A little extra note: on April 23th, our daugther decided she couldn’t waot any longer to come into our lives. Just as I was finishing this post, labor started and we had to rush to the hospital. On April 24th Lizzy was born. That is why I present you this post, but with one day delay. Because also on this day, awareness is needed for a fair fashion industry!
Some background information
On April 24th, 2013, 1133 textileworkers were killed when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed. Sadly, this is not a lone incident. The clothing industry as we know it today, is an unhealthy industry where mainly the poor and vulnerable workers carry the burden of the cheap fashion that is sold on the market. Changes are urgently needed to turn this industry into a heatlhy one.
That is why April 24th, is international Fashion Revolution Day. In 2015, this campaign takes a personal approach. The Fashion Revolution organisation calls on all individuals to ask the question: who made my clothes?
Last week we discussed the definition of the term sustainable fashion.
A highly theoretical post which concluded with the fact that there is no one definition for sustainable fashion. This week I chose a lighter topic to discuss: my personal starting point, experience and opinion about sustainable fashion at this moment.
The past few weeks I took my first steps in the sustainable fashion world. First impression: how in the *@^(^$ does this work, where do I start with learning about it?! There is SO much I don’t know. A lot going on, experts writing books and giving talks, from a thousand different visions and angles. And I don’t know a thing. I don’t even know how normal clothing lines are being produced, how the traditional fashion industry operates, let alone sustainable clothes.
There is a whole unexplored world lying at my feet, and it excites me as much as it scares me. So what the heck, I just take the leap and start. Start by reading, talking, writing about it with people who know a thing or two. With experts in the field and with newcomers. First (big) book on my reading list? The Sustainable Fashion Handbook by Sandy Black - amazing if you ask me.