Only in its second year Fashion Revolution Day is already making its own statement. It’s prompting us all to reflect on the impact our shopping choices create – it pricks our conscience as we reach for the £1 T-Shirt.
Just where do our clothes come from? What are the working conditions for the people who make our clothing?
There have been some horrifying revelations of terrible working conditions over the past few years.
At the heart of these conditions, it appears that employees are being exploited just like any other resource and are used for the company’s benefit. This destructive practice of superiority and “using” of others and materials is what needs to change.
I want to be able to trust brands again, to know that they really care about the people who work on their behalf and that they treat everyone with respect and compassion.
Long ago I switched to an organic way of eating as I want to know where my food comes from and what I putting into my body and I am now much more conscious of where my clothes comes from.
In my search for new sources of clothing I have come across an online site which encourages us to shop for people, pets and planet. It is called http://shop.greatergood.com/clothing/
Already $35millions has been given to charities as a result of purchases on the site.
The clothing is vibrant and colourful and appeals to my nature.
My next purchase will be this Congo skirt.
These are the people who made it.
Show your solidarity with women in the Congo every time you wear our tailored electrifying African print skirt.
Life is difficult in Eastern Congo — especially for the disabled. Our fair-trade partner, Shona Congo, employs disabled women and offers them hope for a new life. Most of Shono’s seamstresses were victims of childhood polio and lost the use of one or both of their legs, growing up without the ability to walk or stand upright. As teenagers, many underwent surgery and years of physical therapy at the Handicapped Center in nearby Goma to regain the ability to stand. Even so, almost all are forced to wear heavy metal leg braces in order to stand and walk only with the aid of crutches or canes. Though they face nearly overwhelming physical and financial obstacles, each has decided to stake her claim to a better life by working with Shona. As one seamstress puts it: “Each item we sew is our claim to a better world. A world where we are seen not only for the challenges we face but for the beauty we create.”
I am in awe of these seamstresses. To go through such pain and then to create something so beautiful shows us all the strength of the human spirit. They deserve all our support.