Fashion Revolution is a global movement campaigning for the reform of the fashion industry, fighting for greater transparency in supply chains, something Know the Origin definitely get behind! Celebrated every year this week also marks the anniversary of Rana Plaza, the factory collapse in Bangladesh that sparked global uproar about the treatment of garment workers.
Fashion Revolution week is all about asking ‘Who made my clothes’, it’s about considering the life and wellbeing of those in the supply chain that mean you can wear your jeans, or let’s face it right now your leggings and your activewear. This week however is a Fashion revolution week like no other, but even with all that's going on it’s more important than ever that even amidst this current crisis we call upon fast fashion companies to step up.
Whilst Covid-19 has shown us more than ever how interconnected our world is, it’s shined an even greater light on the inequality that exists in the supply chains of brands we buy. Whilst many of us are privileged enough to stay home, browsing online stores and ordering next day delivery, this crisis for some has meant the loss of livelihoods. This week we’ve heard reports from ASOS workers at risk in unsafe factory conditions; and as many of us sit at home pondering or even place these next day deliveries, brands have been cancelling orders across their global supply chains. ASOS, Pretty Little Thing, and Boohoo have been amongst the brands called out in the media this past week for cancelling orders already in transit, ready to be shipped or in advanced stages of production. This protects the brand and their interests whilst shifting the burden onto those already bearing the consequences of our fast fashion addictions.
“Once again the economic and social burden is being disproportionately
felt by some of the most vulnerable in the supply chains”- Fashion Revolution
You can read more about how brands can support their workers in KTO’s last post. As you can see now more than ever it’s important to get involved with this campaign, to call on companies to do right by the workers in their supply chains; and just because we can’t gather together in the fight for fair fashion, we can still come together online to learn and raise our collective choices in defence of those who make our clothes.
So here’s a roundup of how you can get involved in virtually campaigning this week!
Tuesday 21st April
Check out Christopher Raeburn's design Live stream on instagram with Orsola De Castro for a discussion on what Covid 19 is teaching the fashion industry. Or join a free zoom panel discussing how is Covid-19 impacting the fashion supply chain? The online panel discussion, sponsored by Sustainability at GSA, will 'explore how each stage of the business model is shifting, and focus on positive actions to make much-needed changes post-crisis.' Join here.
Wednesday 22nd April
Join Helen Kirkum on instagram for an exploration of alternative trainer consutrctions using everyday household recycling. Create new designs and find beauty in your rubbish pile through hands on and spontaneous construction.
Thursday 23rd April
Check out this Zoom Q+A hosted by Ruth Macgilp on the Fashion revolution manifestor a declaration of 10 actionable aims for a fair, safe and sustainable fashion industry.
Friday 24th April
Moving events online has it perks! This year you can virtually join an event usually hosted at the V+A and get access to Fashion Question time hosted by Fashion Revolution themselves on ‘Mass consumption: the end of an era?”.
Saturday 25th AprilSomerset House and Fashion open are hosting an afternoon to talks and workshops all streamed online. Designers will discuss careers in the fashion industry and how you can form part of a new generation of ethical sustainable designers.
Last but not least, why not take some time this week to read up on the impact of fast fashion. Whilst clothes swaps and panel events have been put on hold, we can still take this time to take stock, to learn so that we’re ready to act. Why not watch the True Cost documentary online or add some must read books to your reading list for some at home education! If you want to read more about Rana Plaza and the ethics behind Know the Origin’s supply chain there are KTO talks that explore both of these topics more that I recommend you give a read!