Fashion Revolution is encouraging people around the world to ask brands #whomademyclothes?
Shining a spotlight on the working conditions and wages of the people who work to make our clothing, the organisation’s annual event Fashion Revolution Week, aims to bring people from all around the world together, to campaign for a fairer, safer, cleaner fashion industry.
Here at Silou London, we are proud to say that we are sweatshop free. We provide good working conditions and fair pay to all our employees, but sadly that’s not the case for many of the brands in today’s fashion industry.
Approximately 75 million people work directly in the fashion and textiles industry, and many of those are subject to exploitation; unsafe working conditions and very little pay. But by exploring the flows of money and the structures of power across fashion’s supply chains, Fashion Revolution’s week-long campaign aims to help the public better understand what it is they are paying for –something we feel very strongly about.
By asking us to think about the effects of our purchases, Fashion Revolution Week hopes to inspire us to make a positive difference, and celebrate those who are creating a more sustainable future.
Taking place across 90 countries, the campaign will feature a range of events and activities worldwide to explore how garment workers are paid, how they spend their money and what their daily life is really like. Fashion Revolution will use the research findings to advocate for changes in consumer and corporate behaviour and policy changes, to help improve the living and working conditions of garment workers everywhere.
“Our clothes have gone on a long journey before they hit store shelves, passing through the hands of cotton farmers, spinners, weavers, dyers, and sewers,” explains Fashion Revolution Co-Founder Orsola de Castro.
“Eighty percent of them are women between the ages of 18 and 24. Many of the people who make our clothes live in poverty. This needs to change.”
By unlocking the invisible people and processes behind our clothing, we can work towards a more sustainable fashion industry that values people, the environment, profit and creativity in equal measure. That’s why we’re asking #whomademyclothes?
To find out how you can get involved in the event, visit Fashion Revolution’s website.