Live2Free Student Club Starts Dialogue On Sustainable Apparel And Social Justice Alongside Local Orange County Companies
COSTA MESA, Calif., October 28, 2016 – Vanguard University’s human rights club, Live2Free, hosted a Fair Trade Fashion Show on the evening of Thursday, October 27, on the Costa Mesa campus. Crowds of students gathered at the university’s newly opened Scott Courtyard—the runway last night for fair trade fashion awareness and clothing from local companies, including Plato’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange, Sak Saum, and others.
The global fashion industry is one of the biggest culprits of slave labor use around the globe. Human trafficking, a form of modern day slavery, is growing at a rapid rate with more than 21 million people who are victims of the growing crime. Fair trade delivers more money to people who produce the clothing, emphasizes supporting women with equal employee pay and standards like healthcare and maternity leave, and protects the environment by reducing waste, water, chemical use and GMOs.
Last night’s Fair Trade Fashion Show was specifically designed to highlight local vendors with fair trade fashion at the heart of their company. Plato’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange, Sak Saum and other buy-sell-trade companies in Orange County showcased apparel. 31 Bits and Krochet Kids also featured accessories—both companies started by Vanguard alums. All of these local vendors were on-site during the event as student attendees learned how to make informed purchasing decisions—vital knowledge for a consumer group who typically shops for affordable clothing on a college student’s budget.
Walking the recycled runway were 30 male and female Vanguard student models who showcased the clothing and accessories that was either recycled, ethically sourced or artisan made. Live2Free club students had the goal of shedding some light on this important ethical issue through this, their first Fair Trade Fashion Show.
“The global fashion industry is full of exploitive labor and even slavery. As consumers we can either be part of the problem, or the solution by buying fair trade and ethically sourced and responsible products.” said Ruthi Hoffman Hanchett, board member for Vanguard’s Live2Free club. “The student-run fair trade fashion show is an innovative way of celebrating and drawing attention to the alternative companies that sell fair trade, ethically produced fashion, and even products that give back through supporting trafficking survivors and vulnerable groups with livelihoods.”
Live2Free, a student-run club at Vanguard University, promotes human rights, social justice causes, advocates for change, and raises awareness to slow the demand for slave labor and the commercial sex trade. Live2Free also partners with Vanguard’s renowned Global Center for Women and Justice.
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Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The 2017 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #60 in the Regional Colleges West category. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu