Even going on to the website for my favourite shoe brand VANS, I can’t find any details about sustainability or trade. Whilst many other brands have recently been called out in Australia for a lack of supply chain transparency and environmental efforts, the main surf, skate and ski brands seem to be avoiding focus.
Oxfam’s manager of labour rights advocacy Joy Kyriasou told news.com.au: “Quiksilver, Billabong and Rip Curl have never published the names and locations of their factories in a list.
Thankfully, there are many other ethical and environmentally conscious youth brands out there that are providing better alternatives. Take note: Vans, Element, Billabong, Quicksilver & the rest. I want you to do better and you can.