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I can’t count the number of times that I have walked into a ‘fast fashion’ store (H&M, Forever 21, Zara, etc.), and walked out feeling like, in that moment, I did not want to support inhumane labour practices.
Today, more and more buyers have a vested interest in knowing where their garments are coming from, and who is behind the production (aka: the millions of women, men, and children who, day in and day out, face appalling factory working conditions, and who STILL cannot afford to feed and clothe their families… while we stroll around in our $10 t-shirts, drinking our $5 Starbucks lattes).
We CAN do better, and we can demand better. I, too, am ‘guilty’ of making frequent purchases at the aforementioned retailers. But ethical and sustainable fashion practices are not out of our reach, and they are within our power.
My motto is, and has always been, ‘so long as we live in this world, we have a responsibility to it’. As someone who buys clothes (and who amongst us doesn’t?!), and as a bit of a ‘fashion horse’, I felt compelled to sign the petition below, started by Fashion Takes Action, Canada’s only members-based, non-profit devoted to sustainability in the fashion industry.
“Over the past week global news outlets and social media platforms have reported on the devastating factory collapse in Bangladesh. The death toll is now approaching 400, and is estimated to increase by at least another 1000. Consumers have been deeply saddened by this tragedy, but at the same time many of us are motivated to change the way we buy our clothing.” ~ Fashion Takes Action.
No matter where you live (Canada, the US, or another country), please take a moment to sign this petition in solidarity with the victims and survivors of this recent tragedy, and all those globally who are exposed to exploitative labour conditions.