Fashion Revolution Week
Ever since the terrible disaster that happened at the Rana Plaza complex in Bangladesh that took the lives of 1134 workers, there has been an uprising of concern over the way fashion (especially fast fashion) is manufactured.
Are our bargain bin finds really worth the lives of others? Does one outfit equal one life?
Fashion Revolution became an annual reminder of such thoughts. We need to weigh out the cost that fast fashion is putting on our resources, planet and fellow mankind. If you want to know more about this terrible industry, I urge you to read Elizabeth L.Cline's book "Over-Dressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion". You'll never step foot in a Forever 21 again.
In fact, the reason Woven by Wander works only with ethical organizations and artisans for its collection stems from having read that book a few years ago. It's just a terrible thought to know that you are supporting an industry that is abusive and destructive for the simple cheap thrill of buying disposable clothing. That book, along with "Half The Sky: How to Change the World" by Nicholas D.Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn both shaped my perspective on fashion and my approach on business.
In honour of this years Fashion Revolution week, I am so pleased to be able to be associated with organizations that takes care of their staff and provide safety and fair pay such as Freeset. They are the makers of our Eco Tote Bags and have a long standing reputation of being a saviours to many many desperate souls.
If you would like to participate in Fashion Revolution week, look up FashionRevolution.Org and see all the call to action you can do to bring awareness about this cause and to be better informed for yourself as a consumer.
But just in brief, you can see the many ways you can get involved in the #fashionrevolution here:
We need to become more curious about how our clothes are made and who made them.
Get in contact with brands and ask them#whomademyclothes to discover the real people throughout the supply chain.
We want hundreds of thousands of people around the world to take part. Together we can use the power of fashion to inspire change.
Whichever or however you choose to participate, know that you are able to change the situation for the better. You, as a consumer, can choose to support a safer more sustainable clothing industry or you can choose to continue down the same destructive path.