Hopefully by now you have seen photos on social media of factory workers holding up signs that say "I made your clothes." These photos are part of a larger call to draw attention to the human hands that create the garments we wear every day. It is a move away from fast fashion, to a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.
Have you ever wondered who made your clothes? How much they’re paid, and what their lives are like?
Our clothes have gone on a long journey before they hit store shelves, passing through the hands of cotton farmers, spinners, weavers, dyers, sewers and others. Approximately 75 million people work to make our clothes. 80% of them are women between the ages of 18 and 35.
However, the majority of the people who makes clothes for the global market live in poverty, unable to afford life’s basic necessities. Many are subject to exploitation; verbal and physical abuse, working in unsafe and dirty conditions, with very little pay.
On the 6th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more in 2013, Fashion Revolution encourages millions of people to ask brands #whomademyclothes and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.
The more people who ask #whomademyclothes, the more brands will listen.
Use your voice and your power to change the fashion industry.
Together we are stronger.
Fashion Revolution is an organization that has put together many amazing resources that give simple and clear ideas for fixing the problem of fast fashion. Their website is filled with educational articles, events to attend, and resources to share with your friends. Please visit!
FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK
22nd – 28th April 2019
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