It has been four years since the Rana Plaza Factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,134 people and injuring over 2,500 in one day. The world watched in horror as the bodies of garment workers were pulled from the wreckage of a building that many workers, just that morning, had voiced concerns of noticeable cracks in the structural walls. It is unfortunate that it often takes a tragedy of this magnitude to demand change. Looking back, here are 4 areas where I see progress in the 4 years since the collapse.
In anticipation for the upcoming Fashion Revolution Panel and Pop Up Event on Monday, April 24th, we interviewed our co-host and inspiration, Jessica Kelly, founder of THR3EFOLD. Read on to learn more about Jessica, how we are banding together to pave a path for a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry, and how YOU can make a difference.
By Madeline Bennett
FASHION REVOLUTION DAY – scream and shout and let it all out because April 24th 2017 is a day where you, me, us, can all come together to celebrate a sustainable future and show the world that fashion shouldn’t have to come at a price. Change is more than possible, and it is our responsibility to see that fashion, an industry of beaming creativity, reflects these creative values in its partnership with workers and the environment from which it derives its resources! The future is now – join the revolution and let’s make awareness and change become a reality!
Written by Soko
Sit down with ethical fashion brand Soko and learn how they are pioneering ethical fast fashion and what that could mean for you.
Fashion is the largest labored industry in the world with 1 in 6 people working in it. As a consumer, sometimes it’s hard to understand just how connected you really are to people around the world. To help break this down we wanted to outline just how many people it took to make the shirt you’re wearing. By the way, this is an estimate and we’re erring on the low side and not including the many corporate teams that actually are needed to get a product from the factory to your hands.
Designers often ask us what the key differences are in running an ethical fashion brand compared to a traditional model that doesn’t hold its supply chain or practices accountable? Is it harder? How do practical day to day decisions differ? So we sat down with ethical fashion brand SiiZU to learn from their experience.
Most of the product we consume, was made somewhere far, far away, by someone we will never meet. Some choose to see this as a problem, we choose to see it as an opportunity. It is our product that connects us. While recently catching up with our friends at Krochet Kids, we were inspired (as always) by the stories they hold of the people behind their product. So we wanted to share how one of their customers, who basically lives in his Krochet Kids beanie, got to meet the bold working mother who made it in Peru.
By Jessica Kelly, Founder of THR3EFOLD
Confession time. Entrepreneurs talk a lot about the hustle and creating change, myself included, but they accidentally can make you feel like if you're not starting a company you're missing the mark. So not true. Not everyone is called to entrepreneurship, and to be honest, that's great. Creating change from within an existing company is called being an intrapreneur. And here's 3 reasons why you should be stoked to change fashion from inside a big corporate machine.