“Fashion Revolution Week is our #whomademyclothes campaign in April, which falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1138 people and injured many more on 24th April 2013. That is the day Fashion Revolution was born. During this week, brands and producers are encouraged to respond with the hashtag #imadeyourclothes and to demonstrate transparency in their supply chain.” – Fashion Revolution, 2019

Who Made My Shoes?

A photo of our amazing factory workers in Alicante. We believe that transparency is super important which is why we are honest about where our fabrics come from and where our shoes are made!  Unfortunately, a lot of brands out there cannot say the same…

 

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This week, @_theotherbox are taking part in @fash_rev #WhoMadeMyClothes campaign. It falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1138 people and injured many more on 24th April 2013. During this week, brands and producers are encouraged to respond with the hashtag #imadeyourclothes and to demonstrate transparency in their supply chain. 📣 We would love you, our community, to get involved and swipe left to see how, we’ve also included some examples too. From the 22nd – 28th of April: 1) Post on Instagram by turning your item of clothing inside out to show the label 2) Tag the brand and using the  # ask #WHOMADEMYCLOTHES? 3) Tag @_TheOtherBox , @fash_rev and #TOBfashion To learn more about Fashion Revolution visit their website for info, resources and ways to get involved www.fashionrevolution.org/about. . . #fashion #tobfashion #sustainablefashion #sustainability #theotherbox #equality #peopleofcolour #equalrights #fashionrevolution

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The sad truth is that marginalised and underrepresented people are the ones who are being abused by the fashion industry. 80% of factory workers are women and (tw) this article from 2018 discusses the horrifying reality of what it can mean to work in a factory of a large company where gender-based violence is a very real threat to workers.

 

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Today, we reflect on the tragic collapse of Rana Plaza that took the lives of over 1,100 people and injured another 2,500 six years ago to date. Most of these victims were young women making clothing for big global fashion brands. Earlier that morning, workers were threatened with loss of their monthly pay if they did not proceed into Rana Plaza to work. Despite the cracks being identified the day before and their requests to not return to the factory floors, without any form of union representation they had no collective strength to stand up for themselves. There were 29 brands identified in the rubble. It would take years for some of them to pay compensation. For some families, providing DNA evidence to claim that compensation, would never be possible. To this day a high percentage of survivors are unemployed and suffer from severe trauma. Never again. Fashion Revolution exists to ensure that no tragedy of this magnitude will ever take place again, and we won’t stop until every garment is made in conditions where workers are safe, fairly treated, and free from gender-based violence or harassment. We won’t stop until every garment is made in a manner that doesn’t pollute the earth or exploit it’s precious natural resources. We won’t stop until fashion supply chains are transparent, provide goods jobs for the people that work in them, and eradicate modern slavery and child labour. Today we think of the true cost of our clothing. We reflect on the tragedy and we use this momentum to forge ahead and create change. Today we encourage you to ask #WhoMadeMyClothes, and demand answers. Photo by rijans via flickr

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You can support ethical brands by liking their pages, posts and buying their products if you can. Steering away from fast fashion and brands that make their products in factories that are unsuitable is a great way to show who you want to support. Using your money to vote for the kind of world that you want to live in is an idea that we can all get behind!

Fashion Revolution also recommend tweeting brands using the hashtag #whomademyclothes to encourage brands to increase their transparency.

 

Who Made My Clothes?

You can send your favourite brands a letter using the template here to ask them what their worker’s rights and standards are! If enough people ask then they cannot deny their potential customers this information and may even put the question #whomademyclothes on their FAQ page! Snapping a selfie with your clothes inside out and the labels on show is also one way to show support! By asking people to wear their clothes inside out, show the label and ask the brand #whomademyclothes, the connection between the garment workers and the garment wearers is made. Transparency is the key…

 

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Hey @gormanclothing I would love to thank the people that made my beautiful dress so can you tell us who made it? . . Are you also able to share where they are made and if 10O% of the people who are making them are doing so in a safe environment whilst getting paid a living wage? . . I am also interested on the environmental effects your clothing brand has and what steps are being taken to avoid textile waste and the use of hazardous materials in your supply chain. Thanks Kx . . It’s fashion revolution week this week and so we are asking brands who made our clothes to encourage greater transparency in the fashion industry . . Join me and millions of others doing the same. Instructions are available via my stories ✅ . . #ethicalclothing #ethicalfashion #sustainablefashion #slowfashion #ethicallymade #sustainableclothing #vintageshop #whomademyclothes #ethicalfashionblogger #fashionrevolution #slowfashionmovement #nothingnew2019 #buynothingnew2019 #buynothingnew #30wears #SpotMyStyle #realstreetstyle #sustainablebellsandwhistles #thisoldthing #shopyourwardrobe #showusyourgorman #fashionrevolutionbrisbane #diy 📸 @rogerclarke.art

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“Since Fashion Revolution started, people from all over the world have used their voice and their power to tell brands that things must change. And it’s working. The industry is starting to change.More brands are being open about where their clothes are made. More manufacturers are making their factories safer. More producers are being seen and heard.” – Fashion Revolution

 

Make it easier to buy ethically…

 

Ultimately, we think that if brands made buying ethically the rule and not the exception then it would be a lot easier for customers to buy from brands that they align with. Making it easier to buy ethically can only be a good thing, say no to exploitation and say yes to brand honesty!

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