Today marks the 7th anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh that took place on the 24th of April 2013. I’ve just finished reading Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes, by Dana Thomas.

Fashionopolis by Dana Thomas

With 1,134 dead and 2,500 injured, Rana Plaza was the deadliest garment factory accident in modern history.

Fashionopolis by Dana Thomas

Thomas’s book combines mind numbing fast fashion statistics and nauseating practices with ground breaking new ethical developments, and sustainable revolutionaries. Well researched and thought out, the data is accessible and the tone was of honesty, sharing the true horror of the industry and leaving you to make your own judgement. Once presented with the facts you cannot help but want to change for the better. She follows this up with the positive side of the industry, sharing the work of some of the designers and companies working to change the face of fashion as we know it. Whether it’s exploring new materials, scientific experiments, technological advancements, new crop farming practices or embracing a more ethical business model, new ground is being gained everyday – there is still hope!

I read this book cover to cover within a few days and have been mulling over the data presented continually throughout reading, and once finished. There is so much to weigh up, to asses – you can’t agree with every idea presented. There is no one right way to create sustainable fashion, but as Thomas says in her book,

What we have in Fashionopolis today is a complex and epic-sized mess, and it’s going to take all these approaches and, and many others, to tackle it and build a better, more just fashion ecosystem. Everyone spotlighted in this book is, in their way, pushing back on a model that is manifestly unsustainable.

Fashionopolis by Dana Thomas

A must read for consumers, activists businesses and designers. The statistics are for everyone. Fashion is for everyone. The planet is for everyone.

Spare a moment for the memory of the Rana Plaza victims today and ask,

Who made my clothes?

Meg Readz xx

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