Fashion Revolution Week is a call for better environmental and humanitarian practices in the global fashion industry. Much of this huge industry is opaque, exploitative and environmentally damaging. On April 24th, 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh, which housed clothing factories for some of the world’s largest fashion brands, collapsed. 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history.
The fashion industry is also one of the major polluting industries in the world, as the production and distribution of the crops, fibers, and garments used in fashion pollute the water, air, and soil. The individuals making fast fashion to match the demands of consumers are often working in uncomfortable, unhealthy and down-right dangerous conditions, not to mention for meager pay. We desperately need change.
Throughout Fashion Revolution Week (and beyond!) we will be talking about why this issue is so important and what you can do about it. We want fashion to become a force for good and believe that positive change can happen if we all think differently about fashion and demand better.
In honor of our commitment to the principles of fair trade and transparency, we want to share with you the life cycle of a bag, from is humble start as sheep’s wool, until it reaches the consumer!