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As we acknowledged the 1 year anniversary of the tragic building collapse at the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, we hada chance to reflect on the progress we have made and the progress we need to make in the ethical fashion movement. The disaster, as tragic as it was, has allowed the unsafe working conditions in factories in countries such as Bangladesh and the exploitation of workers in such conditions to come to light. It has forced large companies to sign accords and take steps to improving such conditions. Lastly, it has encouraged consumers to think more critically about the fast fashion they purchase and the supply chain behind that.

The charity Fashion Revolution is marked this day by encouraging people to wear their clothing inside-out (with their labels showing) and to ask fashion retailers on social media: “Who made your clothes?” Per a survey published on the Oxfam website, 61% of brands don’t fully know the origins of the clothing they sell, due to the complexities and third party relationships in their supply chains. The idea behind the movement is to apply consumer pressure to encourage retailers to ensure the people producing their clothes are doing so in fair conditions.

As the anniversary passed by this week, we remembered the unfortunate lives that have been lost in the name of fashion, we were reminded to focus on what we need to do to make the changes necessary in the fashion industry and we continue to hope that such tragedies never occur again.

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