On 24 April 2013, 1134 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. That is why on 24 April every year, Fashion Revolution Day brings people from all over the world together to use the power of fashion to change the story for the people who make the world’s clothes. This year the campaign went even bigger: Fashion Revolution Week 2016 took place from 18 to 24 April 2016. The campaign asked people to contact brands and ask them on Twitter #whomademyclothes?
In Scotland many events were organised during the week. Fashion Revolution Scotland hosted a pedal-powered screening of The True Cost documentary at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). Rainbow Turtle organised their own screening of the True Cost documentary at Paisley Arts Centre on 24 April. Other events included textile and mending workshops and street selfie-booth and information hub in Glasgow.
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum got involved with the campaign as well. On Monday 18 April we took to the streets and chatted with Glaswegians about the Fashion Revolution Week, sustainable and sweatshop-free fashion and The True Cost-movie. We posted photos of the people we chatted with and revealed a new fashion fact on Facebook each day of the week! The Forum also organised a competition to encourage people to take part in the Fashion Revolution Campaign. Participants were encouraged to take a photo of a clothes label, or a selfie of themselves wearing their clothes inside out, asking the brand on Twitter or Instagram who made them, including @FairTradeNation in their tweet to enter the competition. The overall winner of the competition was Anne Fegan.
SFTF would like to thank the One World Shop and Dandelion and Ginger for supporting the competition and donating lovely prices for our winners!