Last Weekend we got into Eline’s Hybrid for a ride from Oslo, over Hardangervidda, all the way to Bergen, where a small bunch of women and men got to tough, feel, try on, and buy our products, while enjoying each others company and a few glasses of something good.
Over the Mountain
It was a perfect ride over Hardangervidda. In Norwegian we call it “trollsk”.. the best English word would be “bewitching”.
So what is a Tupperware party?
Definition: a socialgathering invented by the company Tupperware in the 1950’s, where the host(ormoretypicallyhostess)entertainedtheguests,andprovidesthem with an opportunity to orderTupperware.
Just Fashion is a whole other company with another agenda, but the concept is the same, to let people relax and have the time to hear our stories and talk to us, one on one.
When you get to tough and feel things in a relaxed setting with your friends, we hope you also get that sense of higher value that our products carry. The stories and the time spent making them, will always be a part of the product you take with you home. Or the product you order and have to wait for, for it to be made.
Over the mountain again and back
On the way back everything had changed.
Just in the course of that Weekend, the mountrain-tops went white…
Back in Oslo
We must say that we are so pleased with meeting new people and talking about our goal with this company. We want to travel more. If you are more than 10 people and want to make the same kind of experience, let us know (in Norwegian if you like), and we will try to come:)
China was the birthplace of porcelain making, and it’s been found in the shape that we know today, as early as the 206 BC (the Han Dynasty).
Marco Polo was one of the first Europeans to learn about porcelain, but it didn’t enter the European marked until around 1517.
In these ancient times, it was very expensive and only used by the rich and famous.
Natural ancient process
Porcelain is a ceramic material, made by heating materials in a kiln to temperatures between 1,200 and 1,400 °C. The end result is always a surprise, since the colour constantly changes during the process. Kaolin is the primary material from which porcelain is made, but also clay minerals normally account for a small proportion of the whole.
Porcelain is a strong material and will last a long time! You can find proof of that in ancient ruins in the Middle East, and also in the fact that is is still used in making of teeth. The toughness, strength and translucency comes mainly from vitrification at the high temperatures it goes through.
Porcelain conserve its colour and characteristics for a long time. Words that describe it is: hard, tough, completely vitrified, whiteness, translucency, resonance. and a high resistance to chemical attack and thermal shock.
The Porcelain collection
Dutch Basics was inspired by China and the far East, and wanted to merge this with its own classic simplicity. The collection was developed in collaboration with Chantal Lensink and Gaby van Deutekom. I is also done in collaboration with a small Dutch workshop, where people with disadvantages get a chance to work in their own pace. The silver and gold pieces are made in Dutch Basics permanent jewelry workshop in Portugal.
“Despite great strides made by the international women’s rights movement over many years, women and girls around the world are still married as children or trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery. They are refused access to education and political participation, and some are trapped in conflicts where rape is perpetrated as a weapon of war. Around the world, deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth are needlessly high, and women are prevented from making deeply personal choices in their private lives”
Human Rights Watch
The Gender Gap
At Just Fashion we fight for gender and race-equality. We believe that everybody should have equal rights to make the same choices in their lives, which is not nearly the case today.
Based in Norway, Just Fashion are one of the lucky ones, at 3rd place in the Global Gender Gap Report for 2014, only beaten by Iceland and Finland.
It’s much worse for countries further down on the scale, like Nepal on 112th place, and all the way down to Yemen, at 154th place, the last one.
Supporting women through your fashion buys
Several designers at Just Fashion are working with women in countries further down on this list, and they make sure that
their factories and workshops strengthen women’s rights
giving not only minimum wage but also living wage
making sure that they have good working conditions and that the women are heard
Outside Kathmandu in Nepal our designers Abareness have taken part in a project where women, because of their caste, cannot leave their village. By giving them the opportunity to work from home, their economy and status is strengthened. These products are now unfortunately sold out, but we are hoping there are new projects to come.
A global survey of 1,119 women’s rights organization from over 140 countries showed that only 1 in 10 received funding from bilateral donors, national governments and international non-government organizations. Meanwhile only 6.9% received funding from UN Women. (Source: AWID Global Survey “Where is the money for women’s rights?” 2011) Source
Just Fashion designers supporting women
By supporting designers who make sure that women get paid, not only minimum, but also a living wage, you can take part in slowly changing a mentality in countries where women rarely get a say. And in other countries, like Germany, Norway and the Netherlands, you will give a share to women in professions that are not considered prestigious or important.
Here are the designers you should buy from at Just Fashion to make sure you support women in some way.
Makes sure that the women in the bigger knitting factory have good working conditions and living wage pay. In addition, Abareness is actively supporting educational projects that doesn’t discriminate between girls and boys, through their #coolkidsneedscleanwater project.
Supports independent craftswomen in Netherlands. In addition, she only use women of all ages, and with focus on their thoughts, ambitions and aspirations in her lookbook campaigns, and by doing so, shows another side of fashion than the too young clothing hanger-model.
Karen Pederstad is the designer behind Retusj, also made by hand by the designers herself in her studio in Oslo.
Almost everybody involved in Just Fashion are women , and our founder is a woman. By supporting us, you also support our fight to find more designers who believe in gender and race-equality, regardless of their gender.
Learn more about gender equality
This video from World Economic Forum tells a short version of why the report about gender equality is important
The designers at Just Fashion can tell you a lot of stories, still their products also speek for themselves. Together we work towards full control and transparency in every aspect of the journey our products take. Here are some of them, take a look.
If you think of it, during a day, we have a huge amount of choices when we are shopping. And everything is about this:
How we buy what we need
How we use and maintain what we have bought
How we get rid of what we have, when we can no longer use it
In 2013, there where produced as much as 85,4 million tons of textile fibers worldwide, and the number increases dramatically each year. So every move we do as consumers helps. From which fabric you choose to begin with when you buy something new, to how you wash it, and how you get rid of it in the end. A great way to start is to think about it at the store.
If you choose a non-biodegradable textile like polyester, spandex, nylon, and rayon, and it does not have a good recycling system, it will end up on landfills and can take from 20 to 200 years to fully biodegrade. We know that sometimes we love those products we find in the wrong materials, and sometimes it is better to choose a pant in polyester than in cotton because it may last much longer with wear and tear, but off course the best thing would be both at once.
Composting biodegradble textiles
We are making a series of blog-posts about where you can put things that die, telling you how to reuse/recycle /up-cycle them, and how to get rid of them in the end. Today we will talk about organic matter and how long it takes for them to biodegrade. It is the easiest textile to biodegrade, but it still needs to be put in the right environment though!
Choose ecological, and you can be sure that the whole process is without chemicals, also what ends up in your garden or on your plants. Coloured materials are OK to compost, but sometimes they can contain small amounts of chemicals if they are not coloured in an organic way.
Cotton is one of the easiest textiles to biodegrade, especially if it is 100 % cotton. In a compost bin, it can biodegrade as fast as in a week, but also as long as 5 months.
Wool normally biodegrade in the course of a year, but can also take up to 5 years to biodegrade, depending on the tratment and type of wool.
Less than a year, sometimes a little more.
Also easy to brake down in to soil. It can take as short as two weeks to 6 months.
Is a plantmaterial, usually not processed the way some of the materials mentioned above are. In most cases it uses really short amount of time to biodegrade, around a week to a month.
Up to a year, but sometimes longer.
Composting process – how to do it!
Making a compost bin
If you have room for it, you could make your own compost bin, and your clothes can in time become natural fertilizer for you garden. A simpe search on Pinterest got us all these different ways to build your own compost bin. Big or small garden, you will find a DIY guide here.
Making an indoor compost bin
Many of us don’t have a garden, but the good news are that it is possible to make it work indoors as well!
It was time for an upgrade, and finally it is here! Just Fashion have a brand new package to shine in.
We are so greatfull to our collaborators, Studio Netting for their great work! We recommend them to the world!
Our core is the same, as are our goals, giving you high quality products from designers with great core values. We will continue to tell you about our relationship with them, how we work together, and how we try to build our network of great suppliers and production sites.
We need change
“Second to oil, fashion and textiles is the most polluting industry in the world. Every stage in a garment’s life threatens our planet and its resources. It can take more than 20,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of cotton, equivalent to a single t-shirt and pair of jeans. Up to 8,000 different chemicals are used to turn raw materials into clothes, including a range of dyeing and finishing processes. And what becomes of the clothing that doesn’t sell, falls apart or goes out of style? More often than not, it is discarded in giant landfills. How can the fashion industry become more sustainable?”
BoF, Business of Voices
Just Fashion continues
Like Business of Fashion, and their great site for debate and discussions around new solutions, Business of Fashion Voices, we will try to keep up and make steps in a better direction every day. The world is changing fast, and each time we do our choices we make a difference. We got so much more power than we think.
We hope you will continue to enjoy our concept and vision. Ask us questions. Give us feedback. And take part in moving things.