Rebecca Ballard is a public interest lawyer and human and labor rights advocate. She is the founder of Maven Women, a socially conscious clothing company creating workwear empowering the women who make and those who wear their clothing. Rebecca encourages you to learn more about how you can change the global garment industry and help co-create clothing that is beautiful inside and out. You can reach her at

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When the Color of Your Jeans Promotes Exploitation

by Rebecca Ballard 08-03-2016

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The complex history of indigo reveals how little we know, or remember, about how our clothes are made. It’s not a new problem, but it’s still very much a problem — our world is more connected than ever before but, paradoxically, international supply chains are increasingly complex and we feel more disconnected than ever from the impact our lives have on others.