4 years ago I learned about one of the deadliest garment factory accidents in history. It was around the same time I started The Style Saver. I had just started the blog based around the entire idea of being frugal, so most of my purchases were from labels that are now considered “fast fashion”. Over 1000 people lost their lives in that accident at the Rana Plaza Building, the majority of those being factory workers that worked within the plaza. Over the next few months, it was revealed that several of those companies produced their clothing in the Rana Plaza, the very same brands that hung in my closet and sat on my shoe rack. I felt sick, and I felt angry, and I felt I could do better. It was the beginning of my journey to educate myself on the real cost of my purchasing decisions, and what I could do to make a positive change in my life and for the lives of others.
After watching The True Cost documentary (which, by the way, if you haven’t seen, do yourself a favour and line it up on Netflix tonight – EVERYONE needs to see it) and learning more horrors of the fast fashion world, I was even more frustrated. Because of our overconsumption, we were creating the fast fashion world. I was the one okay with purchasing a $10 shirt, wearing it once, and tossing it the next. That’s when I started to thrift, shop secondhand, and donate clothes, but I felt like my small contribution would never be enough to truly inspire change.
How can I make even the slightest difference as one consumer?
As I asked myself that question, I took a look in my closet. I donated more clothing, shoes, accessories, and purses I didn’t wear anymore. I sought out the advice of others, and I was challenged to do the 10×10 capsule wardrobe, where I would wear only 10 pieces of clothing for 10 days (coming up in May!). I hosted a blogger closet sale, and it opened up discussions on overconsumption and how there’s no seemingly quick fix to stop it.
I vowed to cut out fast fashion, cold turkey.
Today marks the 4th anniversary of the Rana Plaza Factory collapse, where over 1000 people died in an accident that was completely preventable. Today is also the start of Fashion Revolution Week, a movement created to empower consumers to ask their favourite brands, #WhoMadeMyClothes and to demand transparency and accountability in the fashion industry. My journey to creating a meaningful and sustainable wardrobe begins with education and I’ll be sharing everything I learn with you on the Style Saver. By joining the Fashion Revolution, I’m making a pledge to shop ethically, think sustainably, and consume responsibly, and I hope to inspire others to do the same.