Happy Saturday Everyone,
I hope you are having a good weekend, is anyone going to Vegfest Cork or Wellfest today? Im going to Vegfest shortly, I will be driving down with my friend and then heading to Wellfest tomorrow. Hopefully the rain will stay away.
I just wanted to have a quick chat about Fashion Revolution Week 2018, but mostly the question it made everyone ask – “Who made my clothes?”. There was so much hype and buzz surrounding it and I felt it really reached a lot of people. I would by lying if I said I knew more about previous Fashion Revolution Weeks, because my fashion conscious journey literally only started April 2017, when I watched True Cost, but it was a pretty life changing moment. Since then I have bought less than a handful of things from ‘non desirable’ shops, but I am lucky, because as we all know, I take good care of my clothes and they last me for years. But since watching True Cost I really have learnt a lot and I have been very careful how I cast my consumer vote when shopping.
This year the theme of Fashion Revolution Week was “Who Made My Clothes” and only right you should know who made you clothes! We all know who our electricians are, who our mechanics are, who our hairdresser is, yes it’s easier to know who someone is when you meet them in person, but the people who make the clothes on our back also deserve recognition. In most cases unfortunately, the people who make clothes for sale in most high street stores will never get a thank you or recognition beyond the factory doors. The very people who make our clothes, do not have the same working rights as we do and even though these fashion companies are making BILLIONS annually, the actual workers are paid a pittance. Personally this is not ok with me. I would rather put money aside for a few weeks and buy a new top that is more expensive, but where I know the workers are treated well and fair than a top that was cheaper for me to buy, but makes me question what the true cost behind the top is?
The idea behind ‘Who Made My Clothes’ was that you would take a picture of your clothing with the label and via social media question (with a hashtag of course) “Who Made My Clothes?”. It really put the spotlight on a lot of different companies and made them quite aware, that we the consumers, want our money spent the right way, not so that Chloé Green and her boyfriend Jeremy can go on yet another cruise on her dad’s million dollar yacht. By all means they can, but not if some poor soul in India is working 15 hour days and going home barely able to feed their family.
When I ask, “Who made my clothes?”, I also ask
- What room did they make my clothes in?
- Was it safe?
- Were they treated with respect?
- Are there regular checks and audits done on these factories?
- Are they paid fairly?
- Are they kept safe from any harsh chemicals when working with the materials?
- Are the farmers treated and paid well?
- If there is an accident are they cared for by the company…. Unfortunately there is no point in asking if they themselves have personal health insurance.
There are so many more questions that need to be asked when thinking of who made my clothes. But questioning “Who made my clothes” it is definitely something to get more people aware of the fact that in paying €5.00 for a beautiful top …….. something went wrong along the way. It does not add up (material cost & workers cost & transport cost & actual selling cost & vat & tax …… ????? ). Realistically it really doesn’t make sense.
So just because Fashion Revolution Week is over doesn’t mean we need to shop questioning where our clothes comes and demanding more knowledge from the shops on who actually makes our clothes. Some well known brands who actively participated in ‘Who Made My Clothes’ are
and many more.
‘Who Made My Clothes’ is definitely something we can all keep questioning going forward when casting our consumer votes. I done a previous post on how to be more ethical when shopping, which you can read about here – Shopping Ethically – Tips and Tricks and also on ethical Irish Brands – Ethical & Sustainable Shopping Guide Ireland.
For more information and to stay up to date with ethical fashion visit……
Thank you for reading and if you ave any other helpful websites to share please do. Do you question who made your clothes and/ or will you question who made your clothes going forward?