we can show that message on the streets of this earth, provided that the zipper of the bag is open ;)