Fashion Revolution Week 2018 Has Arrived And This Is What You Need To Know
A few years ago, before the Rana Plaza disaster occurred on the outskirts of Dhaka in Bangladesh, the issue of who made our clothes was just a fleeting curiosity. However, after the Rana Plaza building which housed five garment factories all manufacturing clothing for big global brands collapsed on 24th April 2013, leaving 1,130 workers dead and a further 2,500 injured; this is changing. We as consumers need to know who the people making our clothes are and in what condition as well as how much they are earning to ensure that no more lives are lost in similar disasters.
This need for change is what led to the creation of Fashion Revolution which brings people from different parts of the world together to campaign for a fairer, safer, cleaner fashion industry and celebrates those who are on a journey to make it happen. Founded by Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro, Fashion Revolution has now grown into the world’s largest global fashion activism movement. Fashion Revolution believes that transparency is the first step to transform the industry. “Lack of transparency costs lives as it is impossible for companies to make sure human rights are respected, working conditions are adequate and the environment is safeguarded without knowing where their products are made. Transparency requires that companies know who makes their clothes from who stitched them right through to who dyed the fabric and who farmed the cotton and under what conditions. Crucially, it requires brands to share this information publicly”. By asking “who made my clothes?’” we know the facilities where our clothes are being made, if we have access to information about the factories, mills and farms where brands are sourcing then the public can help hold the industry to account for bad practices and encourage good practices and that is what Fashion Revolution is asking for.
As this year marks the 5th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, Fashion Revolution Week 2018 which kicked off on Monday 23rd April, will feature events and activities worldwide to encourage people to think differently about the clothes they buy and wear and inspire them to make a positive difference. You can be part of the movement in many ways one of which is by uploading a selfie showing the label from a piece of clothing and posting the image on social media with the hashtag #WhoMadeMyClothes in the caption. Brands are paying attention and might even be able to answer your question.