On 24th April 2013, the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,138 people in the disaster. This fateful incident is still remembered to this day. However, on the bright side, this tragedy has served as a stepping stone for a revolution of global proportions - namely the Fashion Revolution.
Every year, on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, the Fashion Revolution Week is carried out. It mobilises individuals and communities from around the world to work towards a reality where Fashion is a force for good, so that history would not repeat itself.
This year, the theme is ‘Rights, Relationships and Revolution’.
The rights of nature and human rights are not separate from each other. In fact, they are interdependent and thus closely connected. When the fashion industry does not engage in responsible production processes, both societies and the environment are bound to crumble at its feet.
From 19 to 25 April, the Fashion Revolution intends to fight the notion of human and environmental prosperity being isolated and contradicting. It aims to forge and strengthen relationships across stakeholders in the supply chain, from the clothes to the factory workers and even the pristine landscapes, for bringing people together across communities makes them a force to be reckoned with. It enables them to develop creative, holistic solutions, and gives a platform to quietened voices.
Singapore has been part of the revolution since 2014 and will be part of the revolution this year as well. Not only is fashion a huge industry here (US$2,705 million in 2020, Statista), but it is also a characteristic pastime in our nation (Favourite hobby of 49% of the population, Statista). Needless to say, our fashion industry holds a lot of promise in championing change in substantial proportions.
This year, Singapore continues to engage and rope in multiple stakeholders in events and discussions. One of the panelists is our very own Kai Paul, Co-Founder and Head of Operations and Sustainability at Indosole.
Indosole has taken the initiative to become part of this revolution. Inspired by nature’s circular mechanisms, we developed our very own Sole Engineered Tire Technology (SETT), allowing us to create comfortable and functional flip flops in a non-pollutive manner. We are a B corporation - our transparent, responsible process stays true to our artisanal roots and community while adhering to rigorous environmental and social standards.
Last but not least, we continually educate our community, enabling them to gain inspiration and become part of something bigger. We encourage you all to take a deep dive into this year’s events, participate in conversations and meet people challenging the frontiers of what fashion can potentially be.
To be part of the revolution yourselves.
Empower yourself to join the Fashion Revolution this year by:
- Attending an event: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/ecwd_calendar/all-events/
- Checking out their blog: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/blog/
- Listen to their podcast: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/resources/listen-to-the-fashion-revolution-podcast/