The #whomadeyourclothes question originally posed by the @fash_rev movement encourages everyone to think about the hands behind their clothes. Do you know who made your clothes, their names, where they are from, how they are treated or how much they are paid?
The revolution focuses on dissecting why only a handful of people benefit from the clothing manufacturing industry. The promise of globalisation was supposed to be a win win situation. It was supposed to provide an opportunity for people in third world countries to earn an income. However, the business models of the businesses controlling the market are flawed. Huge brands in first world countries operate on a PURELY PROFIT driven basis. They produce cheap, bad quality products at the expense of people and the planet.
It is an unsustainable business model and we are beginning to see the shortcomings.
Whilst it is not fair that the onus falls on individuals to change these things governments do not play their part. They should put systems in place that implement fair trade. While their behaviour remains passive we can all put pressure on companies to change their behaviour by voting with our bucks.
If you don't support companies that don't support your values their PROFITS will DECREASE and they will begin to listen. You can protest by refusing fast fashion and supporting local, ethical businesses. Spend your hard earned bucks on business that you want to see grow.
🌱 🌿 The person seen in blue head scarf in the image above is Rashieda. She has been working in the industry for over 40 years. She started her own small home based manufacturing house 5 years ago. We have a good, honest, open relationship with her and we both enjoy working together.