Recently I wrote a blog post titled “The Human Cost of Fast Fashion” about the Rana Plaza Factory Collapse in Bangladesh. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to read it, I encourage you to do so here.
I wanted to follow up on this post and put together a list of ways you as a consumer could help to create change in an industry notorious for the exploitation of our world’s poor and wreaks havoc to our environment.
So here’s what you can do to help create change and make a difference:
Avaaz is an online movement that brings people-powered politics to decision-making around the globe. By signing this petition and other petitions on the Avaaz website, you will join 21 million members across the world doing their bit to create positive change.
People Tree pioneers sustainable, ethical and fair trade fashion and so the team launched a campaign to make retailers accountable and have the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Agreement enforced. Buy signing this, petitioners agree to reduce consumption of fast-fashion and buy fair trade and second hand clothing and accessories.
Ms Wanda’s Wardrobe is a not-for-profit organisation based in the UK that brings ethical and sustainable fashion information to readers and also campaigns for change in the fashion industry.
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Vivienne Westwood came up with the fashion quote of the millennium when she uttered these words. And as a consumer if you follow this wisdom by looking at the garment labels, researching what they are made of and where they were made, and purchase sustainable, well made quality products, you will be doing more than enough to slow down our fast fashion industry.