What is Fashion Revolution Week?
But the problems surrounding the industry have been long standing issues, with the disaster a tipping point for the advocacy of garment workers' rights and the climate change crisis.
What is fast fashion, and what's wrong with it?
What can consumers do?
Singapore is one of the few countries in the region that does not have a garment industry – and this is highly likely why most Singaporeans are not aware of fast fashion's impacts. We only see the end products ready to be sold to us in stores and malls.
This presents an opportunity for conversation – a chance for brands to share with us about their processes, beyond marketing campaigns and sales copy.
Afterall, every dollar we spend is a vote of confidence in the brand we buy from. We do see how it can be intimidating to take action this way, so find a friend or two to journey with you.
There is strength in numbers. A resource can be found here to guide you.
Bookmark fashionrevolution.org, watch documentaries to get a better idea of the industry and follow ethical and sustainable brands and activists locally to help you find out what change can look like through the power of your choices. While consumption continuees to be a part of life, see this article by Zerrin for practical tips on becoming a sustainable shopper.
How is Gypsied a part of this revolution?
Human rights and working conditions
Forced bonded or child labour
Low wages and gender-based violence
Loss of heritage, culture and craft skills
Cultural appropriation and structural racism
Mental health and body image
The climate crisis
Water, pollution, plastics & toxic chemicals
Forests and biodiversity
Many of these guardians of heritage are also women in developing countries who lack access to education, fair wage labour and access to markets beyond the domestic.
Some things we want to do this year
With their permission, document the stories of our tailoring team and leather craftsmen.
- Eliminate plastic buttons from our apparels.
Better packaging for your online orders — perhaps recycled boxes or recycled cardboard envelopes.
Engage in social causes for the environment, such as planting trees in mangroves in the region, a collaboration with handprint.tech.