Lynne and I can remember the devastation we felt watching the news unfold about the tragedy at Rana Plaza factory. Worse thing being we were unwitting participants to this atrocity as we, like many others, most probably bought garments made in this factory over the years. This is the reason we at, Qwerk Emporium, supports Fashion Revolution.
Fashion Revolution is an international movement made up of people who are involved in the fashion industry. Designers, brands, retailers, manufacturers and fashion lovers are amongst the supporters. We need to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed. No-one should die or be seriously injured just to make our clothing. This is why Fashion Revolution is committed to a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.
April 24th 2018 sees the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in which 1,135 people were killed and many more injured in Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster.
Bangladesh is the world’s second largest exporter of ready-made garments and the collapse of this complex triggered demands for greater safety measures to be put in place. Pressure intensified on companies buying from Bangladesh to act, to make sure these workers were not forgotten. The garment industry is the lifeblood for a country like Bangladesh which has a population of 160 million people. It’s low wages for it’s workers have enabled Bangladesh’s garment exports to become a multi billion-pound industry.
As a result of this factory collapse and the need to ensure it never happened again – Fashion Revolution was born. To recognise this tragedy, Fashion Revolution Week will take place between the 23rd-29th April 2018 and Fashion Revolution are encouraging millions of people to ask brands #whomademyclothes and demand greater transparency in the fashion industry. The more people who ask #whomademyclothes the more brands will have to listen. We need your voice on social media and by emailing brands directly to keep asking these questions.
During this week, brands will be encouraged to respond with the hashtag #imadeyourclothes and to demonstrate transparency in their supply chain.
Join us at Qwerk Emporium and ask #whomademyclothes.
Together we are stronger.