It's Fashion Revolution Week! Join The Movement

I believe that in order to change the world you need to start with yourself. You need to be the change you wish to see. An area I would like to see changes within is the (fast) fashion industry. Why you might ask? Because millions of people (mainly women but also children - yes, child labor is a very common thing!!) are working in dangerous environments, with so little pay they cannot even support themselves never mind their families even though they work at least 12 hours a day with no breaks. 

That is the reality for so incredibly many people in developing countries working in sweatshops. 

And why is this the reality today? So that fast fashion brands can earn billions of dollars constantly bring out new lines of poor quality clothing knowing that you need to come back for more and and polluting the hell out of the earth. Profit before the safety of humans and the planet. 

Why is the movement so important? 
Not only is this movement important because of what I wrote above but also because the fast fashion industry literally kills people. In 2013 over a thousand people lost their lives at a factory in Bangladesh that collapsed despite the fact that the building had cracks but was determined safe the day before the collapse. 

Something is wrong if this is the reality for so many people fearing for their lives and for what? How is clothing more important than people's lives? 

You can read more about why I choose to stay away from (fast) fashion brands and why they are so incredibly unethical. Click here for more information on why I thrift shop.  

What can you do? 
This week is Fashion Revolution week. A week dedicated to spreading awareness for the unfair treatment of garment workers and the unsustainable practices of the fashion industry. This week is all about asking #WhoMadeMyClothes and demand transparency from clothing brands. You have the choice to be a voice for a movement with the power to change the fashion industry. 

Here is what you can do to join the movement and demand change:
  • Post a picture on social media with your clothing label and ask the brand #WhoMadeMyClothes? like the picture I have above. 
  • Send an email or dm your favorite brand and ask them for more information about their supply chain and their manufacturing. Who is making their clothes and how are they treated? 
  • Share a haulternative, a haul without new clothes - instead share clothing that is second hand, swapped, DIY'ed, rented or maybe something you have had for many years. 
  • Write a policymaker and ask what they are doing to protect the garment workers and create a more sustainable industry. 
  • Take part in local events. The Fashion Revolution has many events happening worldwide. Get involved and help spread the awareness. Here is a list of events

What else can you do? 
If you want to know more about the industry you can watch the documentary The True Cost which you can find on Netflix. You can learn more about why you should watch it here. 

You can also start building your own ethical wardrobe which I have shared how to do so right here. 

Before buying fast fashion, think about the people that suffer. Someone else is paying the price in order for the clothes you buy to have low prices. How is fashion more important than people? We need to spread awareness if we want to see changes. We need to make the brands aware of the fact that we care about the people suffering.