It has been 10 years since the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, which claimed the lives of over 1,100 garment workers lives and injured many more. This tragedy brought the dark side of the fashion industry to light, exposing the poor working conditions and low wages that are prevalent in many garment factories around the world. In the wake of this tragedy, the Fashion Revolution movement was born, and every year since then, people around the world have come together during Fashion Revolution Week to demand a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry.
The fashion industry has a huge impact on the environment and people's lives. The production of clothing involves the use of vast amounts of natural resources, from water and land to energy and chemicals. In addition, the industry employs millions of people worldwide, many of whom work in factories with poor working conditions and low wages. The fast fashion industry in particular has been criticized for its unsustainable and unethical practices, including the exploitation of workers and the dumping of massive amounts of clothing in landfills.
However, there is a growing movement towards ethical fashion, which prioritizes sustainability, fair labor practices, and transparency in the supply chain. Ethical fashion brands such as Outsider, use sustainable materials and production processes, pay their workers fair wages, and prioritize the well-being of their employees and the environment. In addition, ethical fashion brands often have more transparent supply chains, allowing consumers to know where their clothes come from and how they were made.
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There are many benefits of ethical fashion, both for the environment and for people. First and foremost, ethical fashion is more sustainable, using fewer natural resources and generating less waste. This helps to reduce the industry's impact on the environment, from the production of clothing to its disposal. Ethical fashion also supports fair working practices, providing workers with safe and healthy working conditions, fair wages, and the right to unionise. This can help to improve the lives of garment workers around the world, many of whom are women and children.
In addition, ethical fashion can be a way to express one's personal style while also supporting a more sustainable and just industry. There are many ethical fashion brands that offer stylish and unique clothing that is both fashionable and environmentally friendly. By supporting these brands, consumers can make a statement about their values and support a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry.
Fashion Revolution Week is a time to celebrate the progress that has been made towards a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry, while also recognising the there is work that still needs to be done. By supporting ethical fashion brands and demanding transparency and fair labor practices from all clothing companies, we can help to create a better future for the planet and its people.
Outsider. Sustainable and ethical fashion since 2009.