Take Action During Fashion Revolution Week

Eight years since Rana Plaza. Progress has been made, but not nearly enough has changed.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. More than 1,100 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There have been positive changes, but human rights abuses and environmental degradation is still an issue. While vast numbers of the public have become more aware of these problems, many people remain in the dark, unaware that their clothes may be contributing to the climate crisis and human exploitation.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We believe that no one should die for fashion and that’s why we need a fashion revolution.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This tragedy was preventable. In the aftermath, survivors told stories of how they noticed cracks in the building and knew the building was hazardous just days before the collapse. Multiple workers told their supervisors that they were afraid to enter the building and continue working. The retails shops and banks on the ground floor shut down their operations, but the demand of an insatiable fashion industry forced garment workers to keep working. The ugly truth is that some of us may have bought and wore the clothes they made.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
People had to dig through the rubble looking for clothing labels in order to figure out which brands were sourcing from Rana Plaza. In some cases, it took weeks for brands to determine why their labels were found in the ruins and what sort of purchasing agreements they had with those suppliers. The brands weren’t limited to fast fashion retailers but included mid-priced brands too.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This is because the vast majority of today’s fashion brands and retailers do not own their manufacturing facilities. Fashion supply chains are highly globalised, complex and opaque. Business relationships are often very murky and subcontracting is common. This lack of transparency costs lives.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The reality is that our clothes have gone on a long journey before they reach stores and webshops, passing through the hands of cotton farmers, spinners, weavers, dyers, sewers and many more. This is why we need to ask where are clothes are being made and ask who's making our clothes. This is why we need a Fashion Revolution.
Are you asking, "Who made my clothes?" Let's start asking questions and change the system. Change the world. There are people behind the clothing we wear. People that deserve to be treated fairly. People that deserve to work in safe environments earning fair wages. Learn more about how you can be a part of the change at www.fashionrevolution.org or check out the suggestions below. 

Take Action 1: Post a selfie holding one of Fashion Revolution's posters on Facebook, Instagram or whatever platform you use. Tag the brand you're wearing and ask them #whomademyclothes or #whatsinmyclothes

We need to transform the relationship between brands and suppliers so that the rights of people and the rights of nature hold more of the power wherever decisions are being made. A simple way to do this is by using social media to challenge brands during Fashion Revolution Week. These simple pleas for transparency can effect major changes in even the biggest fashion brands. 
Some brands won't answer you. Some might tell you where the clothes are made, but not who made them. Some will direct you to their corporate social responsibility policy. Only a few will show they are doing fashion in a way that empowers workers and respects nature. 

Take Action 2: Ask brands #whomademyfabric on social media.

Global garment and textile supply chains are long, complex, and opaque. We need to demand justice for people at every stage of the production process including the people making the fabrics in our clothes. Use your social media to ask brands #whomademyfabric. Encourage them to disclose textile production sites and take accountability for the working conditions of the people that spin, weave and dye the fabrics. 


Take Action 3: Write an email to your favorite brand and ask them #whomademyfabric or #whomademyclothes?

One of the best ways to show solidarity with the people working in fashion supply chains is by directly emailing a brand with your concerns. 

Sample email from fashionrevolution.org

Dear _____(brand name),

I am your customer, and I love your style. However, I am concerned about the working conditions in your global supply chain. 

There is a notable lack of transparency beyond the first tier of manufacturing where millions of people around the world are working to make the fabrics and raw materials used in the products I buy from you. This is cause for concern because research shows that human rights and environmental risks increase the further down the supply chain you look.

I would like you to tell me #whomademyfabric? Please publish a list of all the textile production facilities in your supply chain. This is a vital first step to take accountability for the working conditions of the people who make your products. I will be following Fashion Revolution's research to see whether you make this disclosure or not.


Your Name 

Take Action 4: Leave a review for a brand to ask them #whomademyfabric or #whomademyclothes

Brands and retailers listen closely to their customers, so one of the most effective ways to share your concerns about working conditions in their supply chain is by leaving them a product review. Leave a review on a brand website.


Take Action 5: Follow Fashion Revolution on social media.

Join the community and be part of the global movement calling for a fairer, safer, cleaner, more transparent fashion industry. 


Take Action 6: Educate yourself. 

Educate yourself on current issues and get inspired by new ways to help create change. You can find information at fashionrevolution.org. 


Let's create a movement. Share information and  ideas within your community and we'll see the demand for a fair, transparent, and safe fashion industry. We want sustainable fashion to become the expectation not the exception. Take what you know and pass it on to friends, family, colleagues and community. Now is the time to amplify the message. 


All artice information came from Fashion Revolution. Visit their website www.fashionrevolution.org for more information and free resources.