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Why we all need to be talking about the global movement - Fashion Revolution

Fashion Revolution is a global movement that is pushing for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics within the fashion industry.

It’s true that the fashion industry consists of mindless overproduction and incessant consumption, and the pressing issues are not being handled with greater priority. The matter is at the forefront of the destruction of the environment, with the global textile production emitting 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases annually, making it one of the most polluting industries in the world. Change will only occur if brands step into transparency and begin to provide the consumer with information about where the clothes and accessories are made and who made them.

Fashion Revolution urges all brands and retailers to pursue full supply chain transparency to disclose human rights and environmental policies, practices and impacts.
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Have you read the 2019 FASHION TRANSPARENCY INDEX? During #FashionRevolution Week, we published our annual report on the transparency of the fashion industry, reviewing the 200 biggest global fashion brands. The index explores questions like, “What are the brand’s social and environmental policies?”, “Does the brand publish a list of its suppliers, from manufacturing to raw material level?” and “What is the brand doing to address gender equality and female empowerment along the supply chain?” If you haven’t already, this important publication is a must-read for anyone passionate about the fashion industry’s environmental and social impact, and how we as citizens can push brands to do better. ???? Find the link in our story now! And read away ?????? #whomademyclothes

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Fashion Revolution is a global movement that aims to unite people and organisations to work in unison towards changing the way our clothes are being sourced, produced and consumed. This is to ensure that our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way, but also to create a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion. On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed where 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured. This building consisted of five garment factories, which big global brands used to manufacture their clothing. This is how Fashion Revolution came about.

Have you ever asked yourself who made your clothes? How much are they being paid? Are they being paid enough to support their life?

These are all very vital questions that we should be asking ourselves. Our clothes go through a very long journey before they are placed on the store shelves ready to be purchased. It is said that approximately 75 million people work to make our clothes, and 80% of them are women ranging between the ages of 18 and 35. The truth is, the majority of the people who make our clothes are living in poverty and are unable to afford the very basic necessities required for life. Many are being exploited by verbal and physical abuse as well as working in unsafe conditions, with very little pay being handed to them. This is why change is absolutely imperative.

We must learn to buy less and love the clothes we already have. More importantly, we must learn to slow down in the consumption of clothing. If we care for our clothing by looking after them currently, we can increase the longevity of it which will give it a longer lifespan. This also means saying no to buying cheaply and carelessly. Small actions as such can benefit the planet immensely.

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The more we ask #whomademyclothes, the more brands will listen and we will see change.

Get involved by sending an email to a brand, using your voice on Twitter or simply by posting on Instagram. Fashion Revolution week takes place every April, however, the global movement runs all year long so you can get involved at any point. Every step is one step closer to a more ethical and sustainable future.

You can read the Fashion Transparency Index 2019 here.
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