Fashion & Fair Trade
FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK 22-28 APRIL 2019
Have you ever wondered who made your clothes? How much they’re paid, 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.
Fashion Revolution Week is our #whomademyclothes campaign in April, which happens at the time of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on 24th April 2013.
With more brands coming on board, it’s becoming even easier to choose Fair Trade throughout your wardrobe. Look for Fair Trade clothing next time you shop, or encourage someone else to choose Fair Trade for their next clothing purchase. Not sure where to find Fair Trade apparel? Take a look at Fair Trade USA’s shopping guide and Fair Trade Federation’s member list.
We use this week to encourage millions of people to ask brands ‘Who made my clothes’ and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain. Use your voice and your power to change the fashion industry.
Together we are stronger. Join the movement.