Who Made My Clothes?

Did you know that the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world after oil? Not only are clothes heavily resource dependent to create (it takes approximately 713 gallons of water to grow the cotton to make a singe t-shirt), they are treated with harmful chemicals and dyes, which emit gases like N2O long after the garment is made. Environmental impact aside, the fashion industry has been plagued with evidence of abhorrent working conditions and unlivable wages for garment workers in countries where regulation and oversight are minimal. In 2013, approximately 1,100 people died in the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh after the structure collapsed on them. Management ignored the growing concern of workers who pointed out visible cracks in the building, forcing them to return to work or have their wages held.

As unfortunate as the Rana Plaza incident was, it did raise questions on the conditions of who makes our clothes and how the fashion industry affects our world. The conversation is gaining momentum and our favorite brands are feeling the pressure to become more transparent and accountable for their practices.

This week, Fashion Revolution asks brands to answer #whomademyclothes for Fashion Revolution Week. Learn more about the movement and what you can do to be part of the change.

Who Made My Clothes?

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