24 April 2018 marked five years since the horrific collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh where more than 1130 garment workers lost their lives and over 2500 people were injured. We believe that small acts can lead to systematic change. So during Fashion Revolution week this year, in conjunction with with Fashion Revolution Day Aus NZ, and the larger global movement fashionrevolution.org, we hosted CARE, ASK, KNOW Ribbon Share event along Ponsonby Rd. We are certain that transparency in the clothing industry matters and, like fashionrevolution.org, that a great first step towards change is asking ‘who made my clothes?’ We printed limited edition ribbon tags for the occasion and gifted them to members of the public. Our event aimed to begin, continue and develop small conversations (on the footpath and beyond) about the bigger issues of valuing textile and garment makers, demonstrating transparency in the supply chain and caring about environmental impacts of clothing manufacture and purchase.
Thank you to everyone who helped us, all the members of the public and cafe/shop workers along Ponsonby Rd who were open to conversations about important issues facing all of us who wear clothes. Thanks to the many people who will continue to wear our CARE, ASK and KNOW 'who made my clothes' ribbons and to ask questions towards building a better model for the future of fashion, clothing and the planet.
One of our helpers, journalist, blogger and Global Development Lecturer, Boba Markovic Baluchova also wrote a blog about this event.