The Ethical Blogger Network is comprised of ethics-loving women and men from around the world. It's inspiring to see people unite across borders and language barriers, and we're pleased that so many of our members participated in Fashion Revolution Week this year, which took place April 18-24.
A bit of background on the Fashion Revolution movement:
On April 24, 2013, a large clothing manufacturing building in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed due to structural failure, killing 1,130 workers and injuring over 2,500. When it was discovered that prominent Western companies such as WalMart, Gap Inc., and Primark operated out of the facility, consumers worldwide were moved to do something about the poor conditions and inhumane treatment of these important people who clothe the world through their work at factories in Bangladesh and elsewhere.
Designers Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro started Fashion Revolution Day the following year, both to commemorate the lives of the people who were killed or injured in the horrific event and to mobilize consumers to take action to change the industry for the better. The cry of the Fashion Revolution is "Who made my clothes?" and each year more and more people participate by wearing their clothes inside out, attending local events and demonstrations, and asking companies, "Who made my clothes?" on social media.
Our Members' Fashion Revolution Week Posts...
Hannah of Life Style Justice wrote a piece on fair pay and transparency issues at a Fair Trade Federation certified company:
Even though it's not a fashion brand, my thoughts have centered around a particular company with white-hot anger for the past few days. There’s a fair trade paper company operating out of Southeast Asia that sells cute handmade cards. They market themselves as a Fair Trade Federation member and a cause based company that “provides employment for sex trafficking survivors”. Their website is full of photos of women who have "escaped prostitution", and stories of their lives and how this company is "helping" by employing them...Read the rest here.
Holly of Leotie Lovely wrote a series of posts around the #haulternative concept created by the Fashion Revolution team and made some great videos, too:
As a broke blogger, investment pieces, even as an eco conscious consumer, leaves me shaking in my boots. Committing to the community is not my problem, my bank account is. But I realise how important buying things you love which are made to last is and I've halted all purchases on my side until I can afford to participate in buying better.
Anna-Lena of Needles and Pinecones wrote a series, too:
Fashion Revolution Week, Tag 1: Who made my clothes?
Habt Ihr Euch jemals gefragt wer Eure Kleidung genäht hat? Habt Ihr Euch jemals gefragt ob dieser Mensch für seine Arbeit angemessen bezahlt wird? Oder unter welchen Bedingungen er arbeiten muss? Ob er seine Familie von seinem Lohn ernähren kann? Ob er ein Dach über dem Kopf hat? Ob er in seinem ganzen Arbeitsleben schon jemals einen freien Tag gehabt hat?
Urban Meisters talked about ethical fashion in the context of H&M's Conscious Collection:
Would it not be amazing if a well known International fashion label that is cool and trendy, with a large choice for everybody and accessible all over the world would be eco and so eco it would get supported by our green hero like Greenpeace, WWF & friends and validated by our Eco-fashion community? This would be amazing, right? Or at least a super facilitator to reach out to a larger target.
So when you hear that a brand like H&M goes Conscious this would help us make the Fashion world a little bit greener and a little bit easier, no? Unfortunately it is not that easy...Read the rest here.
Leah of StyleWise expanded the concept to talk about the revolution in our hearts:
I want conscious consumers to become conscious people.
I want this for myself, but I especially want this for the good of our growing conscious community. Instead, I fear that we're still operating, however unintentionally, under an "every woman for herself" ideology that favors the collective only as a means to get ahead personally and professionally...Read the rest here.
Dominique of Let's Be Fair shared some tips on kicking a fast fashion habit:
Obviously we support and love Fashion Revolution but we know that changing the way we shop is just really tough! So today we wanted to share five simple things you can start doing right now to help you ditch fast fashion and start shopping more ethically!...Read the rest here.
Kasi of the Peahen interviewed the founder of Indelust:
I was inspired to start Indelust following the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013. I became committed to supporting and promoting the craft heritage and up-and-coming makers of the Indian subcontinent. The disaster really motivated me to create a platform where I could share a stronger social message and celebrate the handcraft traditions native to the region. At its core, Indelust is about fostering an emotional connection between the consumer and her purchase. We do this by telling the story of the independent designers and artisans who make what you wear, which is a refutation of everything that led to the Rana Plaza disaster. Given a choice, we believe people will support a production model that allows for the creation of beautiful things which also uplifts those involved in their production...Read the rest here.
Kim of Kim Goes Oko discussed H&M's recycling initiative:
But back to business: let's crack the numbers (thanks to the Guardian): Due to the variety of collected clothes, not all materials can technically be recycled. Lucy Siegle calculated that H&M will take up to 12 years with today's innovations to recycle all collected clothes. That is the equivalent of what the company produces within 48 hours!!! And to top this green washing initiative: H&M schedules the World Recycle Week to be simultaneously to Fashion Revolution. No worries, you'll read more about it soon here on the blog...Read the rest here.
City Girl at Heart asked one of her favorite fashion brands, Toast, "Who made your clothes?"
TOAST you have an air about you, that you’re doing the right thing. Your clothes have a ‘do gooder’ style about them. You value serious thought in many broad fields, including art, literature, design, philosophy, food, travel and science. Simplicity. Modernity. Comfort. Colour is your mantra. Established in West Wales in 1997 you claim to be ‘renowned for uncompromising commitment to quality, creativity and thoughtfulness and manufactured by trusted suppliers around the world’ If this is the case TOAST tell us more, spill the beans what have you got to hide?...Read the rest here.