What is Fashion Revolution Week & why should you get involved?
On April 24th 2013, over 1,100 people were killed and over 2,500 injured when garment factory the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka Bangladesh. This tragic event opened the eyes of many people who started to ask more questions like -" is that where my clothes were made?" The answer, yes probably.
From the 24th-30th April, Fashion Revolution Week will bring people from all over the world together to campaign for a fairer fashion business model, one that does not exploit people and negatively impact the environment the way it currently does.
"The global fashion industry is opaque, exploitative and environmentally damaging and desperately needs revolutionary change. We love fashion, but we don’t want our clothes to come at the cost of people or our planet." Fashion Revolution.
- Fashion Industry is the second most polluting industry after oil. - Forbes.
- Up to 82% of our clothing energy consumption comes from washing & drying. - Kate Fletcher - Sustainable Fashion & Textiles: Design Journeys.
- Approximately 3/4 of garment industry workers worldwide are women. - The Clean Clothes Campaign
- 40 Million garment factory workers in the world and most make less the $4AUD a day - Reformation
- On Average, Australians send $500 million of clothing to landfill each year, which is 30kgs per person. - Sustainability Victoria
- Clothing consumption produces 1.5 tonnes of CO2 per household per year. The equivalent of 6000 cars. - Fashion Revolution
- In India, approximately 20,000 people die, and 1 million people hospitalised, from pesticide poisoning every year. - The EJF Foundation
- We purchase 400% more clothing today than we did 20 years ago - True Cost Movie
- There are 168 Million child workers, aged between 5 and 14 in the world today - The International Labour Organisation
- If workers were to be paid a living wage in Bangladesh, the production cost of a t-shirt would only increase by 50c-80c. - Baptist World Aid .
Last year, tens of thousands of people from different countries around the world took part in Fashion Revolution Day and asked brands #whomademyclothes to show that they care and demand better for the people who make our clothes.
How can you get involved?
Image: Fashion Revolution
Why is it important that you ask #whomademyclothes?
FashionRevolution.com explain, as citizens, we have more power than we think. Our questions, our voices, and our shopping habits can have the power to help change the industry for the better. United we are even stronger, and Fashion Revolution brings everyone together to make that happen.
And we can see that it’s starting to have an effect. More brands are listening to our collective voice and responding, and more producers than ever are using social media to tell the world #imadeyourclothes.
What should you do year round and not just during Fashion Revolution Week?
It's important that we continue to ask these questions year round and constantly challenge and encourage brands to be transparent with there manufacturing processes. Fashion Revolution explain, The more demand they get from consumers the more chance we have of them incorporating better practices, working conditions and workers rights into their business models.
We live in a time where are voice is heard, we are extremely lucky, so use your voice for good and be a part of the Fashion Revolution.
Events to attend during Fashion Revolution Week - here in Australia:
A.BCH - Care - Repair - Wear - Melbourne
Close The Loop Launch Party - Melbourne
Clothes Swap - Wollongong Sydney
Treading Lightly Clothes Swap - Sydney
Swop the Seams - Adelaide
If there are any other events happening, comment below and let us know! We are going to attend as many as possible
Resources:Fashion Revolution - fashionrevolution.org/
Forbes - Link here & here
Sustainable Fashion & Textiles: Design Journeys
Environmental Justice Foundation
International Labour Organisation
Baptist World Aid Report
True Cost Movie