Last Week Tonight host John Oliver took on the fast fashion industry, on the two year anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh.
Oliver suggests that we, consumers, are happily ignorant to where our clothing is made, even though we must know there's a problem when our jeans cost the same amount as a cup of coffee, that clothing labels repeatedly flout labour laws, and that, ultimately, the 24 hour news cycle means that, even though attention has been drawn to supply chain problems on multiple occasions, we forget too easily.
His solution? To send the chairmen of H&M, Gap, Walmart, Joe Fresh and The Children's Place the cheapest food he can find: "I've bought you lunch, which will arrive at your office tomorrow. Now, full disclosure, I don't know exactly how this lunch was made," Oliver said.
Trendy clothes are cheaper than ever. That sounds great for the people who buy them, but it's horrible for the people who make them.
Posted by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on Monday, April 27, 2015
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The two year anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh, which killed over 1100 clothing manufacturing workers and injured more than 2000, occurs on April 24th, which is when Catalogue contributor, Rosie Dalton, unpacked how the fashion industry has responded to this tragedy in the two years since it occurred.
The collapse of Rana Plaza is now being commemorated with Fashion Revolution Day. Fashion Revolution Day encourages people to wear their clothing inside out, taking a photo of the interior labels, sharing that photo to Instagram and asking the clothing label who made it #whomademyclothes?
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