The DRESS YOUR RIGHTS Foundation is a non-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to working on projects that empower individual and collective transformation in the different areas of social, political, economic, environmental sustainability. We work alongside the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals summarized below:
1- End of poverty.
2- Zero hunger.
3- Health and well-being.
4- Quality education.
5- Gender equality.
6- Clean water and sanitation.
7- Affordable and non-polluting energy.
8- Decent work and economic growth.
9- Industry, innovation and infrastructure.
10- Reduction of inequalities.
11- Sustainable cities and communities.
12- Responsible consumption and production.
13- Climate action.
14- Underwater life.
15- Life of terrestrial ecosystems.
16- Peace, justice and solid institutions.
17- Alliances to achieve the objectives.
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The United Nations notes that since September 25, 2015, world leaders have adopted a set of global goals to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each objective has specific goals that must be achieved in the next 15 years (United Nations, 2018).
“To achieve these goals, everyone has to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you” (UN, 2018).
In light of this consideration and call to action, DRESS YOUR RIGHTS intends to contribute directly and indirectly to these objectives, to offer viable and specialized solutions, capable of empowering and uplifting the lives of all those involved in our initiatives from 3 spheres:
1) Promotion of the Slow Fashion Movement.
2) The paradigm of environmental and humanitarian sustainability.
3) Gender, inclusion and social participation
Clean water and sanitation
Objective 6: Guarantee the availability of water and its sustainable management and sanitation for all.
At DRESS YOUR RIGHTS we produce from environmental standards that guarantee NO pollution of rivers and seas. We are promoters and promoters of these practices.
Responsible Consumption and Production
Objective 12: Guarantee sustainable consumption and production patterns.
DRESS YOUR RIGHTS are aimed at a population interested in acquiring designer and quality garments, managed with social and environmentally friendly standards, people who are agents of change and promoters of new consumption habits.
Climate Action and Underwater Life
Goal 13: Adopt urgent measures to combat climate change and its effects.
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
As part of our commitment to the environment and the Paris Global Agreement, brands such as etérea (one of the brands that confirm Space) have developed garments made from plastics extracted from the sea. It uses high-quality natural fabrics, producing long-term versatile pieces on a smaller scale. Etérea has ventured with recycled plastic fabrics and in its most recent collections, they ode to the nature of Costa Rica, with their own illustrations, inspired by the tropical forest and national fauna.
Together with the Ethereal Foundation, the fashion industry is promoted and invited to consider the responsible use of clean energy and recycled products.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
We are committed to promoting decent work, for this reason, we employ women from all organizational spheres, under socio-economic standards that guarantee access to decent work and cooperate with the direct participation of women in the formal economy.
We are also founders of ESPACIO that brings together 40 local entrepreneurs, in the sale and promotion of their products.
Reduction of inequalities
Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and between countries.
Affirmative actions towards the achievement of this objective:
– Position Costa Rica as a creator and producer of ethical fashion.
– Provide workshops on assertive communication and emotional intelligence, female leadership, decision-making and development of design thinking.
– A significant percentage of the people who are dedicated to making and sewing garments have been migrants and in positions of social vulnerability. Most of them worked in maquilas that went bankrupt due to the massive importation of foreign products. They also did one-shot jobs, for example, they only sewed zippers and did not learn new skills. The work we offer is designed in such a way that all the workshop collaborators learn all the operations.
– We function as a platform for new creative talent from young people who recently graduated from university.
– We create designs in garments for inclusion, that is, designs for all types of bodies.
– We strengthen production chains, where producers and local micro-entrepreneurs are incorporated, for example, leather, handcrafted textiles made by indigenous peoples and new generations who have studied millenary techniques of raw material production in an academic way.