Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. First of all, have you ever heard about the “Who Made My Clothes?” movement? Or perhaps you have seen someone post their pictures holding posters worded “I Made Your Clothes” before? Well, if you have not, today’s blog post will cover this topic.
Who made my clothes movement was first launched in 2013 by two inspiring women behind a non-profit global movement called Fashion Revolution named Orsola de Castro and Carry Sommers. They were very much influenced by one of the most horrible incidents in the entire of fashion history, the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2013.
Both Orsola and Carry came from strong activism backgrounds towards sustainable fashion. Hence, this movement aimed at spreading a call to action to demand transparency within the fashion industry, including a safer workplace and fairer pay for garment workers. With that being said, key players in the fashion industry, such as the designers, manufacturers and consumers, must collaborate towards changing the way clothing is sourced, produced and consumed. As a result, this global movement has tremendously improved workers’ working conditions around the globe.
The Ten-Point Fashion Revolution Manifesto
cited from their website https://www.fashionrevolution.org/manifesto/
For fashion to provide dignified work, from conception to creation to catwalk. It does not enslave, endanger, exploit, overwork, harass, abuse or discriminate against anyone. Fashion liberates worker and wearer and empowers everyone to stand up for their rights.
For fashion to provide fair and equal pay. It enriches the livelihood of everyone working across the industry, from farm to shop floor. Fashion lifts people out of poverty, creates thriving societies and fulfils the aspiration.
For fashion to give people a voice, making it possible to speak up without fear, join together in unity without repression and negotiate for better conditions at work and across communities.
For fashion to respect culture and heritage. It fosters, celebrates and rewards skills and craftsmanship. It recognizes creativity as its strongest asset. Fashion never appropriates without due credit or steals without permission. Fashion honours the artisan.
Fashion stands for solidarity, inclusiveness and democracy, regardless of race, class, gender, age, shape or ability. It champions diversity as crucial for success.
Fashion conserves and restores the environment. It does not deplete precious resources, degrade our soil, pollute our air and water or harm our health. Fashion protects the welfare of all living things and safeguards our diverse ecosystems.
Fashion never unnecessarily destroys or discards but mindfully redesigns and recuperates in a circular way. Fashion is repaired, reused, recycled and upcycled. Our wardrobes and landfills do not overflow with clothes that are coveted but not cherished, bought but not kept.
Fashion is transparent and accountable. Fashion embraces clarity and does not hide behind complexity nor rely upon trade secrets to derive value. Anyone anywhere can find out how, where, by whom and under what conditions their clothing is made.
Fashion measures success by more than just sales and profits. Fashion places equal value on financial growth, human well-being and environmental sustainability.
Fashion lives to express, delight, reflect, protest, comfort, commiserate and share. Fashion never subjugates, denigrates, degrades, marginalizes or compromises. Fashion celebrates life.
After reading these manifestos, I strongly believe that they really demonstrate our current situations as well as our hopes and ambitions towards the more circular fashion industry. Additionally, they also perfectly cover every corner of our concern, from social justice to environmental issues caused by the fashion industry. So, let’s support circularity within the fashion industry, together!
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