Happy FASHION REVOLUTION Day, a day for people worldwide to come together and raise awareness about the fashion industry. What does this mean? Today is a day to reflect. Who sewed your clothes? Who harvested the cotton? Where do they live? What conditions do they work in? How does that company treat them? Who do you purchase your clothes from and how often do you purchase clothes? When you are finished with them, where do they go, to the landfill? What can you do as a consumer to change these habits and bring justice for the factory workers, and harvesters, for those who are not profiting, but are being exploited by the fashion industry?
Last year, this week, my BFF and I entered our university's EcoWeek recycled fashion show and won first place, which was so exciting. This same week we also entered the Fashion Revolution USA contest, and won first place! This year, I am on a different side of the world, not surrounded by fashion-interested people, but through social media, I am still doing my part to help raise awareness. I hope you can too! Use your voice among your friends or through social media and remind people that the clothes they wear have an origin, and over 50 people have worked to get your clothes to you. Everyone matters and deserves respect and the right to work in a safe environment... let's remember that together. We must learn from our past, no one should die at the hands of fashion. Making the right choices as a consumer is one way to go, pushing brands to increase their labor standards is another, if you still want to do more, check out Slavery Footprint and Fashion Revolution for more resources! ;)
Here are some hashtags you can use:
#FASHREV #fashionrevolution #whomademyclothes #fairtrade #love #newyork #dtla #ethicallysourced #fairtradefashion #ethicalfashion #slowfashion #ecofashion #igfash #instafash #fashionista #style #stylish #model #models #losangeles
Inside Out for Rana Plaza:
Dangle Earrings || c/o Trades of Hope
Fair trade, made by a women's group in Cuzco, Peru (interview here!)
Blouse || Dip- Dye upcycled from Salvation Army
Second hand fashion is the most sustainable!
Tank || c/o Project Happy Hearts
Raising funds and awareness for childhood heart disease research
Relevee - Sustainably made by women survivors of human trafficking, women run, women directed
Hovey Lee - Made in the USA sustainable Eco-Jewelry
Ankle Crops || AG Jeans
Sustainably made in the USA
Sustainably and community made in Peru using local textiles (interview here!)