PantsPants to Poverty - Underwear Shopping
Pants to Poverty - Jobs&Acknowledgements
Pants to Poverty - Bond&IP&Ethical Fashion

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 above, including - shopping, jobs, and poverty bonds, are links to separate pages. The shopping page lists some sites where you can buy pants made in a democratic welfare state; the jobs page lists some ideas for reducing UK poverty apart from the welfare state, and the bonds page shows accounts of previous companies that sold poverty bonds and got a tone of favours and subsidies from ministries and journalists and development experts who are so ignorant that they don't know how to reduce poverty.

This page just lists some other ways of creating happiness and jobs than the stuff about UK manufacturing, namely going vegan or vegetairan, saying something about fairtrade, organic, and staff-owned production. Someone might look at this site for a guide to this kind of stuff and although I'm no expert, it seems polite to acknowledge. If you are interested in Vegan footwer, by the way, you should have a look at Veganline.com, selling vegan shoes online since 1998, mainly made in the UK and democratic welfare states.


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Organic producers - or just grown in a mixed farm

I'm no expert, but have just read a book suggesting that smaller and mixed farms get more food and less profit out of a patch of land; they also work better long-term. The same book lists some problems with GM crops and particularly the ones that Indian government promotes like the Monsanto seeds that only work for one year and require Monsanto sprays to make them work - a doomed enterprise for many Indian cotton farmers as well as for the long-term future of the industry.

Pants to Poverty tried to sell cotton from an area of India which benefited from growing its own seed; Pants tried to support seed banks through a charity that never took-off called Pi, but the seed banks happened anyway with a large local company called Chetna Organic doing the work.


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Oldish products

There are variations. Products which are capable of being repaired, and probably will be, like a catering toaster, even if bought new. Gimmickey re-cycled giftware that makes a point, even if more expensive than starting from scratch. Less gimmickey recycling that's low-key and hardley noticed, like packing blankets; products which will be sold-on or repaired, even if they are bought new, and products which will be given to charity shops, even if the export trade is hard to cope-with in africa. So: simplest is an old product kept a long time or bought second hand.

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Local producers - in the same economy, the same labour market, paying the same taxes, and saving delivery miles

Every part of the world needs the ability to create new businesses, just to adapt to whatever comes-next. This could be a shortage of cheap imports, a surplus of people looking for different sorts of work, or a supplier country that wants to impose conditions or that you want to boycott. Bangladesh needs banks. London needs garment factories, and alternatives to the current awful banks. To favour these - just a bit on a whim - if you live in Bangladesh or London is a way of getting a bit of satisfaction. As satisfying as buying an advertised brand. A way of finding these less advertised businesses is a good thing. And food-miles or import-miles are good to avoid as well.

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Producers in a democratic welfare state with a reasonable human rights record - so not Turkey for example

This is where we came-in, on other pages of the site. If consumers favour goods from democratic welfare states, vote for tariffs against sweatshop goods, and hope that sweatshop countries take the chance to change and start national insurance systems, the world becomes a better place, more people go to school, the population doesn't rise so rapidly, there are less applicants per job in Bangladesh and so wages rise there, and Primark has to buy clothes made on fairer wages. I might have to go back to buying second-hand cheap clothes instead of the Primark ones I wear as I write

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Staff-owned producers

Partly a nightmare of committees, when facing the vaguer issues at work, and partly a long-term stable way of doing business that concentrates on the point of it all, which is benefiting the people who are stuck working there. Other stakeholders like customers and investers can vote with their feet; staff find it harder, and have a longer-term stake in the business as well as more knowledge about it. So a firm like John Lewis or Unipart or Baxi Boilers ought to be worth encouraging and Chetna Organic is one, suiting the local habit of living in Clans rather than as singles and families - something which looks a bit odd to other Indians but seems to work. I write this off the cuff as an acknowledgement to something good that I don't know much about.

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Fairtrade producers

Fairtrade - a buzzword that grew gradually into a labelling system for goods from a specific list of countries, with specific specifications:
1 the list of countries is a list of countries without much national insurance or such, nor employment law. So they are badly-run countries that should not normally be encouraged as their goods are unfair competition to better-run countries
2 the suppliers have to pay a living wage by local standards, meet a list nof other standards, and pay a fair-trade premium into something like a trust fund to be spent as locals want, such as paying for a well in the village or a visiting nurse to see current employees once a month.

I may have got this sligtly wrong, but you can see the advantages and limits of fairtrade. To claim that a product from Birmingham is less good than a fairtrade product from Bangladesh is an odd statement; Fairtrade is a kind of last resort for badly-run countries.

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Vegan & Vegetarian products such as non-leather shoes with microfibre tops

Veggie stuff cuts cruilty to animals - cruelty which is rather unpleasant to read. Some of this cruelty effects humans: animals are kept in crowded conditions and get ill, so they are given antibiotics, so we humans develop antibiotic resistance. The benefits are near-nil. We get protein on the supermarket shelves which could just as well be made in other ways; we develop a taste for it by association and over time, but we can also develop a taste for veggie stuff - even the stuff that puts other people off - if we want. In doing so we are likely to get a healther diet with less fat and a bit less protein; we are less likely to become obese or diabetic.

Veggie societies get more from their land. The most crowded parts of the world like China and Japan were traditionally vegetarian. To eat meat would involve feeding edible plants to animals, and then eating the animals to get far less food than could have been had by eating the plants. There are diagrams online of how many fields it takes to feed people from veg compared to the same fields feeding people from meat, and the difference is huge.

There are points ofen put the other way. A lot of land is only thought fit for sheep, hikers, and wind farms; a lot more is covered in rain-wet grass usually used by cows. These points don't have to be answered as the market changes towards more and more vegan food and vegan leather alternatives; the market is not going to change 100% overnight, and the possiblity of growing veg instead of grass and cows can be worked-out when it needs to be.

Another approach by the UN "Livestock's Long Shadow" report notes how much damage is done in-passing by too many animals in too run-down a landscape, like North Africa. Slurry. Wear on the roads. Lack of plant cover. Expanding deserts.

 

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