Fashion Revolution: Our AtlasChart Top 5

Fashion Revolution: Our AtlasChart Top 5
Orsola and Carry campaign against mindless fashion every day

Do you know who made your clothes? Who grew the cotton, spun the threads, dyed the fabric and sewed them together? Two fashion entrepreneurs are making sure you ask those very questions by bringing the hidden people behind what we wear into the public eye – from the cotton farmer, seamstress, knitter and weaver to the factory worker.

Inspired to act after the deadliest garment factory accident in history killed 1,134 people in Bangladesh on 24 April 2013, Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro decided to turn the fashion industry inside out. Today their Fashion Revolution Week is a global movement across 89 countries (and counting) that throws light on fast fashion, asks difficult questions and campaigns to stop bad practices. But it’s not just for one week every April that fashion and ethics to go hand in hand. The pair invited us to enter the worlds of garment workers in Bangladesh and to the cotton farms in Egypt with their Top 5 projects…

 

1. Junk Kouture, Ireland

Junk Kouture

Dress up your junk

“At a time when the whole world seems hell bent on throwing away, we love those pioneering souls who do the opposite. Collecting rubbish and transforming it is not just fun and creative, it should become a political statement. Encouraging school kids to take responsibility is totally the right way forward for a cleaner future.”

 

2. Supporting the Children of Garment Workers, Bangladesh

Supporting garment workers

Fashion’s children

“Female garment workers work long hours and are seriously underpaid, especially in Bangladesh. TRAID’s initiative helps to ensure their kids are in a safe environment whilst their mothers are at work. We all know how important good childcare is and often take it for granted. We applaud them for this initiative.”

 

3. Cottonforlife, Egypt

cotton

Egypt cottons on to sustainability

“A super-advanced project that encompasses so many different aspects of sustainability, both socially via education and fair wages and environmentally, from organic seed to sustainable manufactured yarns. We admire Cottonforlife and will continue to work closely with them.”

 

4. Lensational, UK

Lensational

Life thru her lens

“To be able to SEE what women garment workers’ real life looks like, from their point of view (literally) is a wonderful way to create empathy and understanding. As people we are all different, but all equal. We tend to forget this. Lensational helps us remember.”

 

5. Pathways for Promise, Bangladesh

pathways to progress

Beyond the factory floor

“Women’s education is at the heart of everything: empowering women and young girls should be a global priority. When it comes to who makes our clothes, 80 percent of garment workers are female, often exploited and underpaid. We love this project that provides them with free education.”

Orsola De Castro was talking to Atlas Editor Lisa Goldapple, Read more about Fashion Revolution Week and register for Fashion Revolution Educational Resources.

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