This week is an incredibly important week! It's Fashion Revolution Week. Unfortunately, this is probably not something you'll see in the news or mainstream media here in the U.S., but it is a week that should be celebrated.
What is Fashion Revolution Week?
Each year Fashion Revolution week takes place in order to remember the tragedy of Rana Plaza and raise awareness for the change we can create in the fashion industry. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse. Rana Plaza was a garment factory in Bangladesh that collapsed in 2013, killing over 1100 workers. Unfortunately some popular "American" brands were using this factory to produce their garments.
What's even worse is that these brands are not held accountable for using factories that put people's lives in danger. According to The True Cost, after the factory collapsed the fast fashion industry continued on to have their most profitable year. It's unacceptable and heartbreaking that people lose their lives due to the high demand consumers create through fast fashion. We're all guilty of taking part and it's time for change. There are so many easy & FREE ways you can take action!
Educate yourself & your friends!
- Share this post and let your friends know what Fashion Revolution week is & why it's important.
- Host a movie night and start by watching The True Cost. You can stream it on Netflix or Amazon. It is a wonderful documentary that will truly open your eyes.
Take Action, It's Easy & FREE
- Post a picture of your clothes on social media, tag the brands, and use #whomademyclothes. This is a great way for getting the brand's attention and showing that consumers want transparency.
- Fashion Revolution's website has a pre-made templates for consumers to send a letter asking brands who makes the clothes & asking policy makers to take action. You can view the templates here.
- Participate in an event! Fashion activists all across the world are hosting Fashion Revolution Week events in order to celebrate change and raise awareness. You can find a list of these events on Fashion Revolution's website, here.