Are you a part of the Fashion Revolution?
This week marks the fifth Anniversary of Fashion Revolution and unfortunately this also marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,138 people and injured 2,500 in 2013. Rana Plaza was a five story commercial garment factory in Bangladesh where many women and children worked, structural failures had been completely ignored by the building's owners despite knowing about signs of danger including large cracks in the building and instead forced workers to continue to work. It has been described as a man made disaster and the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. At Eat Sleep Organic we pride ourselves on focusing on positive, uplifting messages but this week we feel it is necessary to highlight and respect those lost and effected by this awful tragedy, whilst thinking about the potential solutions that can end the continuous danger, poverty and exploitation in the fashion industry.
There was a very specific moment for both of us that completely changed our relationship to the fashion industry. A documentary that not only moved us to tears but opened our eyes to so many things that we are ashamed to say we had no idea about. We have mentioned this documentary in previous blog posts however we believe it’s message is so powerful and does a far better job of explaining the terrible conditions in sweat shops and gives a real insight and first hand account from real people who are being effected by exploitation, so we have decided to highlight it again. 'The True Cost' documentary is free to watch on Netflix so if you do anything this week please take time to watch this. It forced us to realise the harsh reality of what buying fast fashion means for the environment, animals and the garments workers.
Fashion Revolution week is a global movement, born out of the desire to bring about lasting change in the fashion industry and was set up following the Rana Plaza tragedy. Have you ever wondered about the journey your clothes make throughout the production line? Clothing, like food is something we all consume. We must demand change. We must all unite to hold the fashion industry accountable. There are many ways you can begin to support the movement and we have many educational posts about the brands we love to support. However we urge you all to reach out to your favourite brand, via email, Twitter or Instagram, take a picture of the tag of your clothes and ask them #whomademyclothes. We must not turn a blind eye because people's lives and the environment are at risk.
As part of Fashion Revolution week we have devised our first ever online magazine, sharing our favourite brands who are transparent about the manufacturing their garments and are active in using sustainable practices. We are offering our Sustainable Fashion magazine for completely free for anyone who signs up to our newsletter during fashion week. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and sign up to our newsletter to receive the magazine in your inbox!
To find out more about Fashion Revolution and ways to make lasting changes, not just for this week but for the future head to their website to see how you can take action!