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A Jute bag to support women in Bangladesh

“After living in Bangladesh I wanted to find ways to connect Australians with the incredibly rich artistic culture that I fell in love with. I have poured my heart and soul into this project,” says Jess Clark, talking about her social enterprise, Earth Worthy.

06.07.20

Wollongong-based Earth Worthy supports women’s businesses using traditional techniques that challenge the fast fashion practices that dominate today’s retail culture. It specialises in homewares which are handcrafted in Bangladesh by local women using sustainably and ethically sourced materials.

This month we’re partnering with Earth Worthy to support women across Bangladesh to access safe, fair, and dignified work. For every jute bag sold in July, Earth Worthy will donate 50% of the profits to support women on the frontlines of crisis.

Each jute bag is handmade by survivors of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse; an accident that claimed the lives of 1,134 garment workers. They are made entirely out of jute, a natural fibre grown in Bangladesh. The fibres are strong and completely compostable making them an environmentally friendly material. 

“The vast majority of garment workers in Bangladesh are women. Fundraising for ActionAid Australia allows us to support working women while also advocating for the rights of all garment workers in Bangladesh,” says Jess.

ActionAid is working in Bangladesh to empower women around the world with the knowledge, resources and opportunity to achieve economic justice in the face of an unprecedented health crisis.

“It’s not about charity. I wanted to find something that would empower people, value their craft and give opportunities to build stronger and more resilient communities,” says Jess. 

Get yourself a jute bag and show your support for women garment workers in Bangladesh!