Learn How You Can Join The Fashion Revolution And Tune Into Their Live Panel Discussion
The Fashion Revolution Week Malta live panel streams on IGTV at 6pm on Thursday 22nd April.
Team @fashrev_mlt have put together a panel of super speakers who will share their insights on the growing second-hand clothing trend in Malta and would love you to join in and share your thoughts and questions.
They are urging us all to come together as a global community to create a better fashion industry. It centres around the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more on 24 April 2013. This year, as they mark 8 years since the tragedy, Fashion Revolution Week will focus on the interconnectedness of human rights and the rights of nature. Their campaign will amplify unheard voices across the fashion supply chain and harness the creativity of our community to explore innovative and interconnected solutions.
Over the course of the week, they will be hosting live panel discussions, webinars, social conversations, commentary and more – stay tuned to @FashionRevolution so you don’t miss a thing. Collaboration and mutual support are essential, because we are more powerful voices for change when we all work together.
WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
This year, Fashion Revolution is calling on the fashion industry and governments to recognise the interconnection between h The campaign group believes we need a radical shift in our relationships, with each other, with our clothes, within fashion supply chains and the natural world, so that the rights of nature and people hold more of the power wherever decisions are being made.
Fashion waste and its environmental impact are firmly under the spotlight and local fashion influencers and leaders in Malta have taken notice! These issues have only been highlighted by the fallout from the pandemic through economic necessity and a general shift in values. Tonya Lehtinen, founder of Vogue Xchange (a super-trendy second hand/vintage clothing brand situated in Victoria Gozo, has helped to change stigmas around ‘used clothes’ and introduced consumers towards more deliberate buying habits; “It is part of my mission to inform consumers of the negative socio-ecological damage fast fashion has on our environment and focus on finding solutions to the clothing waste.“
In 2020 alone an estimated 18.6 million tons of textile waste will end up in landfill. The Ellen Macarthur Foundation Project states that if our fast fashion trends don’t change by 2050, this amount will be tenfold. With a current global production of new garments exceeding 100 billion annually, of which 60% are synthetic and generate ½ million tons of microfiber pollution that end up in the ocean, it is not sustainable.
Production goes hand in hand with consumption so change in the industry is slow but consumers are increasingly stepping up to make more informed and ethical choices in their purchases. Activist group Fashion Revolution is lobbying brands on production transparency and asking them to take responsibility for post-consumer waste or ‘end-of-life’ garments.
In Malta 2020 has seen a surge of clothing swaps, new Instagram thrift accounts and a number of active second hand/vintage clothing stores popping up. Fashion Revolution Malta, Fashion Revolution UoM and Vogue Xchange amongst others who have been actively creating awareness about the social and environmental damage created by fast fashion. Tonya has also noticed a dramatic change in consumption trends due to social media and fashion influencers who hold a lot of power over their followers’ spend, she urges them to use that power for a more positive impact and support activist actions like Fashion Revolution Week.
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