You probably saw me mention Fashion Revolution Week on my Instagram throughout the week but it ends tomorrow guys! That means you have one day to try and leave your mark this year (or NOT leave your mark actually). These are simple ways that you can make a big impact on the industry and change the world around you for the better!
Every revolution has a starting point. Here’s a little back story on Fashion Revolution and why is is important.
“On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history.”
This was such a devastating event and really shed light on how American factories were run overseas. Over 75 million people work to make our clothing and a whopping 80% are women between the ages of 18 and 35. These are women in our age bracket working in horrible conditions!
Here are 6 ways Fashion Revolution helps you to be a better consumer every day! These are things you can do this week and every day of your life to help preserve the environment and make the fashion industry more transparent and safe.
1. Ask your favorite company #WhoMadeMyClothes!
Fashion Revolution publishes a transparency index every year that outlines how transparent the top 150 companies in the industry are. It’s shocking to me how little that companies reveal, even the companies I know and love! For example, J.Crew only ranks at 13% transparency! That’s crazy to me.
With this template below, you can send it to your favorite companies, tag them on social media, or even just take a photo showing your clothing tag and ask them to be a more transparent company! It never hurts to ask and it can greatly help the industry.
2. Reach out to your policymakers!
This is my favorite tip regardless of the issue at hand. The biggest way us common citizens can enact change is through our policymakers! Contacting them through email or sending them a direct letter can get the word out and let them know this is an issue they should be putting their time into!
There are many ways you can find out who your policy makers are; however, I was able to find a database with all policymakers in the United States! All you have to do is search for your state (I suggest using CTRL + F). Here is the Fashion Revolution postcard below!
3. Create a fashion Love Story!
No, not like Romeo and Juliet. This is a fun task! To create the love story, all you have to do is find a well-loved item in your closet and tell people about it! Instead of going out and buying something new, post about that vintage blazer your grandmother gave you or about those 11 year old Doc Martens in the back of your closet.
My example is this striped Polo! I found this at Goodwill thrift shopping six years ago while in high school for just $3.75! I have used it for many looks ever since and it always comes in handy when I have to throw together a quick look. It’s also always in fashion! This photo got featured on Who What Wear last summer for their July style challenge.
4. Shop at only (or mostly) transparent/sustainable/slow fashion retailers!
I have actually already created a blog post about my Top 5 Boss Lady Brands that you can read through using that hyperlink or under the “Fashion” tab on my home page! It highlights the awesome things these companies are doing to help the environment and ensure safe working conditions for their workers.
This is probably one of the hardest tasks on this list because slow fashion items do generally cost a bit more than fast fashion items. That being said, IT’S WORTH IT. You’re supporting local artisans, helping keep the environment safe, and benefitting good companies!
5. Donate your old clothes to a thrift shop/charity!
I posted about doing this on Instagram earlier this week and a few people reached out and said they’ve been doing this forever. That is SO GREAT y’all! If you haven’t or if you have, it’s a great thing to do. Goodwill and other thrift shops have recycling programs so even if it’s not in THE BEST shape, still give it to them. If it’s a charity it can go straight to people in need!
The bag in the featured photo is from The Little Market (a company I wrote about in my Boss Lady Brands post) and I love it! I’m able to take it grocery shopping or to the farmer’s market and it holds everything I need it to. Plus I don’t have to use plastic bags! Imagine the impact that would have on the environment if everyone did that?! Today I used it to take some old clothes to Goodwill! Trying to complete all of these steps to really do my part during this Fashion Revolution Week.
6. Wear a #Haulternative!
A #Haulternative is just an item (or items) of clothing that was thrifted, that you got through a clothing swap, that you DIY’d from something else, etc! Just an item that you really love that you didn’t purchase from a mass retailer. Why does this matter? Good On You published an article stating that it will take “20 years at best and 200 years at worst” for ONE polyester shirt to completely degrade in a landfill depending on conditions. This is a terribly long time!
This was what my Instagram post was about on Monday! Last Saturday I was lucky enough to be able to shop at Buffalo Exchange’s $1 sale (OK BUT SO FUN. I have never really “fought” for clothes before and I found a new side of myself.) and I found this adorable chiffon top. You can’t really see it because I decided I would pair it underneath this green floral tee I got at LOFT two years ago! Just saving this shirt from a landfill saved so much for the environment.
I know this was a LONG post guys. This is just a topic that is really close to my heart! I have loved the environment since I was in 4th grade!! I vividly (and tragically) remember wearing a Kermit the Frog “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” tee in my yearbook picture that year.
Being able to address real issues as an adult and bring awareness to these problems makes me feel more at peace knowing the little efforts I go to can make a major difference. I hope y’all enjoyed this post and I really hope you get involved with Fashion Revolution!
Easy ways to get involved on social media: (Link)