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Sustainable fashion volunteer

Do you want to contribute to greater awareness of fast fashion? Volunteer and help us to highlight unsustainable practises within the fashion industry.

Location: Bath (EJF's Bath office is a 10 minute walk from the station)

Period: 3 months

This is a great opportunity to gain voluntary experience working in a friendly team within a dynamic and high-impact charity working internationally to secure environmental justice.

The role is voluntary for a period of 3 months, minimum of 2 days per week. Based in the Bath office, local (Bath/Bristol) travel costs will be paid together with a lunch allowance.

Objective: Support EJF’s cotton campaign, which generates greater public awareness of unsustainable fashion (and cotton in particular). This drives corporate and policy developments to remedy abuses and generate support for organic, fair trade and carbon neutral fashion.

In this role you will produce a briefing/report to build consumer, corporate and political awareness of the environmental and human rights abuses linked to cotton production. The research should place this focus within the context of (un)sustainable fashion.

Alongside the briefing, a blog and associated digital comms (page for the website, infographics, social media posts) will be produced.

About you

The successful applicant will be educated to degree-level in a relevant discipline and have demonstrable research and writing skills, with excellent attention to detail.

Ideally you'll have plenty of creative flair, and the ability to identify effective means to convey key campaign messages through engaging visuals (including infographics) and potentially through social media platforms.

The research project will include:

  • A brief overview of the production of the major textiles destined for the fashion industry, and their impacts on the environment and human rights. There should be a key emphasis on the impact on climate change - fashion industry as a whole has a carbon footprint equivalent to air travel and shipping combined
  • The UK and global initiatives underway to address some of these problems.
  • Cotton production and its environmental and social impact on:

Pesticides – cotton is the world’s ‘dirtiest’ crop, with significant impacts from chemical pesticides.

Depletion of freshwater supplies and competition with other needs – cotton is the world’s ‘thirstiest’ crop.

Land use – competition with other crops (food security).

Climate change – is this an issue that has been flagged for cotton?

  • The impact of ‘fast fashion’ – the increase in consumption that is driving greater environmental problems – and the disposal / waste of fashion.

The research should:

  • Clearly show the alternatives to unsustainable cotton production (organic) and the benefits that this creates.
  • Review the alternatives to ‘fast fashion’ and potential policy measures to secure greater corporate, consumer and policy responses to reduce unsustainable consumption.
  • Identify opportunities for recycling / circular economy that can be conveyed to consumers, retailers/producers and policymakers.

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV and a short cover letter (including your availability: start date and hours per week) to by 22 February 2019.

Remuneration: This is a volunteer position. Travel to or within Bath of up to £9.10 and £4 for lunch expenses per day will be covered.

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