Until April 22, Milan will host the Fashion Revolution Week, a week dedicated to ethical and sustainable fashion. But how green and ethical is the fashion industry really?
The Fashion Revolution Weekthe ethical and sustainable fashion week. The event, which turned 9, will end on April 22nd.
The FRW – an event deeply felt by the industrialists in the sector who are more attentive to ethical and social issues – has the objective of raise awareness and transmit the values of respect for the environment and workers throughout the fashion production chain.
The Milan Fashion Revolution Week was born after the tragedy of the Rana Plaza in Dhakain Bangladesh. The structural failure of the building which in 2013 housed several companies of the western fashion supply chain, it killed 1,134 people and brought to light the very difficult and sometimes inhumane working conditions to which local workers who produced clothes for Western fashion houses were subjected.
Fashion Revolution Week, the environmental aspects
The ethical and sustainable fashion week focuses on two aspects: the issues of social sustainability and those of environmental sustainability.
On this last point, some progress has been made and continues to be made. I am an example of this the new European Union rules relating to fast fashion and the obligation to recycle fabrics for some manufacturers in the textile and fashion sectors.
According to the principles set out in the document “White Paper 2020” of the Fashion Revolution, the greatest wastes in the sector concern all stages of production:
- In the pre-purchase phasewaste and scraps of materials remain from the production of clothing, disused samples, products that are damaged or not sold;
- In the post-purchase phasewe find consumer waste: most of the clothes we discard end up in landfills or incinerators. Less than 1% of fabrics and clothes are actually recycled.
Fashion Revolution Week, fashion is behind on social issues
If so many steps forward have been made on the environmental front, the same cannot be said about front of workers’ rights.
Marina Spadafora di Fashion Revolution explained in the video interview to TeleAmbiente that “European regulations do not deal with social issues. The textile workers who work today in the fashion supply chain, we are talking about more than 70 million people, are still paid very little and have no type of security or contract in the workplace “.
Marina Spadafora explains that I am first the big brands that get their supplies from producers in developing countries have to ask the latter to pay their workers more taking on the small percentage of extra costs that would be created.
Consumers, for their part, should do their research before spending their money on clothing to understand what the companies you are about to buy from have done and are doing in terms of environmental and social sustainability.
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