Black Lives Matter: What we're doing in the fight against racism

Updated Sat, June 20th 2020

*UPDATE*

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Hey everyone,

I know we've been a bit quiet the past week or so, we've been "stuck" in Portugal after leaving our flat in Porto. Basically, we've been waiting to hear to see if we could get a ferry back to England from Spain, rather than having to drive my beaten up car all the way back to Calais in France. 

We also got blocked from Instagram for a week so it's been an inevitable detox but definitely no good for the business. Turns out Instagram decided that we were a 'spam' account - basically they just want us to pay for ads but hey ho. 

Anyway, enough about us. 

I need to get back on to updating this master list with the latest resources, but we've just been rammed with everything especially as we only just recently launched the website. It also seems there are some really good in-depth resources out there already, so it might be worth us just linking you to those. We'll get on it. It's just been a hectic time as we've been tweaking, adapting, re-shooting, planning and just generally freaking out about everything but we finally got a date and we're leaving this Wednesday.

But here's the ACTUAL update.

We're super stoked to announce that we've not only just got one artist on board to work with us on a collaboration sneaker to raise money. And we've not just got two. We've got three!! 

They're all super, super awesome and incredibly talented, we'll do a reveal super soon. 

It. Is. Going. To. Be. Amazing.

They've just finished their designs and they are honestly another level. We'll be posting again from tomorrow (as the ban is lifted), so we'll be doing some previews of the sneakers and you'll soon be able to enter the raffle for between £5 and £10 a ticket to get your hands on a pair! 

All of the money raised will be going to charities selected by the artists themselves. We are paying for the manufacturing + materials. We'll release some more information over the next few days. 

Let's keep the momentum going to all do better and be better.

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ORIGINAL POST

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can we make a difference together?

A black square on our Instagram isn't enough. We know that - we need to be active in this war. When we started Trash Planet, we knew we wanted to stand for more. We were sick of global corporations putting a facade on and pretending like they cared. We want to do more and we will do more. That's why we're looking at ways in which we can make a difference.

So far, our best idea on how we can get involved is below, although we are always open to your suggestions.

As we are able to ethically manufacture small batches of custom sneakers, we could potentially manufacture a limited production run of sneakers for a relevant cause and donate all the profits to charity.

We've been thinking long and hard over the last week or so on what we can do at such a small stage to help at this time. We would like to hear your thoughts on whether the below ideas are suitable, and which ones you like the most. We are also open to your suggestions.

our idea:

We think that our best option would be to work with a Black artist in collaboration with a relevant charity of their choice to celebrate and promote their work on one of our sneakers.

We'd like to use our sneaker as a platform to showcase their work and inspire change.

We know we're small and that a huge corporation could pull off a massive campaign like this easier than us by replicating something similar but it wouldn't be the same. The reality is that huge fashion corps have exploited people and minorities since day one and we should stop supporting them. They don't care.

Their only motive is money. 

Despite the fact that we're small, at least we're ethical. It's at the heart of what we do. We don't exploit anyone. We want to allow an artist to use our sneaker to create a single custom pair, which we would look to promote as far and wide as we possibly can with your help.

Wet we could do a raffle, where you can buy a ticket for a small amount on our website to be in with a chance to win the pair of trainers.

We would donate all of the money, including our manufacturing costs to a relevant charity, at the choice of the artist themselves.

If you are an artist or have any suggestions of an artist that would be open to working and collaborating with us on this project, then we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch by e-mailing or texting us (via WhatsApp or phone) here or through an Instagram DM here. 

We would love to use this as a space to make a change together.

Please share this with anyone who you think may be interested. 

We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on the above in the comments below. 

Stay safe,

Jordan and Holly

Trash Planet

 


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