Why we should be asking #WhoMadeMyClothes? before every purchase.
In 2013 the death of 1,138 workers in Dhaka Bangladesh. Sparked outrage. The fire was the deadliest garment clothes commercial complex to date and started the campaign #WhoMadeMyClothes? Investigated by Fashion Revolutions.
With the strong belief that something had to change that lives had to mean something surley? And This tragic event must never happen again. Fundamentally no one, either human or animal should suffer for the clothes we wear. A Fair Wage is paid for a fair days work and rights are protected and heard. To work in a safe environment, something we take for granted as a whole in the UK.
Social media is a strong tool in the 20th century to spread the message of asking this important question #WhoMadeMyClothes? Shining a light onto brands to ensure that standards for workers rights never go into the shadows again.
Six years down the line since this tragic event there is still along way to go. During Fashion Revolution Week 2018, 3.25 million people asked #WhoMadeMyClothes? According to Tamsin Blanchard the voices are getting louder.
Transparency in the Fashion Industry
The 2019 edition of the non profit campaign group Fashion Transparency Index – which assesses brands on how much information on human rights policies, environmental practices and supply chains it discloses to the public saw an average score of 35% compared (from 12.5% three years ago) for the data published on factory lists.
With the strong belief that something had to change that lives had to mean something surly? And This tragic event must never happen again.
Fundamentally no one either human or animal should suffer for the clothes we wear. A Fair Wage is paid for a fair days work and rights are protected and heard. To work in a safe environment something we take for granted on a whole in the uk.
2018 Copenhagen Fashion Show
As a Fellow Co Founder Orsola de Castro said at the 2018 Copenhagen Fashion Show. “The industry is build on secrecy, elitism, closed doors and unavailability“. (Transparency) is disrupting the fabric of fashion as we know it” . “Until brands answer How they made your clothes honestly and take accountability for every single person in there supply chain, an opaque shopping culture will prevail “. We can’t fix what we can’t see“. explained de Castro. “ We need to make it easy for us to see the clothes as it is to buy the clothes”.
One Single Garment does not just affect the person who wears it it. It affect the workers who make it! Who only want a fair wage. To work in a safe environment. Safe Air Safe Water. Is it to much to ask?
Margrethe Vestager, European commissioner for competition, seconded his call to action, referring to the world’s leading business event on sustainable fashion as a “summit for change, a summit for solutions”. She reminded the industry of its collective responsibility to think about the effects of its choices, because fashion will never be separate to society.
One single garment, for example, doesn’t just affect the person who wears it, the choice to purchase that garment affects the workers who earn the right to a fair wage, the workers who don’t want to fear for their lives in factories, the workers who need clean air and water, and everyone around the world whose future depends on cutting carbon dioxide emissions. “Sustainability has to be built in every part of change,” Vestager told the summit. “It has to be fundamental. It’s not for the fainthearted, but I don’t think anyone would accuse fashion of being fainthearted.”
We are strong advocate’s for workers rights and full transparency and encourage all our customers with all the shopping purchases to ask questions and to be secure in the knowledge that your favourite designers are also as diligent with the basic human rights that we are so lucky to take for granted in the uk as a whole.
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