The New(s) Standard: April 25th, 2017
Remembering Rana Plaza
This week marks the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh that claimed the lives of over 1,134 garment workers and injured 2,500 others. As our industry reflects on the deadliest industrial catastrophe in the last 30 years, we take this time to examine what has changed and what companies must do to ensure safe conditions going forward.
Establishing a code of conduct that manufacturers must adhere to is a good and necessary first step, but is not sufficient to ensure safe working conditions, no child labor and reliable payment of workers. Brands must also pay manufacturers a price that will provide a living wage to their workers and avoid slamming them with tight deadlines that result in these conditions to begin with. This may, in the short-term, impact the bottom line, but if Rana Plaza taught us anything it is that the true cost of fashion is hidden behind the price tag, in the lives of the women and men who make our clothes. Read more about the issues on Quartz.
Fashion Revolution Week
In remembrance of the Rana Plaza collapse, Fashion Revolution Week is back with the #WhoMadeYourclothes campaign urging consumers to think beyond the “Made in” labels to confront brands on supply chain transparency and advocate for fair and ethical treatment of workers. Learn more about the events and the organization behind the movement on The Independent and Join the revolution!
The Big Textile Recycling Myth
What is a common textile recycling myth? That the clothing we dispose of can be magically transformed into a brand new garment of equal quality. Unfortunately, recycling clothing is more complicated than some have let on. Jessica Schiffer speaks with our CEO and breaks down the challenges, from loss of quality in the fiber breakdown process to the high costs - financial and environmental - of turning old garments into new. Read the Full article on Glossy.
Earth Month is Almost Over…
…and it’s not too late to do your part! You can shrink your carbon footprint by more than 18,000 pounds of emissions in under five minutes by heading over to countto50.org right now.
Earth Day Initiative and Kargoe are launching a sustainability and social good pop-up in West Chelsea. The pop-up will feature organizations and companies who offer programs, products, and services that contribute to a more sustainable and socially responsible planet. In addition to exhibitors, stop by to check out workshops, discussions, and interactive activities, all aimed at connecting New Yorkers to the wide range of opportunities around sustainability and social responsibility that exist in the city. Exhibitors will include fashion, food, and more! Earth Day Initiative will also be there with its Count to 50 campaign helping people to sign up for clean energy in minutes! Every Thursday from 6-8 pm and Saturday from 11 am-6 pm through the end of May. 558 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011