“After the Rana Plaza factory collapse, campaigners had to physically search through the rubble for clothing labels to prove which brands were producing there. Many simply didn’t know what their relationship was with those factories." - Carry Somers, founder of Fashion Revolution
It's Fashion Revolution Week and the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 garment workers, which means that apparel brands' supply chains are in the spotlight. Here are seven stories I enjoyed.
“We have one eye open and one eye closed”: The dirty labor secrets of fast fashion
According to Sarah Labowitz, co-founder of the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern School of Business, the apparel industry in Bangladesh "remains a long way from being safe and sustainable" and that the name-and-shame efforts over the last four years haven't delivered results. Read the rest on Quartz.
From field & factory to shop floor: The journey of your clothes
Refinery29 talked to Clare Lissaman, director of product and impact at Ethical Fashion Forum, about what consumers can do to make a difference.
Sustainable style: Will Gen Z help the fashion industry clean up its act?
Emma Watson, Reformation and brands like Veja and Matt & Nat are stoking young shoppers' interest in ethical issues, but journalist and author of To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out The World? Lucy Siegle tells The Guardian that cheap, fast fashion shows no signs of releasing its grip on the industry.
How four fashion design schools are teaching sustainability
Teen Vogue speaks with professors and students from Parsons, FIT, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the Savannah College of Art and Design and learns that sustainability is intrinsically woven into all of their fashion design programs.
How much has actually changed four years on from the Rana Plaza collapse?
Just because something costs a lot of money doesn’t mean that the workers who made it were paid a fair wage. Read the rest on Refinery29.
Is deadstock the future of sustainable fashion?
Fashionista talks to the fashion brands giving a second life to fabric that was destined for the landfill.
14 sustainable and ethical fashion myths that need to die
Is donating your unwanted clothing really the best way to get rid of it? Is fashion the second most polluting industry in the world? Is anything with a "Made in China" label a POS? Ecocult discusses.