Who Made My Clothes?
Today marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on 24th April 2013.⠀
To commemorate this, the global movement Fashion Revolution Week, encourages millions of people to ask brands ‘Who made my clothes’ and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.
“We believe in a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure... We want to unite the fashion industry and ignite a revolution to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased, so that what the world wears has been made in a safe, clean and fair way”.⠀
Demanding greater transparency and working conditions is important not only this week, but every day of the year. Here are some of our AFC Members, sharing the stories of their supply chains and makers.
"When we met the owner, Ravi, and his team, we knew we’d found the right people for us. Ravi worked for many years in a Fairtrade factory nearby before deciding to open up his own ethical, sustainable workshop a few years ago in the city of Tiruppur, South India. His factory is going through certification audits for Sedex and Fairtrade, two lengthy and expensive processes. In the meantime, the workshop has their GOTS certification, providing guarantees to the fair treatment of workers here."
“Who Made My Clothing?”, Merino Country is proud to say the Holt Family raised the sheep that grew the wool, Nick knitted the yarn, Yaron dyed the fabric, Dave drove the truck, Kerrie designed the garments, Mal cut the fabric, Faye, Linda, Lien & Kim sewed the garments, Janet & Caroline checked them, Nic packed them and Frog from Australia Post helped deliver 100% Australian Merino Wool garments, Grown & Made in Australia to our Australian customers! We Made Your Clothes!!"
"Know who made your clothes? Yes? Good! If not, here’s a tip. Next time you hit your favourite shopping haunts, ask if the garment workers were paid a living wage. More often than not, they won’t be able to answer you, so ask the retail assistant to pass on your concerns to the manager. Every bit helps."
“We are committed to doing business in the most ethical, socially responsible ways possible – from supporting global environmental standards and recognising unique business requirements in every country where we do business, to being involved in community-based programs that improve the way people live and work.”
“We're proud to produce our denim locally and ethically with the help of our skilled makers like Thao, Mathan & Toi. Join us as we celebrate our team and a global movement that stands for greater transparency within the fashion supply chain.”
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Head over to the Fashion Revolution website for some amazing resources, articles and event listings!