Who Made Your Clothes?

Broadcast on 2017/05/30 (PT)

Carry Somers, Founder and Global Operations Director, Fashion Revolution

The team at Fashion Revolution believes that fashion should feel good. They believe that much of the global fashion industry is opaque, exploitative and environmentally damaging and desperately needs revolutionary change. In fact, they love fashion but they don’t want our clothes to come at the cost of people or our planet. What they do believe in is a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure. They are on a mission to unite people and organizations to work together towards radically changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed, so that all of our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way. Find out how this revolution is literally sweeping the globe and how you can be a part of it. This show made possible due to the generous support of The Chapman Automotive Group.


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SHOW NOTES

INSIGHTS

  • Fashion Revolution was born in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh – 1138 people were too many people to lose from the planet as a result of our insatiable appetite for fashion…it is time for a revolutionary change.
  • Carry was having a bath a few days following the disaster and the idea of Fashion Revolution hit her – she got out of the bath and started doing something about that idea…and that germ of an idea is now a global movement.
  • Fashion Revolution celebrates fashion as a positive influence while also scrutinizing industry practices and raising awareness of the fashion industry’s most pressing issues. They aim to show that change is possible and encourage those who are on a journey to create a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion.
  • Fashion Revolution and Fashion Revolution Week (which falls every April on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse) is a movement where brands and producers are encouraged to respond with the hashtag: #imadeyourclothes and to demonstrate transparency in their supply chain.
  • Fashion Revolution participants are “pro-fashion” protestors because they love fashion and want to see it become a force for good.
  • 2016 Fashion Revolution Week was their “loudest” and most active week ever!
  • Fashion needs to feel good – Carry explains that deep philosophy behind that statement during this show – join us to go deep!
  • Be a disruptor who dares to say, “I can change the world.” We have such power as consumers – to recognize that power and own it…then we are all part of creating the change we seek in the world.
  • Shifting the stereotype in the United States that “responsible fashion is not fashion forward” is key to getting the Fashion Revolution going in the United States.
  • What is fast fashion and how does it differ in Europe versus the United States? Join our discussion to learn more.
  • It is not the speed of production that is necessarily the problem – it is the speed of consumption. We need to consume less and that will positively impact the production. Reduce is absolutely the key to preserving our planet and preserving ourselves.
  • When we put faces on the production of the clothing we are all wearing…we care. We care about their working conditions. We care about their life experiences. Know your farmer – know your clothing producers.
  • Only about 10% of the clothing given to second hand stores (in the UK) is resold – most is shipped to central America where it is negatively impacting their local economies. The clothing shipped in is so cheap that local merchants can’t compete with the price point.
  • Fashion Transparency Index – learn about this index and how you can get your copy by listening to this podcast!
  • What can we all do? Ask the question – who made my clothes?

GET INFORMED!

  • Visit the Fashion Revolution website
  • Like Fashion Revolution on Facebook and follow them on Twitter
  • Learn more about the story Mrs. Green mentions during the podcast here

GET ACTIVE!

  • Join the Fashion Revolution and Do Something – lots of ways to take action on the Fashion Revolution website
  • Follow Eco Fashion Talk
  • Read the book ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials

 



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