A clearer picture is emerging of the impacts of the fashion industry.
It is now known to be the second most polluting industry in the world, only after oil.
The production of fabric and textiles consumes large amounts of water and energy, and creates huge volumes of waste.
It is responsible for countless human and non-human social and ethical violations.
It is an industry that affects us every single day.
Each year Fashion Revolution Week (18-24th April 2016) brings people from all over the world together to use the power of fashion to change the story for the people who make the world’s clothes.
The date is a poignant one, remembering the anniversary of the Rana Plaza Complex collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh which killed 1,134 people and injured over 2,500 on April 24, 2013.
Fashion Revolution encourages us, the consumers, to consider the implications of our fashion choices. It asks followers to the movement to be curious about the clothes we wear and to apply pressure to fashion brands by asking them to reveal their companies manufacturing linkages. Through the hashtag #whomademyclothes consumers are encouraged to tag and tweet brands.
Inspired by the Fashion Revolution movement, the University of Wollongong’s Human Geography Society (HuGS) wants to start a local conversation about our daily clothing choices. We invite you to an informal participatory driven event to explore the environmental, social and ethical implications of the fashion industry – a Wollongong Fashion Revolution.
The night will include:
- Talks by Professor Chris Gibson and Elyse Stanes.
- Boomerang Bag making workshop run by UOW Surfrider Foundation. (Boomerang Bags is an Aussie grassroots movement trying rid our cities from plastic bags by building up reusable ‘bag libraries’ for community members to borrow, use and bring back.)
- Clothes swap
- ‘How to’ demonstrations on upcycling old clothing
- Plus food, BYO drinks, good company and conversation!
A Wollongong Fashion Revolution Evening will be held on Tuesday 19th April from 6:30pm at Project Contemporary Artspace, 255 Keira Street, Wollongong.
Entry is free for UOW students and $5 for all others. Get you tickets here!
Please feel free to share the details of this event in your own personal and professional networks by sharing the link to our Facebook event.