Posts Tagged fairtrade

Recyling Charity Boom In Credit Crunch Society

The charity organisation TRAID is now fast becoming the most popular way to purchase and recycle clothes, with its new range unveiled last friday it shows that the organisation if flurishing in the credit crunch.traid

TRAID or Textile Recycle for Aid and International Development, since its launch in 1999 it has donated more than $2 million to projects in underdeveloped regions around the globe, including Darfur, Sudan. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam. The organisation helps to tackle the 900,000 tons of textile waste produced in Britain every year! Traidremade is slowly becoming one of the biggest fashion labels to have, using old materials to create fantastic new original pieces. Though the organisation manages to through all its eliments into one big basket with Traid, Traidremade and Traid Second hand to create a wounderfly appealing clothes shop.

traid-logo The Traid logo is most recognisable to most people from the recycling banks that it has placed in local communities, though unlike most clothes recyling facilities you can enquire on their website for one to be placed somewhere close to your local community.

The organisation is such that it’s donations are able to be used for providing clean water and sanitation facilities, distributing essential items (blankets, utensils and clean clothing) and the movement to reduce the people’s dependency on aid through training schemes and providing animals and farming tools in 3rd world countries. This link with charity work has given it a large attractioin by the fashion community because you can be seen to be buying a fashionable  brand whilst also doing something good for the developing countries and the environment.  Its not only charitable and environmentaly friendly but its quite cheap and at this point in the credit crunch that makes these charity shops even more apealing to the every day person.  Though celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan lindsay-lohan-traid have been seen to be supporting this new and exciting brand which has recently become even more established in London by opening yet another store to mark their 10th anniversary. It is to be their  flagship store in retro mecca, Camden  and it will be opened on Thursday 7th May. Because of the central location of this new store it is expected to find la crème de la crème of designer, vintage as well as the company’s Traidremade label.

There Traidremade label has had its own success in the past week with their catwalkshow Traidremade collection featuring new hand crafted asymmetric dresses, bags which are customised from old leathers, signature hand-printed tee shirts and dresses. Paul Kirkwood, head of design at Traidremade said,

“Every Traidremade garment is made using clothes and textiles that would otherwise go to landfill, and all the profits raised support international development projects to fight poverty. Truly fashion with a conscience.”

So in our credit crunch time, were people are spending drastic amounts of money on cheap clothes that will get worn once, has Traid found the perfect way to help people spend less and make them think more of what happens with their clothes after they have worn it. Whilst also creating a brand name that people are feeling is fashionable enough to be up there with Burbery and Gap! This brand is deffinatly going from strength to strength through its unique marketing and identity it is slowly becoming the clothing brand of the credit crunch.

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Starbucks now part of the Online World…coffee anyone?

Like many companies on the internet Starbucks have gone in head first and are continuing to try and create their online community. Their sites have been growing in number over the years, with the most recent one being Starbucks V2V which has been introduced by the company to promote their volunteer work among staff and customers.starbucksv2v It is a site to try and build not just a community feeling among staff but to make the customers feel that they are part of it all and able to make a difference in the local and wider community. Starbucks even went as far as to create a youtube channel in 2005 which has meant that they have been able to show this community relationship by posting video’s from their corporate expeditions to the Farmer’s in Costa Rica and their stories.

The company have many different sites and each is unique to the company’s country clientele a couple of examples are the uk and german sites. The international one is the oneuntitled5 with most of the social networking links on it to bring customers to regard Starbucks as not just as a cafe but as an online commmunity. It has links such as Twitter, Facebook, my starbucks idea and Starbucks Red each with their own community and social networking aspects. Starbucks Idea is a unique website in that its just there to get the customers idea’s and perspectives to influence the company, it gives people the ability to vote on ideas that are put forward by Starbucks employee’s. I am sure that there are some area’s of the site that get more involvement by visitor’s than other’s, but this ability to have power or at least the illusion of power means that maybe the customers are more likely to visit the actual stores to see whats happening. The question here is that do they actually make any changes thanks to these opinions?

The company are talked about on many different sites, including blogs that discuss their new product via ready brew and ones that look at how they are leading the ways in fairtrade coffee. Why not have a look around them, to see what this coffee shop has done to use social networking to its advantage?

What could it do to make these better? In my opinion this would be by making their site more like skittle to encorporate all these different sites they have, it would also make it a lot easier to travel between several ones. Maybe create a more Starbucks Zone with links to the international sites and the country orientated ones to make it more of a world wide community.

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