Have you checked out the Observer Ethical Awards yet?
If you are already involved in an ethical business or idea you can find out more about how to enter here. They have some fantastic categories this year including Well Dressed which I have mentioned in previous posts. The Awards are sponsored by Ecover, the company that is known for its cleaning products which are made from sustainable plant-based ingredients. You may also know about Ecover’s involvement with ethical fashion through some of the events and projects that they have been involved with. I hear they have lots more exciting ethical fashion projects happening in 2013.
This year Ecover have their own category in the awards for Young Green Champions for the under 18′s. In their own words, they are looking for “a young green champion with an idea so good it hurts” perhaps even someone a few steps ahead who has already begun.
The winner will not only get a mention in an Ethical issue of the Observer Magazine on Sunday 16th June 2013, but also a specially designed trophy to acknowledge their success and £6000 to make their idea work. The leader of the project (supervising adult) will also be rewarded with a three-night stay for a family of four at the Coppice Woodland in Hertfordshire with Sawday’s Canopy & Stars.
Lucy Siegle, chair of judging, said: “It is entirely possible that there’s a group of under 18s with an ethical project so clever that we haven’t even thought of it yet. We know that so many young people refuse to put up with inheriting a planet in bad shape and that they are doing something about making the world a better place. We want to hear their ideas so that we can help their brilliant scheme really take off.”
This award would be a fantastic way to get started if you are an under 18 and would like to work in ethical fashion, just think how amazing it would be to get this funding to make your idea work and how fantastic it would look on your college application. Last years winner was a fantastic ethical fashion idea which you can find out more about in the video above. I personally would love to see more ethical fashion this year and be inspired by a future ethical fashionistas that are going to help move the industry forward in the future. Of course it is not just about fashion so if you have any other great ethical ideas, what are you waiting for, get that entry in!
The awards close on 22nd March. You can find out more on how to nominate or enter here.
As said by Mahatma Gandhi – “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Have a lovely weekend.
With warmest wishes