Working on human and labor rights issues around the globe enabled me to understand how complex and harmful the global garment industry can be. The collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh was a turning point in global consciousness, prompting consumers to investigate the industry and demand better. It also propelled me to deeply ponder the best way to integrate my love of great style and passion for human rights.
Never one to accept that something can’t be done, I refuse to believe the status quo has to be the future. When I voiced my desire for more socially conscious apparel options I also found I was not alone. All of my friends wanted to build a socially conscious wardrobe, they just didn’t know how. These conversations also shared another common theme: limited options for well-fitting, flattering, and stylish clothing at an affordable price. The market hasn’t caught up to our desire for something better. It is still far too hard for us to make clothing purchases that value the people who work in our supply chain and their communities. The garment industry remains the second worst polluting industry in the world.
Although there are a number of fantastic socially conscious brands popping up, sustainable fashion isn’t mainstream…yet. The industry can do better by both those who make clothing and those who then wear it. As Maven Women let’s come together to demand better and be a force for change.