What is Fashion Revolution Week & Rana Plaza?

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 needs to be celebrated. This week we are asking #whomademyclothes, demanding transparency from brands, and remembering the victims of Rana Plaza.

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 needed in the fashion industry. This year marks the sixth 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. 

Rana Plaza Collapse 2013 PC:  Clean Clothes Campaign

Rana Plaza Collapse 2013 PC: Clean Clothes Campaign

Unfortunately these brands were not held accountable for using factories that put garment workers 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. And it’s STILL happening today. Even after so many people lost their lives. People in the garment industry are still going to work in horrific conditions and risking their lives to meet our consumer demands. The fashion industry is broken. Slavery is very common in fast fashion. Fast fashion is polluting water and local resources, not allowing families to support themselves, and destroying developing communities. It’s not okay.

We're all guilty of taking part in fast fashion and it's time for change. Harness your purchase power and support brands that value people and the planet. We have quite a few resources on The Honest Consumer if you need direction on which brands to support. For more ways to be involved in Fashion Revolution week click here.