Every year the Fashion Revolution Week takes place from 23rd April – 28th April. The global campaign is to raise awareness of modern slavery in the fashion industry, encouraging consumers to ask fashion labels #whomademyclothes and to show transparency in their supply chains.
Five years ago on 24th April, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,138 people and injuring 2,500 making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. The Fashion Revolution was started after this terrible disaster and the global awareness has grown phenomenally over the last 5 years.
We believe in the Fashion Revolution as transparency is so important to show how and who makes your clothing. We want to know where our fabrics and materials come from, how the cotton is grown, who makes it and how they are looked after. www.tommyandlottie.com/animation
Did you know? Africa grows a large percentage of cotton but sadly it is exported out of the country taking with it employment and jobs.
Lets take our t shirts for an example – they are made in Tanzania, Africa and are ethical and sustainable in the way they are made. No cotton is grown in the UK as our climate is too cold so cotton, always, comes from a hotter climate.
Why & How?
The cotton crop is grown near to the factory off the shores of Lake Victoria. The crop is taken to a local factory where the cotton is vertically produced so all of the processes that the cotton has to go through to become a tshirt is done in one place making the carbon footprint of our tees far lower than most.
The people who live in the local communities are then given jobs and taught skills at the factory so they are able to take themselves and their families out of poverty. They are well looked after too, paid over the minimum wage, have no forced labour or unfair overtime, have a clean, healthy, safe working conditions, one hot nutritious subsidised meal a day and no child labour.
The factory has the SA8000 certification which is the most stringent social audits and covers every stage of manufacturing and the cotton is certified oeko-tex 100 including class 1 for babywear which means the cotton contains no harmful chemicals or dyes so safe for babies skin.
We don’t use any plastic transfers for our designs, only screen print by using water based, vegan friendly inks or embroidery. Plastic has a terrible impact on the environment even though transfers are cheaper they are not going to enter into our supply chain.
We are so excited to be part of a Fashion Revolution endorsed pop up event this Saturday 28th April 2018 at the Museum of Brands, London which has been put together by #ethicalhour and wheredoesitcomefrom?
It will include ethical pop up brand stalls (including us!), a fashion show, demos, Q&A’s, networking and more. A percentage of profits will be donated to the Fashion Revolution, it’s FREE to attend but you need to get a tickets here via eventbrite
Join the Fashion Revolution and ask brands #whomademyclothes