Fashion Revolution is a time where we all come together on the anniversary Rana Plaza collapse , a building in Bangladesh, housed a number of garment factories, employing around 5,000 people. The people in this building were manufacturing clothing for many of the biggest global fashion brands. More than 1,100 people died in the collapse and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. The victims of the collapse were mostly young women.
What is Fashion Rev?
It is an organisation that is campaigning to ensure clothing production is done in a clear, safe, accountable and fair way.
You can find out more about Fashion Rev organisation here
We here at Yes Bébé believe we should know where our clothes come from. The brands we work with believe the same and are happy to show you who makes your clothes.
Whats is GOTS Cotton?
GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic textile materials including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent third-party certification of the entire textile supply chain.
As part of this the supply and chain of these products have to guarantee following:
- A safe and clean working conditions
- paying fair wages
- Not using child labour
- Working hours are not excessive
- No discrimination
- Occupational health and safety is required
You can find out more about GOTS here
Read on below to see how we are trying to do to be part of the fashion revolution.
As a small business we aren’t a big fan of fast fashion and we have cut down on the amount of clothing we sell. We are trying to choose a couple of prints and basics in different drops, some drops we choose not to participate in. These clothes can be used across different prints and brands so we want to slow down and choose a few key pieces that can be used across the seasons.
A great thing about the ethical clothes is I feel that they are made of good quality you can reuse and hand them down to more children as the last thus becoming a more sustainable way of living.
I also find in my house that brands that have GOTS fabrics in are much softer on the skin which help stops his eczema flair up quite so much. The fun bright prints makes it much easier to convince him to wear clothes too.
Here’s a few brands we work with (there is more fantastic brands – you can find the ones we stock on the site just here ). and what they do to help support the supply chain of ethical clothing and be part of the fashion revolution.
They visit their small factories every 6 months to plan and create each collection. When they can see the daily life in the factory. They can be confident that their workers are being fairly treated and working in a safe environment. They have a long standing and stable relationship with their factories which leads to great quality clothes being fairly and safely made.
Duns started in 2007 with their keywords for the business being organic, unisex and unique.
The have their production units in India. They work between 9 and 5 and if they work overtime it is voluntary and paid. Also if it is too hot the working hours are adjusted because they want to keep them safe and in a good working environment. There is 20 permanent employees and 25 floating (where they have special knowledge and move to different departments depending on the need of the day).
You can read more and see more about Duns and their factories here
Maxomorra employs 300 people in their factory in India, about 80% are female. They also visit their factory to check in once a year. Maxomorra have been working with their factory since they started the business in 2008. They are paid living wages so they can earn enough to live on, look after their families and have savings. The factory also has solar panels on the roof . This means they can have renewable energy in their factory which helps become more green.
What can you do?
Here are a few things you can do to have a positive input on fashion and be part of the fashion revolution –
- Promote and love the use of second hand clothes. We have a Preloved Facebook page where you can sell on outgrown clothes from ethical brands. Find it here
- Talk to your children about where their clothes come from and how you can do better for the planet and the people who make the clothes.
- Buy from ethical brands when you can. You know the clothes you have brought have got an ethical ethos and good supply chain.
- Research the brands you want to buy. How do they look after their staff? How do they produce their products
- Price of clothing Before I did some research in to ethical clothing I would buy cheaper clothing brands. But looking back at this now I realise that the people who made these clothes may not of been made in a sustainable, safe or fair work place.
- How do you wash your clothes? – Wash your clothes at a lower temperature because the clothes one don’t need to be washed at a higher temperature. It is also better for the environment to wash on cooler washes.
Find all our clothing brands here