Fashion Factfiles #4: WHERE DO YOUR DONATED CLOTHES REALLY GO?

Hey guys, another Fashion Factfiles post!

This month, I’m changing it up a bit. We won’t be looking at issues within the production of garments themselves, but rather what happens to much of our clothing once we’re done with them and have donated it to charity.

Oh you thought they’d all be sold and bought by people to reuse?

Not exactly.

Welcome to another episode of: Calling out the West and its neo-colonial practices!

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Fashion Friday’s – Fashion Revolution and After Rana Plaza

Fashion Revolution and After Rana Plaza

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Friday’s
are usually for faves but now they’ll be for Fashion! Don’t worry, we’ll still
deliver our reviews on our favourites at the end of every month!

Today’s Fashion Friday is all about The Fashion
Revolution
. This organisation asks the big question “Who
Made My Clothes?”

Like
OSE, The Fashion Revolution was influenced by the Rana Plaza story in
Bangladesh.

‘On
24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. 1,133 people died
and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial
disaster in history. That’s when Fashion Revolution was born.’

All
three of us OSE girls are Bengali and we feel strongly about fair working
conditions. Fashion Rev believe in ‘an industry that values people, the
environment, creativity and profit in equal measure.’

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Which
perfectly explains the beliefs we share about fashion. The deaths of people who
were earning a living by mass producing clothes in harmful environments for us
in the West to pay for cheaply and dispose of unethically.

The after effects of Rana Plaza are still strong and
you can learn about this more on After Rana Plaza – https://instagram.com/afterranaplaza/  This project showcases the heart
breaking stories of people who have lost everything for us to get that next day
delivery skirt from H&M. These stories epitomise the importance of slowing
down the fashion industry.

Audio
Subtitles: “when she finished her work I always went to pick her from there.i
waited on the ground floor while she finished working. When she did overtime I
always waited for her there”, Samina Begum’s daughter Shahena lost her life in
Rana plaza tragedy. Nostalgia is the only gateway that can take her to Shahena

https://instagram.com/p/9bgvT0Qwss/?taken-by=afterranaplaza

‘Global
consumers had to consider the consequences of their actions for the first time.
What is the cost we are paying for our fashion—our appetite for trends and
cheap clothes? Do people actually realize whose life is behind the clothes they
wear? We must consider, what are the outcomes of this supply and demand, of
people’s lives involved, within the grand system of consumerism? Who is
winning? And, who is losing?’ – http://www.afterranaplaza.com/about/

A
key goal of The Fashion Revolution is to get everyone to work together, this
will result in a lot more transparency. Every detail of clothing has a source,
the colour/dye, the thread, scissors, sewing machines, electricity, hot glue,
plastic buttons and so much more. Every aspect of the clothing industry has the
potential to harm social and environmental factors. This is why transparency is
so significant. If a large clothing manufacturer knew the origin of not just a
dress, but that dress material, dye, buttons and zips, the industry would be so
much more cautious. We need to educate people and get them to want to educate themselves
about where they are sourcing their products.

The
True Cost is a documentary about the fashion industry, in the documentary I
learn that a group of workers were attacked for asking for a living wage and
better working conditions. It broke my heart. I don’t want to support and
industry that is ok with or oblivious to this awful treatment. This is why the
FashionRev movement is so vital in our so called ‘modern’ society.

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These
are tips from The Fashion Revolution for businesses in the fashion industry –

Here
are some ways that companies can demonstrate their commitment to transparency:

1.      
Showcase positive examples of brand/producer relationships.

2.       Make one
product transparent. Companies could do this through tools like ProvenanceCaretrace or
QR codes.

3.       Make at least
one supply chain transparent. Companies could do this through tools like String , Sourcemap or Cotton Connect.

4.      
Map out all your suppliers.

5.      
Document this in an internal database, at least your company knows itself.

6.      
Publish all your suppliers publicly.

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Let’s
find out WHO MADE OUR CLOTHES.