Future Fashion at school receives award

Future Fashion at school has now received the “Project Sustainability” award from RENN (Regional Networks for Sustainability Strategies).

Future Fashion at school is an initiative of Future Fashion, the movement for sustainable textiles and conscious consumer behavior in Baden-Württemberg. The movement was initiated by the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ).

Future Fashion at school is a one-year pilot project in which eight schools from the city and district of Heilbronn are taking part. The aim is to anchor the 17 sustainability goals more firmly in the school and in the minds of the students and to promote education for sustainable development. Teachers and students are supported by the SEZ in implementing their ideas and networked with like-minded people.

The “Project Sustainability” competition is carried out by the four RENN in cooperation with the Council for Sustainable Development (RN)E. S

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FairFashion trip to Amsterdam

Actress, singer and speaker Caroline Kiesewetter will be on board as a travel companion. She is a future fashion ambassador for the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ).

The FairFashion trip to Amsterdam is a cooperation event between the fashion café Melva in Stuttgart and the sustainable tour operator INTI Tours from Deggingen.

The idea for this trip came about at this year's Fair Trade trade fair, in which INTI Tours regularly takes part as a sustainable tour operator. Andrea Scheufler from the Stuttgart Mode Café Melva also took part in the Fair Trading trade fair in 2019 as an exhibitor. The trio was then complete with Caroline Kiesewetter, who was also present at the trade fair for two days as a future fashion ambassador. The three didn't just talk, but put their idea into action.

The result is a women's trip of a special kind. It combines fair and sophisticated fashion with sightseeing and an enjoyable immersion in the Amsterdam music and art scene. A highlight of the trip is the exclusive reception at the headquarters of the sustainable fashion label LaSalle with the presentation of the current collection. Participants can try on the sustainable clothing and of course also shop. There will also be a photo shoot with the travel participants.

The trip takes place from September 29th to October 5th.

Further information about the fashion trip to Amsterdam can be found at…

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Poverty in Baden-Württemberg and Burundi

Around one in six people in Baden-Württemberg is at risk of poverty. In Baden-Württemberg's partner country Burundi, around three quarters of all people live below the poverty line.

Poverty in Burundi...

Ending poverty in all forms and everywhere is the first of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Burundi, Baden-Württemberg's partner country, struggles with extreme poverty, with almost 75 percent of the population living below the poverty line. The World Bank defines poverty in absolute terms. People are considered extremely poor if they live on less than $1,90 per day. This means that basic needs cannot be met. The World Bank definition helps to make poverty rates internationally comparable. However, poverty is also relative and far more complex, it goes beyond the financial. Education, health, living conditions, socio-cultural and political participation are important factors for measuring poverty. In Burundi, a large part of the population does not have an adequate water supply or electricity in their households, and access to health institutions and schools is severely limited.

... and poverty in Germany

Poverty is also a problem in Germany. Almost one in five people was at risk of poverty and social exclusion in 2017. While in Burundi the focus is on covering basic needs, in Germany the main question is how one can participate in a “normal” life despite restrictions. A person is considered to be at risk of poverty or social exclusion, among other things, if their income is below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold. People who receive an income that is less than 60 percent of the median income are at risk of poverty. In 2017, the threshold was 13.152 euros per year for single people in Germany. According to the Federal Statistical Office, one in six pensioners is poor.

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