When we think of the Fashion Revolution, what comes to mind? Many of us know the switch that has occurred over the last few years regarding fast fashion and understanding the impact that this has on the lives of individuals around the world. When we think of the Fashion Revolution, many of us do not think about the spark that started the fire. It began with the tragedy at Rana Plaza in 2013.
Rana Plaza, a factory in Bangladesh, had the reputation of making some of the biggest fashion brands, globally, at the time. Even with all the revenue that would be made with the clothing produced in the country, the building itself was unsafe and cheaply made. The young women working in this factory had shared their concern about working within these unsafe conditions. These were ignored by the factory owner and once the first floor of the factory closed down, these young women were still brought in day-in and day-out to make sure that the demands of fashion were being met.
The day of the tragedy…Source: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/about/why-do-we-need-a-fashion-revolution/
The day of the Rana Plaza collapse — killing thousands of young women and men — was the day the world woke up to the realities of the horrendous working conditions associated with fast fashion.
What is fast fashion? you may ask. It is inexpensive clothing that mass-market retailers rapidly-produce to appeal to quickly developing trends. Gucci features a frilly mini dress in a bold floral print? Forever 21 or H&M has the same style at a fraction of the cost. Usually, this fast fashion clothing is produced in factories around the world where workers are paid a minimum. The conditions that these women face are often concerning.
What we need to know about how we can impact the fashion revolution…
We can make changes to protest the conditions that many women face. These protests can be accomplished through purchasing behaviors. We can begin to understand where the clothing that we buy comes from, who it impacts, and how these workers are supported — or not — and what they are paid. When we answer these questions we can then understand how to change these habits and focus on ethical trade.
Practices that tackle inequality are at the heart of Fair Trade organizations. These products are ethically sourced and paid for fairly to make sure that women, families, and communities are supported through sustainable business practices, putting people first. These talented artisans around the world deserve fair wages and healthy working conditions. We want to make sure that the Rana Plaza tragedy can never happen again. So let’s purchase products with these ideas in mind.
Source: Globein- https://globein.breezy.hr
GlobeIn is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. That means we follow Fair Trade practices, making people, and equality our priority. We have supported artisans from 50+ countries around the world, empowering women, providing fair wages, and working with communities to achieve goals. Storytelling is a powerful part of how we support one another. By sharing stories about the livelihood of artisans we can expand our global community and extend our impact on communities. Hundreds of artisans’ experiences are shared through our media platforms, such as Instagram, and are incorporated into our blogs… fueling our company’s mission. We are celebrating the art and products that are curated around the world and thanking everyone who has stood up for this Fashion Revolution.
The Fashion Revolution has inspired us these past few months. We have created an effort via our products with colorful bags, lovely jewelry, and inspired clothing. Visit our page for inspiration, ideas, and aspirations!
Let’s use this Fashion Revolution to come together as a global community! We can do this together! Check out our website for products, stories, and information regarding this important cause!