Thursday, April 24, 2014

THE FASHION REVOLUTION


    Marking the one year of Rana Plaza disaster the Fashion Revolution - supported world wide by other organisation and fashion community, came up with the movement called "Who Made Your Clothes?" 
And I was asked by the Indonesian team @Fash_RevID to join and be a part of it.
I honestly think it was a good idea, to pay it forward to the community that supports the fashion industry. But then I dig more information about the movement and the cause... That's when I realize that this is a very big deal and I'm honored to be a part of it... such a wonderful movement with a heart breaking story behind it.
I immediately jump in front of my laptop and email them that I'd love to contribute as much as I could. 



   The Rana Plaza building collapsed like an earthquake had struck.
My heart was moved by the story and I really want to share it with you.

Approximately 1,129 people were killed and 2,515 people were injured when Rana Plaza a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed on April 24th, 2013. 

According to a website source the Rana Plaza disaster is considered to be the deadliest garment-factory accident in history, as well as the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern human history. This is scary...



   After watching this video and heard that the owner actually knew that something is wrong with the building and still letting the workers work... quoted, "Bangladeshi news media reported that inspectors had discovered cracks in the building the day before and had requested evacuation and closure. The shops and the bank on the lower floors immediately closed, but garment workers were forced to return the following day, their supervisors declaring the building to be safe."
Isn't it crazy how a human being would let another human being work in an unsafe and unhealthy working condition? One of the workers/survivor, Rahima noticed the crack on the building and the peculiarity of some staff by the time they were instructed to get in after being cleared out from the building by the manager due to the "boiler blast on the third floor" which was a lie...

The victims that were injured are not able to work anymore or work the foot pedals on a sewing machine. And most of them didn't even get any compensation or money from the fund they were supposed to get.

Some made this tragedy to be a 'lesson-learned' experience and show that they could increase their safety standard along with the minimum wages but at the same time more than 10 retailers were not cooperating in making the victim's life better or at least help them go back on their feet. They refused to sign the agreement regarding compensation to the victim. I mean, it doesn't make sense... for decades of outsourcing they've been producing their products in Bangladesh and still doesn't want to help funding the victims, which is their own workers...

It's fair to say that there are a lot of place other than Bangladesh that is fast fashion's dirty little secret. And other than this there are other issues regarding the garment factories and the fashion industry.

Before Rana in Bangladesh itself; an appalling working conditions that garment workers, mostly women but also children, endured daily. There were workers that worked for long hours, no overtime pay and in unsafe buildings for less than $1 a day! They even had approx 500 victims in garment factory accidents since 2005. What about other places? Other factories? How is their working standard then? How is their condition now? Are they fairly paid by the business?


    This disaster has changed the behavior of customers from 28 international brands like Mango, including me;

Are we giving the equal amount of - not only material but most importantly, attention and appreciation to what the invisible workers behind the clothes we wear has done? 

Imagine the thread from the garment to the machinists who sewed it, all the way down to the farmer who grew the cotton. Because buying from the sales on the counter is the last thing to do in a long journey involving hundreds of people.



   Rana Plaza is one of the factors why we want to remind our fellow fashion enthusiast to raise awareness and do more to the fashion community in the fashion world.

With the support of the fashion community from the fashion community especially the academics, activist and bloggers, we dedicate 24 April to be the "Fashion Revolution Day"

The Fashion Revolution is hoping to provide a worldwide platform to celebrate best practice within the industry, to ask questions, to raise standards, to make a difference and to set an example that change is possible. Showing that we could prevent the disaster that happened in Rana Plaza and that it shouldn't be the price of workers who made an $8 t-shirt should pay.
 
Think before you choose your clothes, think before you bargain, think before you decide.

Will my bargaining behavior be resulted in motivating the producers to use cheaper low quality products? Were these make up/skin care tested on animals? Could I recycle this shirt by the time I grow older or get bored of it? Does this price suitable to the amount of energy the workers has given? Does the company use the money wisely so that their working condition of the factory is safe and healthy?

These questions could be hard to answer and sometimes we don't even think when we shop, so you could always...

1) See the label, such as H&M Conscious or made out of Organic Cotton

2) Shop from your own closet A.K.A recycles! Who says that looking stylish means always buying the latest collection and be on trend?
"Being on trend means being out of style" - what makes your style a good style is when you can mix and match; mix and match your mood to your personality, the high and low brands, and you could always make it new by D.I.Y

3) Thrift shop; as long as you wash it properly any vintage findings or thrift shop treasures are worth to spend time on.  



Join us by taking a picture of yourself #selfie wearing an item of clothing #insideout tag the brand who made your clothes and mention to @Fash_Rev on instagram and twitter :) 
 


Let's together support The Fashion Revolution and be more than just a fashion enthusiast.



Extra links for more info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Savar_building_collapse
http://www.fashionrevolution.org
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-25/-suddenly-the-floor-wasn-t-there-factory-survivor-says.html



Stay Stylish,



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