“We are Fashion Revolution. We are people from all around the world who make the fashion industry work. We are the people who wear clothes. And we are the people who make them. We are designers, academics, writers, business leaders, policymakers, brands, retailers, marketers, producers, makers, workers and fashion lovers. We are the industry and we are the public. We are world citizens. We are you”.
This is the beautiful presentation that can be read on the website of Fashion Revolution, the global movement born in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza tragedy; I talked about Fashion Revolution in several of my posts and I go back to talk about it with pleasure, not just because it is a source of continuous and interesting news on the world of sustainable fashion but also because it publishes the namesake fanzine in limited edition that illustrates the hidden stories behind clothing’s production, exploring topics such as transparency, sustainability, inequality and ethics in the fashion industry.
In the second issue of the ‘Loved Clothes Last’ fanzine there is, among other things, an interesting list of six actions that answer the question: “What should governments be doing to tackle fashion’s waste problem? “, written by Sarah Ditty, Head of Fashion Revolution Policy. Here’s the answers:
- Make it easy for citizens to reuse and repair clothes and shoes
- Make it easy for citizens to recycle used clothing and textiles
- Provide more information for citizens on reusing, repairing and recycling used clothing and textiles
- Pass ‘extended producer responsibility’ legislation so that businesses are accountable for the textile waste they create
- Raise taxes on the use of virgin materials and issue penalties for creating textile waste. Cut taxes for using recycled materials and recycling clothing and textiles
- Invest in research, infrastructure and innovations to reduce clothing and and textile waste and build circular economies.
Virtuous actions, there is no doubt. I often ask myself when I go to the shopping centers: where will all the unsold clothing go, what routes will it take, what its destiny and how many times the purchased clothes will be worn, where will they go once they have been discarded? Because we know, as it has emerged from the reports of organizations in the sector, such as Humana People to People Italy, that if the citizens decide for example to put the clothes in the appropriate dumpsters, “you start a complex chain that should have as goal the recovery and recycling of clothing”, but that in many cases ends up feeding illicit traffics. And this happens precisely because of an unclear legislation that does not consider the criterion of transparency among the indispensable requisites in the calls for tenders for the management of the material collected, that is, for example, an anti-mafia certificate is not required, or clarifications on where the used clothes will go. And this is just the tip of the iceberg and I am talking, in this case, of our Country and of a single step of the supply chain, the final one concerning the disposal of used clothes. So there is to be back on the subject absolutely.
Meanwhile, we know that Fashion Revolution is a reality that seeks to give concrete answers to the problems mentioned above, that it is a movement that involves citizens and groups of many countries in the world and that we all are and will be continually called to ask and answer the question “who made my clothes “.