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Have you heard of Fashion Revolution Day? It is a day that marks the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh. In case you are not familiar, on April 24th 2013, 1,133 people were killed and over 2,500 people were injured for just going to work when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka Bangladesh. Most of these workers were garment workers and the sad truth is that they died sewing for many large name brands. These unsafe conditions are not an isolated incident, but closer to the status quo in many factories in the developing world.
Fashion Revolution Day says enough is enough and the goal of this international effort is not to just remember those died, but to turn fashion into a force for good by helping to raise awareness of the true cost of fashion, demonstrating that change is possible, and celebrate those who are creating a more sustainable future in the fashion industry.
The theme of Fashion Revolution Day 2015 is simple but powerful. Fashion Revolution Day is asking all of us to ask the question, “Who made my clothes?” It’s a thought that seldom crosses the minds of Western consumers as we are so far removed from the process. Who thinks as they are choosing an item of clothing off that rack that they are not only buying a shirt, but also buying into a way of doing business that in its current state, has a close eye on profits but not the people that make these profits possible.
Join the revolution and the thousands who want to see a more sustainable future for fashion on April 24th. Post a selfie showing your label on social media and ask the brand #whomademyclothes? You can also use the hashtag #fashrev to discover what others around the world are posting and planning and check out FashionRevolution.org to learn more. If you are in the Chicago area, join Chicago Fair Trade and Greenheart Shop at DePaul University for the 2nd annual Fair Trade Fashion Show. Share your love for your favorite ethical and fair trade fashion brands on social media and with family and friends. By taking small actions you can be part of a BIG change.