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We are the dreamers, the seekers, the travellers, the adventurers, the optimists. It's nice to meet you! There are lots of us with the same DNA - we look forward to sharing the journey with you.

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Progress towards combating modern slavery

Aimee Pearce

I love progress. 

Sometimes it feels like we are living in a crazy time in history where if anything, we are seeing society reversing instead of progressing. So it's worth celebrating the moments (big and small) where we make some good decisions right?

Last week the Australian government pledged announced plans to introduce legislation to crack down on modern slavery by forcing big companies to be more transparent. So businesses that earn over $100 million will need to clearly identify the steps they are taking to address slavery by publishing a public statement every year outlining how they are scrutinising their supply chains and ensuring they aren't complicit in forced labour or human trafficking.

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How to Travel Without Screwing Up the World

Aimee Pearce

It may seem like common sense that our actions have implications. For someone, somewhere. One of Newton's laws is that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That may actually be one of the only things a remember from high school biology!  But for some reason, not everyone who travels seems to understand or take seriously that our decisions and the choices we make and activities we partake in while "on holidays" really does have an impact on the people, the communities and the culture of the country we are merely passing through. I certainly don't want to come across as condescending - in fact I am the first to admit I have made mistakes while travelling and with knowledge and maturity I would definitely make different decisions now in some situations that I may have found myself in during my late teens and early 20s. And in my early 30s I also don't suppose to be expert on anything! However, I also strongly believe ignorance is NOT bliss under any circumstance. That's actually not good enough!

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Vatican committed to slavery-proofing supply chains

Aimee Pearce

I love good news! Late last month the Vatican announced that it was committed to ensuring it's supply chains don't use any forced labour. To me that's hugely exciting! At Wanderlust People we are passionate about fairtrade and part of that is about eliminated global slavery. But we recognise it's a HUGE global issue and one that requires action from the big players if we are ever to see a global shift in the consumer market. So kudos to Pope Francis for putting this on the Vatican agenda and let's hope that many other global organisations follow suit.

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Why is fairtrade important?

Aimee Pearce

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of weaving your way through a bustling, colourful market. Of being pulled this way and that, cajoled, sweet-talked, harassed and harangued– only to bust out your travel-savvy, hard-nosed, no-nonsense, don’t screw me over, I will bargain you down to a fair price if it kills me, all-time haggling moves. We've all been there. The problem is, when you’re elbow-deep in a market far from home, you have no way of knowing what the “fair” price actually is.

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Dismal progress on child labour in India

Aimee Pearce

Late last week India was issued a dismal prediction on ending child labour, with a new report suggesting that it will take one hundred years to see it completely abolished.

There seems to be a more positive perception that we are making substantial progress on tacking child labour, but the report by Child Rights and You (CRY) seems to prove otherwise.

According to the analysis of data undertaken by CRY, over the last decade, child labour in India has only been decreasing at the measly rate of 2.2 per cent.

Even more concerning was the finding that in urban Indian areas, child labour actually increased by 53 per cent from 2001-2011.

You can read more on this report in the Times of India story

Wanderlust People is absolutely, anti-child labour. Child labour is defined as: that children should not be doing because they are too young to work, or – if they are old enough to work – because it is dangerous or otherwise unsuitable for them.
— International Labour Organization (ILO)
Photo: ILO

Photo: ILO

There are all kinds of health and development risks to children who are forced into early labour. The ILO put together this great video that highlights child labour globally.

As consumers, we all have an ethical and moral responsibility to ensure our buying habits are not keeping children trapped in slavery. It starts with awareness! Sharing stories like these on social media is a simple and effective way to keep the conversation going. So why don't you share this blog post with your friends! And shop ethical! You can read more about our philosophy and pursuit of sustainability here or why don't you check out Got A Question? to find out more about fairtrade and ethical shopping. 100 years of child labour in India is 100 years too long but we believe that together, we can make a difference.