Stephanie Hepburn is a journalist and the founder of Good Cloth, an ethical online store that focuses on items that are produced in a way that is kind to workers and the planet. While writing her most recent book, Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight, she was motivated to combine fashion and human rights into one venture, Good Cloth. This venture is an endeavor to fill a gap in the marketplace by evaluating the entire journey of a product and ensuring transparency from start to finish. Stephanie's goal is to generate interest in labor exploitation and forced labor and to help create positive change.
As Good Cloth is beginning to grow, I caught up with Stephanie to ask her a few questions about her inspiration and thoughts on the sustainability movement.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START GOOD CLOTH?
I started Good Cloth because I want to make change in the garment industry and spread awareness on the topic of labor exploitation in a positive way. As a journalist I have written about labor exploitation and human trafficking for years and it seemed that only a niche audience was listening. Meaning, I was preaching to the choir. That doesn't really trigger change or at least not in mainstream society, and that limits the degree of change that can take place. At the same time I was separately writing about fashion, an industry where exploitation is rampant. This further encouraged me to change my personal way of shopping.
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