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Fashion Revolution – 5 Ways to Slow Down Fast Fashion

by | Fashion as a Force for Good

India - Fashion Revolution
Read Time: 3 min.

Fashion Revolution Week

Every year, during Fashion Revolution Week (FRW), we remember the tragic collapse on April 24, 2013 of Rana Plaza, the Bangladesh factory complex that killed 1,134 garment workers and injured over 2,500. Known as one of the worst industrial tragedies in history, this structural failure is one of many horrific accidents stemming from unsafe work conditions.
That was only one of several recent accidents in the garment industry. Yet out of the darkness, a revolution was born… a revolution to create awareness, to raise questions and ultimately, to bring about change. That change begins with you and I as consumers.
Haiti Artisans holding "I Made Your Jewelry" sign for Fashion Revolution Week

The fashion industry has grown at a frenzied pace. Consumers crave the newest, hottest, fresh-off-the-runway styles. This “fast fashion” focuses on quick, cheap production. Manufacturers underbid their competitors to keep up.

When issues like large cracks or other structural warning signs arise at these factories, the pressure to meet industry demands doesn’t allow for the downtime to address unsafe working conditions. Unethical companies choose risk over human rights. The unfathomable cost of that risk was evident nine years ago this week yet continues today.

Trades of Hope is Proud to Stand with Fashion Revolution Week

Trades of Hope is proud to stand with Fashion Revolution Week, the movement about changing the garment industry. Together, we can put an end to human rights violations and instead see these workers as individuals first. This revolution starts with each one of us, as consumers, caring about the real people who make what we buy.
The majority of these workers are women: Women just like you and I – women with children, sharing the same hopes and dreams for a future without worry. They deserve to be paid a fair living wage so they can be with their families instead of working 12–14-hour days, 7 days a week.

Won’t you please stop and consider…

Who made my clothes, shoes, jewelry, bag or ________________?

Florence, Trades of Hope Artisan Partner in Uganda - I Made Your Jewelry
Artisan Partner in the Philippines

BEFORE YOUR NEXT PURCHASE?

Trades of Hope is Proud to be

“Slow Fashion”

We empower our Artisan partners with safe working environments and living wages. We invest in their well-being, in their health, and in the sustainability of their communities. We pay our Artisan partners their asking price up-front, so our disounts and sales to customers never affect their income. We offer training and educational opportunities for their personal growth. We know the names of our Artisan partners. We know their stories, their struggles, their desires to meet their full potential. Each and every one of them are equal to us – and we are ALL worthy.
Jordan Artisans Holding "I Made Your Jewelry" sign for Fashion Revolution
Shop to change lives and learn more about changing lives every day by becoming a Trades of Hope Partner or affiliate. If we all do our part, the revolution will make sweatshop history!

What Can You Do?

SELF AWARENESS is key to changing working conditions and creating a more sustainable work ethic in the US and around the globe.

SHOP FAIR TRADE COMPANIES – there are more fair-trade options for all consumer products available today than ever before. Do your research, do your part.

DEMAND BETTER. Take a stand on social media: Tweet, post, Instagram @ companies and designers and demand to know #whomademyclothes
RAISE AWARENESS this week by posting photos in your ethically made fashion pieces and sharing on your blogs and social media pages with the hashtags:

#fashionrevolutionweek
#tradesofhope

POST YOUR ETHICAL STYLE PICS ON SOCIAL MEDIA wearing Trades of Hope products and you may be featured on our social media pages!

Include the hashtags:

#fashionrevolutionweek
#tradesofhope

Be sure to include:

@tradesofhope

We love to see world changers like you!

SHARE OUR TRADES OF HOPE GRAPHICS showing the REAL PEOPLE all around the world that are proud to be “Slow Fashion” and take pride in each handcrafted piece.

Fashion Revolution Week Graphic - What is Fashion Revolution Week?
Fashion Revolution Week Graphic 80% of people who make clothing earn less than $3 per day

Trades of Hope Fashion Revolution Week Challenge!

Step 1:
Check out our daily ethical styling prompts on Facebook or Instagram and join our online community!

Step 2:
Post your look daily on social media with hashtags:
#fashionrevolutionweek
#tradesofhope

Step 3:
Tag 3 friends on Facebook and Instagram to join you in our FRW Ethical Fashion Challenge!

Step 4:
LOOK GOOD.
FEEL GOOD.
DO GOOD
through Fashion as a Force for Good!

TOH-FRW-Style-Challenge

5 Ways to Slow Down Fast Fashion – Originally Published April 23, 2019.

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Barb DeSouza

Barb DeSouza

Barb has held several roles at Trades of Hope in the past 5 years but none fit this entrepreneur's style like her role in our Marketing/Communications team. Best known as her alter-ego, "Barbara Hope" in the Partners' Facebook world, Barb infuses her quirky dry humor to punctuate her posts and/or lightens tensions with a well-placed sarcastic GIF when the group's collective estrogen level is peaking. She is passionate about coffee, grammar, music, creating art, and is 817% smitten with her first grandbaby, Jack.

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