#EthicalHour Roundup – After Fashion Revolution Week, What Next?Kate Stuart
Kate Stuart is a practicing artist, writer and craftswoman based in the North East of England. She specializes in up-cycling, zero waste living, quilting and painting with acrylics on canvas. She owns The Phoenix Green Store, which she hopes will become Newcastle upon Tyne’s first zero waste store. She is covering Fashion Revolution Week for No Serial Number Magazine, between 23rd – 29th April 2018.
We’ve been talking a lot about Fashion Revolution at No Serial Number Magazine this week – and in case you missed it, #fashionrevolutionweek has been a triumph of passionate folk standing up for transparency and change in the fashion industry. The conversation wasn’t just about clothes, but shoes and hats and accessories too. Tonight during #EthicalHour there was a real sense from all the voices taking part, that change is taking place, albeit slowly, and that a number of things are happening which are Very Good News. Namely, that consumers, who arguably wield the power in the situation, are gaining an awareness of the devastating issues to people and planet around the mass production of fast fashion, and are challenging brands to show their supply chain and become transparent on everything from working conditions to sustainability. Fashion Revolution Week also brought new knowledge to some of us – from the consideration of our footwear as an area of industry that can also bring conditions of modern slavery, pollution and the made-to-break-so-buy-another business model, to the realization that many brands commission clothing ranges, knowing that the majority of their stock will end up being sold for a fraction of the RRP, or worse, be sent to landfill. There is a long way to go to get the message across that real people, not machines, make our clothes and to get consumers to really connect with the human plight of the situation. Many thousands have connected with the need for a fashion revolution, all across the world, in every city and on every continent. Many more need to – and those of us who get it, need to herald our knowledge and understanding to those who aren’t there yet, using our voices for change. Knowledge, after all, is power, right?
If you missed the other posts in our special Fashion Revolution Week blogpost spectacular, read them here:
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