This week marks 5 years since the tragic death of 1,134 people and a further 2500 injured in the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh.
The building contained clothing factories, a bank, apartments, and several shops. The shops and the bank on the lower floors were immediately closed after cracks were discovered in the building. The building’s owners ignored warnings to avoid using the building after cracks had appeared the day before. Garment workers were ordered to return the following day, and the building collapsed during the morning rush-hour.
Thanks to one of the amazing people I follow on Instagram (@sophiehellyer) I discovered that it is also Fashion Revolution week. This year as part of Fashion Revolution (check the Instagram #fashionrevolution) week we, at Adventure Crew, and many others round the world have been asking fashion manufactuers to tell us who makes our clothing (#whomakesmyclothes) and equipment.
Now, the outdoors industry tends to be quite good for taking an ethical stance as many of the customers tend towards the more hippy side of things, don’t try denying it! For example, over the last few years there has been a huge push for humane down rather than some of the brutal methods that had previously been use. So we thought that we would ask the question of a number of companies and see how they responded. I will not give you a list of them all as I don’t want to publicise for those that have not responded to our request, instead I want to tell you my favourite! Paramo really stepped up and told their story and their ethics:
I mean how good is that, they are not just building an amazingly well-respected brand but also a whole community for their workers. Keep up the good work guys!
The reason why we are sharing this is that although many of the companies that we use pay some attention to an ethical supply chain, there is always room for improvements.
We want to encourage change, and we think that you do too, so why not ask your favourite brands #whomakesmyclothes and see what they say. The more of us that ask, the more of a difference we can make. We can’t allow our want for better, lighter and cheaper equipment be at the cost of other people’s misery or even their lives. Incidents like that at Rana Plaza should never happen, and will never happen because of my want of adventure.