Every year in the week leading up to April 24th, Fashion Revolution Week takes place. On this day in 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. A building in Bangladesh called Rana Plaza held a variety of garment manufacturers that employed roughly 5,000 workers. The people who worked in this building made clothes for some of the world’s most well-known fashion labels. The fall killed about 1,100 people, largely young women, and injured another 2,500, making it the fourth biggest industrial accident in history.
MONEY FASHION POWER is the subject of this year’s Fashion Revolution Week.
The mainstream fashion industry is based on labour and natural resource exploitation. Wealth and power are concentrated in the hands of a few, and profit and growth are prioritised. Big companies and retailers produce far too much, far too quickly, and push people into an unhealthy cycle of overconsumption. Meanwhile, the majority of people who create our garments are underpaid and are already feeling the effects of the climate problem, which the fashion industry contributes to. We all have the ability to act as global citizens. Now is the moment to unite in support of a new fashion system that is regenerative, restorative, and revolutionary.
Fashion Revolution was founded by Orsola de Castro. Through research, education, and lobbying, they have evolved to become the world’s greatest fashion activism movement, mobilising citizens, businesses, and legislators. They are a worldwide group of people who make the fashion business function. Their goals include ending human and environmental exploitation in the global fashion industry, as well as providing safe, dignified working conditions and decent pay for everyone involved in the supply chain. They also hope to achieve a more equitable and redistributed power balance in the global fashion business by building a larger and more powerful labour movement. At the heart of their core messaging is a global fashion industry that works to conserve precious resources and regenerate ecosystems through a culture of transparency and accountability across the value chain, working towards an end to throwaway culture and a shift to a system where materials are used for much longer, nothing goes to waste, and heritage, craftsmanship, and local wisdom are recognized.
If you also wish to contribute to Fashion Revolution week, here are two things that you can do. First, take decisive action. Educate yourself and people around you about sustainable fashion. Here at Staiy, we aim to provide as many resources as possible for the same! Second, if possible, donate to the Fashion Revolution week. Fashion Revolution is aiming to bring about significant changes in the way we create, source, and use clothing. Through policy work, investigative research, innovative events, social media campaigns, and exciting educational content, we are working to increase transparency in the fashion supply chain. Regular donations from people like you enable us to take positive steps toward changing the fashion industry for the better.