Monday, 24 April 2017

Fashion Revolution Week STARTS NOW!

As most of you probably know, four years ago today the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing around 1200 people. In this building there were a number of garment factories producing clothing items for retail companies worldwide, including Primark, Gap, Uniqlo, C&A and Walmart. This was the event that inspired the founding of the Fashion Revolution organisation and every year on April 24th, they initiate a movement to evaluate the behind-the-scenes of the fashion industry. Then, a year ago, they took it up a notch and created a Fashion Revolution Week on 24-30 April. There are various ways you can participate on this movement—especially if you're an influencer—which you can check out here. Here on Alive as Always, though, I'll be bringing you a week of ethical fashion-related posts—read below.

When it comes to ethical fashion brands, they seem to be so hard to find in Indonesia. Aside from my beloved Kana, which you would have seen on the blog over and over again, I actually didn't know any other brands of the same ethics. That is until the Slow Fashion exhibition I visited earlier this month introduced me to many other brands that I've never heard of before. So here I will feature them to be alternatives for the fashion-enthusiasts in the Archipelago.

Recently, Annika of Pineneedle Collective just launched her selection of patches and she talked about the manufacturing process of her products. Then she mentioned certifications that ensure that certain clothing labels or factories are ethical and fair. That's when I realise that aside from the perpetrators—the designers and manufacturers—and the influencers, fair and ethical fashion gets a lot of help from organisations as well. These are the organisations and foundations that ensure the sustainability of the fashion industry and provide information for manufacturers and consumers alike on the topic of ethical fashion.

If you don't have the budget to buy from ethical brands, there are other ethical ways to acquire your clothes, i.e. thrifting. However, if you're a newbie to this whole ordeal, there are definitely some ways you can make the thrifting situation a smooth sailing. Having been thrifting since only 2011, I know I'm probably no expert, but I thought I'd share some of the things I've learnt over the years. I'd be sure to make this applicable for both on- and offline.

If you've been following the blog for a while, you'd probably notice that I'm not much of a DIY master. That being said, I think DIYing things is such a fun activity to do and I'm definitely a sucker for personalised items—and what better way is there to do so than DIY? These tips will be equipped with recommendations of the best and easiest DIYs that I know—and may have tried before—so even the most amateur of DIYer will be able to follow.

One of my biggest pride as blogger is in my ability to remix my clothes. Following the original idea from A Beautiful Mess, back in 2012 I made my own version of the Fashion Mixology. While ABM created 8 outfits using 8 pieces, I made 6 outfits using 6 pieces. It was my one and only attempt, but it was a lot of fun. I think most people often find it hard to remix their clothes, thus keep buying new pieces that they only wear 1-2 times before tossing away. I hope this will inspire some of you and help you wear your clothes to its maximum potential.

Saving the best for last, I'll close Fashion Revolution Week with a list of my favourite ethical fashion bloggers from across the globe. If you want ethical brand recommendations, tips on turning your closet fair and other such inspirations, these are the people to follow. I applaud their passion to support brands who treat their workers right and inspire people to be conscious consumers, instead of exploiting the latest trends and encouraging people to spend without considering its negative impacts on others. If we have more influencers like this, the world could be advancing in the right direction.

via Fashion Revolution
But don't forget to contribute this week as well by wearing your clothes with the label out and asking your favourite clothing label "Who Made My Clothes?" Spread the awareness, that behind each of these items, there is a face and a life who may or may not have to pay for your bargains. Demand your favourite brands to be responsible to their workers and treat them right. You can also film a haulternative video—or maybe write a post about it, if that's more up your alley—and spread it to everyone you know to encourage them to acquire their clothes ethically. Also, check out this page to see if there's any local event you can attend. Let us learn more, spread the awareness and take a stand against fast fashion!

P.S: If you want to read more about this topic, you can find all the posts here

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