A fair wage for garment workers in third countries is part of the message of Fashion Revolution Week. Many of us remember the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory where 1,138 people died for fashion on that day and much more were injured. Companies such as H&M, Joe Fresh, Primark, and Top Shop offered little to no compensation for this mass killing. Yet still making billions each year from unfair labour. It is with a heavy heart this conversation is still going on. But this week you can join in the conversation by asking retailers who are using factories like Rana Plaza to offer a fair wage in safe working conditions.
Fair Wage Is Not A Luxury
Multi-billion dollar companies H&M and Primark can help but so far they have turned a blind eye to the atrocities like Rana Plaza. These companies can support factories in places like India, Cambodia and Bangladesh. Garment workers could have a living wage, a safe working environment, benefits and even an education fund without affecting the bottom line. It may not seem like we’re not affected by this because it happened on another continent, but we are.
Fast-Fashion is now the second dirtiest polluter in the world. It comes only after carbon emissions. When we think of pollution we think of air pollution or rubbish and sewage, not fashion. But fast-fashion which gets its name from the quick factory turn around is made so poorly with lesser quality fabrics, it’s designed not to last. Younger generations now regard fast-fashion as great fashion finds because it’s cheap.They don’t have anything to compare.
Buying a coat, a suit or a dress kept it for decades isn’t in their vocabulary. It didn’t pill or lose its shape. The fabric was thick and heavy and it didn’t shred after cleaning.This is a foreign thought for young people. You get what you pay for, Fast-Fashion isn’t quality. Landfills are overflowing with clothes. In some cases, it’s shipped back to vulnerable countries. It might be upcycled or worse pollute that country. Fashion Revolution Week starts today and we’re asking you to ask your favourite retailers for transparency in their manufacturing process.