Fashion Revolution 2016
On April 24, 2013, 1,133 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Social and environmental catastrophes in our fashion supply chains continue. Fashion Revolution says enough is enough. In over 60 countries around the world, tens of thousands of people participated in the first Fashion Revolution Day on April 24, 2014. In support of the international effort, Made for Freedom celebrated that day by sponsoring its first Fashion Revolution Celebration Ethical Shopping Event. In April 2015, Made for Freedom sponsored its second Fashion Revolution Celebration along with an Ethical Fashion Show at TechArtista.
April 24th, the day St. Louisans will celebrate Earth Day in Forest Park, is also the annual celebration of Fashion Revolution. On this day, people in more than 80 countries will urge the fashion industry to transform its manufacturing and sourcing practices by asking, “Who made my clothes?” This year will mark Made for Freedom’s third annual Fashion Revolution Event.
Offering local sustainable products and services, the Saint Louis Earth Day Celebration will delight with music, art, and organic cuisine. The Earth Day Celebration has made a new addition to the entertainment line up this year: theMade for Freedom-sponsored “Fashion Revolution Fashion Show.” The Fashion Revolution Fashion Show will be held on the Community Stage, under the canopy of the Muny entrance, from 5:00-5:30 PM. Just in time for Spring, rejuvenate an existing wardrobe with pieces that uplift the customer, the planet, and the people who create products that you can feel good about using and wearing.
The brands pushing “fast fashion” trends of today use low quality fabric and pay low wages. This practice creates sweat shops and drives people into poverty making them vulnerable to exploitation. When consumers put their dollars behind their convictions, companies are motivated to provide dignified jobs that allow marginalized people to lift themselves out of poverty. Eighty percent of garment workers are women; thus, shopping ethically empowers women globally and breaks the cycle of extreme poverty by paying a fair wage.