Alison McGovern

Wirral South

Asking a small question about your clothes could lead to a big change

This article is from Alison's weekly column for the Wirral News. This post is from 23rd April, and it can be read on the Wirral News website here

 

When you are buying an outfit for - say an evening out - you may consider a few things such as how it looks, or how much it costs, but do you ever consider who made it?

Anyone would be forgiven for not automatically asking this question. We lead busy lives and it's not always easy to find out more about the suppliers who make the clothes we all wear every day. 

But you may recall last April, the Rana Plaza tragedy saw over 1000 people die, and many more injured as a factory collapsed in Bangladesh, making clothes for European markets. This should be a lesson to us all about the importance of working conditions for people who work in this industry overseas. The coverage that the disaster received brought to major attention the serious safety issues that are occurring in this industry.

On April 24 it will be one year since the Rana Plaza collapsed. I believe that people have the power to change things and this starts with people being more aware of who makes their clothing. 

This is why I, along with my parliamentary colleague and fellow Labour MP Stella Creasy are backing the Fashion Revolution day - an event started by those in the fashion industry prompting people to ask: who made my clothes?  

I believe that people do care about the working conditions of the people who make the clothes that they wear and I want to encourage people on Wirral to take part in this campaign by asking this simple question. Whether it's by posting a question to the company who made your clothes on Facebook or twitter, or just finding out more, our curiosity can help prompt change in this industry. 

Of course there are complexities in solving these problems but it can start with people just being simply more aware of the manufacturing of their clothes. You can find out more at 

Visit Fashion Revolution's website.

Alison is a Shadow Minister for International Development 

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