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Pants to Poverty page - Jobs to Poverty page - Poverty Bonds page

Change the world one pair of pants at a time, buying them from a democratic welfare state like the UK.
It's possible to buy all the parts, including raw microfibre, made in the UK, but there isn't a cheap range of welfare state pants in the shops. This site might help.

The three titles above - pants to poverty, jobs to poverty, and poverty bonds, are links to separate pages.

Pants to Poverty home page - this one - starts with a list of pants suppliers and goes on to some opinions and facts about previous government PR initiatives, which encouraged taxpayers to buy goods from countries without a welfare state. Pants to Poverty used to be part of a PR initiative by free-trade enthusiasts who wanted more goods to be made outside of any kind of welfare state, and didn't want national insurance for countries like India or Bangladesh. The initiative included Ethical Fashion Forum, who shared a subsidised office with Pants to Poverty, and Futerra Communications, an advertising agency who specialise in "social proof" and did a lot of work for government in the 2000s. There were various favours from government departments like exhibitions and use of press offices, and small grants from the Department for International Development and London Development Agency. who helped fund the address in Tower Hamlets where the Pants office got cheap rent, until leaving just ahead of a visit by Tower Hamlets Trading Standards department about pants charged-for but not delivered. That's when one of their most loyal backers, The Guardian newspaper, published a story - "Pants to Poverty Looses its Ethical Stance", and the pants web site closed in May 2016.

The Poverty Bonds pages is a careful timeline of accounts at companies house and the charities commission, along with some quotes from customers about the previous pants to poverty business. It's a page of evidence and linked fact.

Jobs to Poverty is a page of ideas for more types of jobs and better jobs on the UK.

Buy from a welfare state - National Insurance - The official pants scheme failed

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wholesale made to order underwear - fabric or made-up garments with the customers' label