Good Peo­ple Awards

Good is proud to an­nounce Erica Gadsby and Deb­o­rah de Graaf, the duo be­hind eth­i­cal cloth­ing la­bel ReCre­ate, as the Flick Elec­tric Peo­ple’s Choice win­ners of the in­au­gu­ral Ceres Or­gan­ics Good Peo­ple Awards.

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ReCre­ate, win­ner of the Peo­ple’s Choice Award

Erica Gadsby and Deb­o­rah de Graaf are two women on a mis­sion. That mis­sion is to change the fash­ion in­dus­try for the bet­ter with their la­bel ReCre­ate, which pro­duces bou­tique streetwear us­ing a se­lec­tion of premium cer­ti­fied or­ganic fab­rics, and trans­forms the lives of those pro­duc­ing it – marginalised peo­ple in Cam­bo­dia who re­ceive full sewing train­ing, fair em­ploy­ment and hope for a bet­ter fu­ture.

Gadsby and de Graaf were one of 12 cat­e­gory win­ners se­lected by a panel of judges as part of the Ceres Or­gan­ics Good Peo­ple Awards. Fol­low­ing this, we asked you, our read­ers, to vote over the course of four weeks, for the Flick Elec­tric Peo­ple’s Choice win­ner, who would take home the $5000 cash prize. Three thou­sand votes later, with more than 600 go­ing to the duo, Gadsby and de Graaf came out on top. We asked the hum­ble win­ners about what it means to have won, as well as their plans for the fu­ture and up­com­ing col­lec­tions.

What does be­ing voted the Flick Elec­tric Peo­ple’s Choice win­ners of the Ceres Or­gan­ics Good Peo­ple Awards mean to you?

It means so much! We feel like it makes a state­ment that

New Zealan­ders are be­com­ing more aware of the im­por­tance of eth­i­cal pro­duc­tion and that ev­ery­one who voted is stand­ing with us in want­ing to make a dif­fer­ence in the fash­ion in­dus­try. Win­ning pro­vides such an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for us to help raise aware­ness and con­tinue the dis­cus­sion that sus­tain­able fash­ion is not only pos­si­ble, but the way for­ward.

On a more per­sonal level, this is sim­ply a huge en­cour­age­ment to us to con­tinue in our work with ReCre­ate. It has def­i­nitely not been an easy jour­ney. We love what we do, but at the same time there have been chal­lenges. In the past year both of us have had new ba­bies, so our meet­ings have of­ten been over the phone while feed­ing the two boys, and the mid­dle-of-the-night wak­ings have turned into the per­fect times­lot for com­ing up with new ideas. We are in­spired to see peo­ple be­com­ing more and more so­cially aware – want­ing to pur­chase know­ing that peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment have been re­spected. Win­ning this award con­firms

“We feel like ... ev­ery­one who has voted is stand­ing with us in want­ing to make a dif­fer­ence in the fash­ion in­dus­try.” Erica Gadsby and Deb­o­rah de Graaf

Deb­o­rah de Graaf and Erica Gadsby.

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