On this day three years ago, 1,134 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured in a factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was the deadliest accident in the history of the clothing industry.
Since prominent Western brands had ties to the factory, the disaster served as a huge wakeup call for some consumers in the West—including me. I had never dug that deeply into learning about the implications of my purchases before, but the thought that someone might literally die in order to provide me with a cheaper t-shirt changed that.
Since then, I’ve learned a lot about what it means to shop ethically. I’ve shared about some of that here—like how to take first steps toward ethical consumption, the benefits of thrifting, how to tell if a company is ethical, brands who are getting it right and more.
Along the way, I’ve also learned about a lot of other great voices advocating for change in this industry, from entrepreneurs to models to filmmakers. A bunch of those people have banded together to form the movement they call the “Fashion Revolution,” which aims to educate consumers and engage brands in an effort to change the fashion industry for the better. They provide great resources for people who know that things need to change, and want to do something about it.
They also declared this day, the anniversary of the tragedy in Dhaka, Fashion Revolution day. The hope is that we can remember this day of past loss while also rallying for a better future.
I’m with them. I want to see the “alternative” option become the norm. I want to see supply chains that harm neither people nor the planet. I want the next generation to be able to take for granted that their clothing was made ethically. Don’t you?
Let’s work together to make it happen. Happy Fashion Revolution day, friends.