No More Fashion Victims – Three Things That You Can Do To Change The Industry
You can’t have escaped the news of the tragic garment factory collapse in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh where over 900 people have been killed. The really sad thing is that this is not the first tragedy like this to occur, there have been numerous fires for example that haven’t received much media attention. In fact just yesterday there was another fire that killed at least 8 people in a knit wear factory. The only silver lining in this horrific event is that it has captured the attention of the global media and all of us who buy and wear clothes. Now is the time that we can stand up and make our voices count.
There are numerous online campaigns tackling different angles to create change in the fashion industry. The fashion industry is huge; over 80 billion garments are produced each year, and the global industry employs one sixth of the world’s population. However we know that many of these people are living below the poverty line. According to Fashioning Change, if all name brands selected to increase wages by one percent of profits, 125 million people would be taken out of poverty.
Real change has to happen on three levels, through government and legislation, through the industry and through us the consumers. It is not advisable to boycott the brands in question and those who produce in Bangladesh, whether we vote with our wallets and support fast fashion or not, we are all part of the system and have the opportunity to add our voice and make a change.
Please add your name and your voice to the following campaigns and share this with your friends. Let’s make fashion and the art of getting dressed in the morning something to be proud of, not something that costs lives.
If you want to know more about what happens in the fashion industry, I recommend Lucy Siegle’s book – To Die For, Is Fashion Wearing Out The World and becoming a regular reader at the US blog Ecouterre.
And I would love to know what you think about what has happened in Bangladesh and what three brands on the high street you trust most. Share your thoughts in the comments section.