Fight for sustainability, equality and our planet with Fashion Revolution
Fashion Revolution is a non-profit organization that has advocated for change in the global fashion industry, especially in the areas of ethical and fair production of clothing. Founded in 2013 in response to the devastating Rana Plaza factory fire, which killed more than 1,000 garment workers, Fashion Revolution – known as #fashrev – continues to push for a better deal for working people. lowest paid and most exploited in the industry.
In Singapore, the organization will host a series of educational and inspirational events through April 25, under the global banner of rights, relationships and revolution that focuses on making the idea transparent that we all need to to revamp our relationship with clothing and how it is made, shipped and disposed of around the world.
“For too long, we have heard that Asian consumers, and in particular Singaporeans, are not interested in sustainable fashion, unlike their European or North American counterparts,” explains Chu Wong, Fashion Revolution Country coordinator at Singapore.
However, the first South East Asian sustainability report developed in partnership with Oxford Development Consultancy at the University of Oxford has shown that Singaporean consumers are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly clothing.
“This report not only proves that this is wrong, but also shows that Singaporeans want more options for consuming fashion in a sustainable way and are willing to pay for it,” says Wong.
However, according to Fashion Revolution Singapore, there are still many areas for improvement, especially since many Singaporeans are unaware of the impact of their purchasing choices on the environment.
“Most of the impact of fashion is still invisible to Singaporean consumers. From the fact that 35% of all microplastics in our oceans come from synthetic textiles like polyester – a favorite fabric of local and global fast fashion brands – to the exploitation of garment workers that happens hours away from our little point red, there is a lot more awareness to spread. In addition, in 2019 alone, NEA statistics show that we produced 168,000 tonnes of textile waste, of which only 4% was recycled, ”explains Ms. Wong.
Ms Wong says ordinary shoppers can be part of the movement by asking your favorite fashion brands for #whomademyclothes and #whatsinmyclothes, and supporting Singapore fashion brands that are made in a sustainable and ethical manner.
Go to www.fashionrevolution.org/asia/singapore/ for more information on organized events and activities. You can also access tickets and information about the various events in Singapore and the region via www.fashionrevolution.org/ecwd_calendar/all-events/.