This Sunday marks three years since the horrific Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, an event which took the lives of 1,133 factory workers and injured a further 2500. Bangladesh is one of the biggest producers of clothing in the world and the end point for some of those produced in the Rana were stores in the West. The event was covered heavily by press across the global and highlighted the devastating impact that fast fashion can have. Often we shop but do not recognise the social and environmental consequences of our purchases.
Fashion Revolution is a not for profit company based in the UK and their mission is to support a fashion industry which values people, the environment, creativity and profits in equal measure and bring individuals together to make sure that this happens. Through their campaigns and events, they highlight how social and environmental catastrophes still widely exist in the fashion supply chain and stress the impact that this has on human lives. The Fashion Revolution team remind us that "We aren't just purchasing a garment or accessory, but a whole chain of value and relationships”.
Each year, on the 24th April, Fashion Revolution brings people in the fashion industry together to help raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, to show the world that change is needed and to celebrate those involved in creating a more sustainable future. They encourage all of us to ask the big brands #whomademyclothes? and emphasise the WE as customers can drive change by recognising and valuing sustainable business practice and supporting ethical and fairtrade brands. WE can influence the way clothing is produced by demanding change.
Check out Fashion Revolution’s website for more information and to discover events going on around the world this week…