If you haven’t seen on social media already, this week is Fashion Revolution Week.
This year marks five years since the horrific factory collapse at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh that killed over 1000 garment factory workers. The building was visibly unsafe and yet the workers were still forced to go in regardless. The tragedy brought the issue of exploitation and inhumane conditions of garment workers to the forefront of western media.
Fashion Revolution was a movement started to bring transparency to the fashion industry. It doesn’t matter how premium you think your item is, fashion brands from the extremes of the pricing spectrum all use the same factories and that’s why the hashtag #whomademyclothes was started – to demand that brands disclose details of their supply chains.
The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world after oil. What’s more, is that clothing is becoming more and more of a disposable item – people are buying 60% more clothes now than in 2014 but keeping them for only half as long. The clothes discarded in the UK in one year would fill Wembley Stadium. It’s clearly completely unsustainable – so what can you do to help?
One of the other initiatives that Fashion Revolution are pushing that I absolutely love is the “Haulternative”. You don’t need to buy brand new clothes to enjoy a fashion haul. You could find a forgotten but loved piece from the back of your wardrobe. You could make, mend or swap. Or you could go hunting in your local vintage and charity shops?
This outfit is all about the amazing wide leg printed trousers that I found in Loot Vintage in Bristol. I haggled a bit of money off the price because of some damage and paid just a tenner for them. I’ve worn them on holiday with a bikini around the pool as well as chilling around the house and more dressed up as you can see here. Printed trousers are super on trend this spring and they’re in my current colour palette obsesson – turquoise and orange.
Top: And Other Stories (last year)
Jacket: Bershka (faux leather) – currently on sale
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Necklace: Sophie Filomena
Be part of the Fashion Revolution! Start asking your favourite brands #whomademyclothes on social media as well as uploading your haulternatives.
For more information and lots of brilliant downloads visit https://www.fashionrevolution.org