The Fashion Revolution

Standard Hello! So I’ve been super rubbish at this whole blogging thing, my life is currently completely consumed by finishing off my degree (I cannot wait!) so I’ve had to put this on hold. After that’s all done though I am totally going to make this more the shiny great cyberspace place I want it to be in reality but currently only is in my mind… Anyway seeing as Fashion Revolution Day 2015 is tomorrow I wanted to write a few words about what exactly it is, why it is important to me and why it should be to you too. To put it simply, the Fashion Revolution matters to me because I want to be able to go into any given shop and know that behind any garment I pick up there is not the exploitation of another fellow human being, probably risking their life in unsafe working conditions, at the other end. I also rather like our lovely planet (which we’ve done a great job of messing up) and do my best to live sustainably, which highlights another huge part of the fashion industry that needs to change. This culture of fast fashion where we buy clothes, wear them a few times, discard, and repeat. This high-speed demand for clothing puts pressure on people and planet. It is unnecessary and needs to change. I guess that my concern for and awareness of the ethical problems with the fashion industry started with a documentary in geography class (back when I still did that circa 2005) exposing the reality of sweatshop labour behind a lot of our clothing. Fast forward several more years to my A-level Spanish exam my debate topic was something along the lines of “when we get dressed each day we’re responsible for other’s deaths”. Okay, so yea that might seem kind of extreme. Sadly there are elements of truth behind that statement. The 24th April marks the day on which, 2 years ago, 1133 people were killed in the Rana Plaza building collapse. That’s a lot of people. Not to mention the thousands more injured and affected by the disaster. And that was not the first or last case of workers dying in factories where clothing on our high streets is manufactured. The garment industry is completely disconnected; we have no knowledge of the story behind our clothing past wherever it says it was made on the label. We need to be more curious about our clothes; about how they were made, and who made them. We need to put pressure on brands and retailers to strive for transparency and as the consumers we are responsible for holding these companies accountable. The 24th April marks a global day of activism and awareness harnessing the power of fashion to make a change for good. If tomorrow you even just look at the label in whatever you decide to wear and consider that there’s a person somewhere out there who made that for you, it’s a step in the right direction. Even better (and it will literally take you a minute) you can take part by following these super simple steps: I’ll post a list of some great businesses, documentaries, blogs and such to check out soon. For now, I recommend that you have a look at the Fashion Revolution site here and join the Fashion Revolution!