Fashion Revolution Week 2022, what is it and why you shouldn´t missed it!
18th April 2022, Anna H.
The Fashion Revolution Week is here so we have the perfect opportunity to tell you what is it about. Fashion Revolution Week is happening every April and is organized by the Fashion Revolution initiative.
Rana Plaza catastrophe
Rana Plaza used to be a building in Bangladesh. There was a number of textile factories with around 5,000 employees inside. These people made clothes for many of the most famous fashion brands. However, the Rana Plaza building has long been in bad technical condition. Just before the catastrophe, there were even many warnings about its possible collapse. Workers were nevertheless ordered to come to work, and during one of their shifts (April 24, 2013), the building collapsed. 1,134 victims remained in its wreckage and another 2,500 people were injured. This disaster is considered the biggest accident in the history of the fashion industry.
Fashion Revolution Week is held every year around April 24 to commemorate the lost lives in Rana Plaza. And it fights for the safe and decent working conditions for all people in this field.
Fashion Revolution in the Czech Republic
During the Fashion Revolution Week, many events take place around the world to raise the society awareness of how the fashion industry works. Their organizers fights for the biggest possible transparency of the supply chain of all fashion brands. Using the hashtag #whomademyclothes, you can also encourage your favorite brands to show how, by whom and where their products are actually manufactured.
Fashion Revolution in the Czech Republic is represented by Fashion Revolution Czech Republic, which you can follow on Instagram, for example. You can personally attend several events, for example in Brno or Ostrava. We definitely recommend also to check the schedule of all world events during the Fashion Revolution Week. There are dozens of free events including many interesting online seminars.
Fashion Revolution in the world
Fashion Revolution is a non-profit global movement with teams in more than 100 countries around the world. It was founded by Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro. The organization is funded by private foundations, commercial entities and generous donations from individuals. We really like that Fashion Revolution is focused on finding solutions. It does not just try to make us feel guilty, but rather to show us consumers that we have a big power to do many for positive change.
Fashion Revolution Week is not the only Fashion Revolution campaign. Another interesting campaign is definitely the Fashion Transparency Index. The Fashion Transparency Index is a tool that aims to motivate the world's largest fashion brands to be more transparent about their practices and processes throughout the production chain.
The Fashion Transparency Index contains 239 indicators that cover a wide range of topics, such as climate change, forced labor, gender equality, living wage, waste and recycling, working conditions and much more.
This year, the Fashion Transparency Index was published for the sixth time. It examined and ranked the world's 250 largest fashion brands according to the information they publish about their practices, procedures and impacts on their operations and supply chain.
And what is the result?
- As many as 99% of major fashion brands do not disclose the number of employees in their supply chain who receive at least a living wage.
- Less than 10% of brands ensure payments to suppliers within 60 days. In other words, consumers often wear clothes (and throw them away!) before brands pay the people who made them.
- Only 14% of brands publish the total amount of products produced per year, which makes it difficult to understand the extent of global overproduction.
The good news!
- In 2021, more than a quarter (27%) of brands already publish at least some of their suppliers (eg. sewing workshops, dye shops and laundries) - which is a small increase from 24% from the previous year.
- 11% of brands publish at least some suppliers of raw materials (eg. cotton or wool) - compared to only 7% in 2020.
Transparency is only the first step, but a very necessary one. But it is not to be confused with sustainability. But without transparency, it will not be possible to achieve a sustainable, responsible and fair fashion industry.
And what do we do about it? And what can you do?
Sometimes we feel that it is not our business, because all these scandals are taking place far away from us. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true. I personally worked in the textile industry in Los Angeles, so I know from my own experience that inhuman working conditions in textile factories are taking place in the most developed countries of the world as well. They mostly exploit the vulnerabilities of immigrants, who have little choice but to work in these factories, often in awful conditions.That is why at Appre we try to do our best to avoid similar practices. We make our clothes either in our own studio in Prague or in a factory in the Czech Republic, where we can come at any time and check the production.
It is a bit more demanding with the control of the production of materials, which unfortunately are no longer produced in large quantities in the Czech Republic today. We try to at least look for suppliers who have quality certificates (most often GOTS), which guarantee ethical and responsible production throughout the process. We also order all our packaging material, business cards, tags, etc. from Czech suppliers. And in recycled (and recyclable) form.
And all of us as consumers we can take the first step in becoming interested in the origins of the things we surround ourselves with. And let's keep educating ourselves! We can start right now, during the Fashion Revolution Week!