It’s Fashion Revolution Day! Show your support by asking #whomademyclothes on social media. On April 24th 2013 the Rana Plaza Factory collapsed in Dhaka,Bangladesh killing 1133 workers and injuring 2500 more. As a maker I’m wearing my handmade clothes inside out today to raise awareness and show solidarity. One of the goals of #FashRev is to encourage the fashion industry to be more transparent and fight for the ethical treatment of workers in the garment industry.
I’m wearing my newest make here, my Racerback Refashion, which was made from leftover fabric scraps ordered originally from Marcy Tilton and an older dress from BCBG. I’m all for the make do and mend mentality. One of the reasons I started sewing my own clothes after having kids was wanting to control the fabric selection and have more durable, long-lasting clothing. At the time I couldn’t afford to buy the quality of clothing I wanted to wear and what I could afford was cheaply made from who knew were.
I’ve only been sewing for a few years now and love how much I’m still learning about sustainability and fair trade practices. The more I know the more my own fabric sourcing habits are changing as well.
What I’m always on the lookout for:
- transparency in origin
- organic and sustainable
- fair trade + ethical working conditions
- natural + non toxic dyes
This also led me to my love of using natural dyes to make my sewing unique and eco-friendly. As a crunchy momma I’m super concerned with the health of my family and the environment so wearing ethically produced non-toxic garments is a must. It’s one of the reasons I plan on starting my own slow fashion natural dye business soon.
And check out these great posts from my fellow bloggers at the Ethical Blogger Network (click any image to view post):
YOUR CLOTHES TELL A STORY:
CITY GIRL AT HEART: