realize what truly matters

The time for buying stuff for the sake of it is over. The whole world is on pause, and we’ve been reminded to look inward. To realize what truly matters, to spend time with loved ones, to cook nutritious foods, to slow consumption, to heal the Earth, to take a breath. We’ve been given this time to introspect and to pause from the chaos of the world. 

As Fashion Revolution week comes to a close, we’re reminded of the industry’s flaws. Let us not forget… there’s always a silver lining. Just as this unpredictable time has made us aware of just how fragile things are, it’s also allowed us to put things into perspective. During these times of consuming only the essentials, fashion being non-essential, it’s key to remember that the “bottom of the food chain” takes the biggest hit – I’ll get to that soon. Across the board, you’ll be hearing of the awful incident when a fragile factory went down in shambles known as the Rana Plaza Collapse. 

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So what now?

Since the collapse in 2013,  regulations ensuring factory inspection and safety remediation have been put in place with a legally-binding agreement: the Bangladesh Fire & Safety Accord. The minimum wage in Bangladesh has also increased in September of 2018 to $95 a month, but are still well below a living wage of $193 a month. Although there is still work to be done, it’s a start. 

 Alden Wicker, the Sustainable Fashion Expert with an emphasis on science based facts, writes about the positive changes in these sweatshops. Something I took from Wicker’s article is that sustainable fashion is controversial – but confirms my position that the most important aspect is that of human rights. Halting consumption for these garment workers means less food on the table and less money to support their families. There’s a lot of work that still needs to be done. As the Rana Plaza collapse created a movement and progress, we, the consumers, are the ones who dictate the change we want to see in the world. So what now?

If COVID-19 has left us buying only the essentials, leaving the economy with a big hit, I pose a response that takes us somewhere in between. We’ve all heard of the saying “too much of anything is bad for you.” Let’s come out of quarantine with a revised perspective: consume without over consumption, bring money into the economy but don’t buy just to buy. Buy what you love and let’s support brands that honor ethical manufacturing processes.

cool brands doing it right

Antidote: They are a platform that features curated sustainable fashion brands. Use code CADAxANTIDOTE15 for a 15% off your purchase.

Filippa K: They provide full traceability and transparency throughout the supply chain, purchase exact material qualities for what is needed (no excess waste). 

Nomad Tribe: Committed to designing a more sustainable future, they search for authentic and artisanal products made ethically.

Reformation: We love Ref for their commitment to sustainability all around. They’re carbon neutral, use recycled and sustainable materials, invest in green building infrastructure, use eco-friendly technologies at factories. The best, they pay the garment workers a living wage, more than minimum wage and health benefits.

We’d love to hear from you! What are some new practices you’ll be taking in the new norm to come?

@jh.e

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