The Fashion Revolution that is. If you are not, it is time for you to really think about the planet you want our children to live in.
New research shows clothes bought in the UK produce more carbon emissions per minute than a car driving round the world six times. This statistic was reported by The Tab. I can't even imagine what it is in the USA. We are bigger and I think overall more wasteful.
I joined the Fashion Revolution movement when it first started after the Rana Plaza Fire in Bangledesh but I have been practicing much of what they are fighting for for much longer.
"Have you ever wondered who made your clothes? How much they’re paid, and what their lives are like?
Our clothes have gone on a long journey before they hit store shelves, passing through the hands of cotton farmers, spinners, weavers, dyers, sewers and others. Approximately 75 million people work to make our clothes. 80% of them are women between the ages of 18 and 35.
However, the majority of the people who makes clothes for the global market live in poverty, unable to afford life’s basic necessities. Many are subject to exploitation; verbal and physical abuse, working in unsafe and dirty conditions, with very little pay." Info from the Fashion Revolution website.
So what can you do to help?
- Join Fashion Revolution
- Ask questions where you buy things
- You pay $100 and up for your Cable every month. If the top is $5.00 and new, not from thrift, chances are it was made by someone in poverty. Don't buy it...the only one getting rich are the big companies.
- Buy from Small Local Artisan Clothing Companies like ours.
- Take better care of your clothing.
I can tell you I saw first hand from working in the Corporate Fashion World that it is not a pretty world out there. I had to see it to take action. I hope you will not wait until you see it first hand to really open your eyes. The time for change is now before it is too late.
Now, what will you do to take action? Just give me one thing.