— followthethings.com (@followthethings) February 18, 2014
When you make cards for your stuff and play them with others, you learn about the companies who make your stuff, their labour policies, transparency, monitoring and worker rights. In one sense, it’s a simple game of trumping – ’Ha! My shoes’ worker rights score beats your Kitkat’s!’ – but making and playing the cards also raises questions about what you can find out about your stuff, what ‘monitoring’, ‘worker rights’ and a ‘living wage’ mean, how they are measured, and what to think about this.
This game has been produced by University of Exeter students and followthethings.com for Fashion Revolution Day (24 April). We will be making, playing, tweeting and uploading to flickr Ethical Fashion trump cards and packs. The data on the cards comes from the free2work website. The key fact box should say whether your underwear, coat, etc. brand has signed the Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh, another agreement, or no agreement.
To download the template and instructions, and to read about our first Ethical Trade Trump tournament, see this blog post. Please let us know if and when your tournament is taking place, and scan, photo, tweet or email us individual cards or your whole Ethical Fashion Trump Card pack. We’d like to know what happened when you made and played.
Update: we’re holding our first Grand Challenge Ethical Fashion trump card game on 5 March 2014, 4-5pm in Building One’s Pearson seminar room at the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus.
See you there. We’ll report!