Celebrating a Living Wage

Written by Lucy Cunningham on November 09 2017

Running from 5th to 11th November, Living Wage Week raises awareness of the living wage and the 3,500 UK employers who pay it. A living wage is based on the ethos that "a fair day's work deserves a fair day's pay" - here at Gossypium, we're proud to be part of this movement.

With the cost of living in the UK outpacing wages, the living wage recognises that the national minimum wage is too low for a person to meet daily living costs. Businesses sign up voluntarily to the scheme to commit to paying their staff enough money to live on. The Living Wage Foundation celebrates and recognises the leadership of these responsible employers who choose to go further and pay a fair wage for a day's work. 

The reality of the $3trn fashion industry is that living wages are not a part of the picture. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? According to The True Cost, a shocking one in six people work in the global fashion industry. The majority of these workers are women earning less than $3 per day. 

At Gossypium we like to do things differently. For starters, we make each and every garment to order here in our UK workshop. Our clothes are made from the finest natural fabrics, and we pay our team a living wage. Fashion cannot be about human exploitation.

Beautiful clothing, crafted to last, isn't just paying lip service to an idea.

It's about standing true to our beliefs and doing what we can to make the world a better place. 

Read more: www.livingwage.org.uk 

Watch True Cost - the film about the fashion industry: www.truecostmovie.com