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On 24 Aprilthe Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. More than 1, people died and another 2, were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. Rana Plaza was a factory complex in Savar, Bangladesh, making clothes for some of the biggest global fashion brands. Most of the 5, workers inside were young women. This tragedy was preventable. In the aftermath, survivors told stories of how they knew the building was hazardous and showing cracks in the days leading up to the collapse.
Multiple workers told their supervisors that they were afraid to enter the building and continue working. The retails shops and banks on the ground floor shut down their operations, but the demand of global brands and an insatiable fashion industry called garment workers back inside. The factories remained open and these workers made our clothes in fear for their lives.
Living clothes stories the days and weeks before the tragedy, many of these clothes were packed in boxes and shipped to brands and retailers around the world. The truth is that we bought and wore these garments stitched together in tragedy.
Since Fashion Revolution began, people from all over the world have used their voice and their power to demand change from the fashion industry. The industry is starting to listen. Deers are now considering people and planet when creating new clothing. Citizens are thinking before they buy.
But the story is far from over. We are only just getting started. Have you ever wondered who made your clothes? Our clothes have gone on a long journey before they reach stores and webshops, passing through the hands of cotton farmers, spinners, weavers, dyers, sewers and many more. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that million people work in the clothing industry, with around 25 to 60 million people directly employed. Most of these workers in low-skill and low paid work are young women. The fashion industry is a ificant contributor to gender inequality in many forms, with nearly 1 in 3 female garment workers having experienced sexual harassment in the past 12 months.
Around the world, the people who make our Living clothes stories predominantly live in poverty, lacking a living wage or the freedom to negotiate for their pay and working conditions. According to the Global Slavery Indexthe garment industry is the second most predominant sector driving modern slavery. Fashion Revolution wants to change this.
We must ask WhoMadeMyClothes? Global fashion consumption continues to gain speed at unsustainable levels and relies on a culture of disposability. Inwe produced around billion items of clothing and this continues to grow. Around the world, we produce too much clothing, from unsustainable materials, much of which ends up incinerated or in landfill. In the UK, we send 11 million items of clothing to landfill every week. We must replace our culture of disposable clothes with a culture of keeping, swapping, repairing and sharing.
Our clothes are made from materials and processes that require the extraction of natural, non-renewable resources and produce considerable negative environmental impacts. Each of the common materials we wear carries its own set of environmental issues, from the oil extraction required to create polyester, acrylic and nylon to the deforestation for viscose or heavy pesticide use in farming cotton. Every time we wash clothes made from synthetic fibres, they will shed approximatelyindividual microplastic fibres. Many of these fibres will reach waterways, harming biodiversity and potentially even compromising harming human health.
We must demand that brands take greater responsibility for environmental stewardship and chemical safety when it comes to materials. Ask brands WhatsInMyClothes? And learn more about some of the key environmental issues in our fanzine Fashion Environment Change. We are campaigning for a global fashion industry that conserves and restores the environment and values people over growth and profit. With systemic and structural change, the global fashion industry can lift millions of people out of poverty and provide them with decent and dignified livelihoods.
It can conserve and restore our living planet. Living clothes stories can bring people together and be a great source of joy, creativity and expression for individuals and communities.
Fashion industry. Trade Unions. This website was created and maintained with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Fashion Revolution and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union. Image: Daria Daria What are the conditions of the global fashion industry?
The volumes of clothing we produce and consume are harmful to people and planet. The composition of our clothing is degrading the environment Our clothes are made from materials and processes that require the extraction of natural, non-renewable resources and produce considerable negative environmental impacts.Living clothes stories
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