When I was asked if I would join my fellow bloggers in a day to recognize who makes our clothing to promote ethical and sustainable fashion~ my answer was an immediate “yes!“. I do sew for pleasure, but also refashion because it is a better way to go. It saves on resources, and with a little creativity on my end, I can transform an otherwise “useless” or damaged piece of clothing or fabric into something I (or our kids) can wear proudly.
Next month marks the one year anniversary of the tragic collapse of the textile complex Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh where over 1,000 people lost their lives while producing the cheap and accessible clothing that the Western world has come to expect.
In order to help re-establish the relationships and transparency within the fashion industry, people on 24th April 2014 are encouraged to wear an item of clothing inside out and ask brands/retailers, ‘Who Made Your Clothes?’
How you can get involved is to wear an item of handmade (preferably) clothing (or store-bought, if that is what you have) inside out and photograph yourself, your children, and/or your spouse wearing the clothing.
Then visit one of the above sites to sign up and be a part of the virtual Flash Mob they are putting together. You can also blog about it, or share it any way you can!
Let’s change the way we think about what we wear and be more mindful about how it is made!