Fashion Revolution has always been an important time for our team at TAMGA. We started the brand following the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, inspired to take action by the same frustration that brought FashRev to life. No piece of clothing is more important than the people who create it.
Over the years, as we’ve grown as a business and had the pleasure of working with many different partners, we’ve learned a thing or two about the industry.
First thing’s first, transparency is key. As a brand or consumer, you can’t know the impact of your clothing until you know where it’s been. Clothing supply chains can get complicated, but that shouldn't prevent anyone from asking questions. From raw materials to yarn, weaving, dyeing, finishing, sewing and packaging, every brand should know which businesses are involved, and where.
Second, it’s not all doom and gloom, there are good actors in the fashion industry. When choosing suppliers we have to do a lot of research, from wages to social insurance to water treatment facilities. Thanks to certifications such as Bluesign, industry groups like ZDHC, organizations like the Clean Clothes Campaign and companies like Lenzing and Huntsman, more brands and suppliers are able to take steps towards social and environmental sustainability. If we know our supply chains, we can direct our business to the good guys and away from the bad actors (the same rule applies for consumers – it matters where we spend our dollars).
Third, there’s always room for improvement. We’ve changed our packaging multiple times, from a ‘bio-plastic’ that (it turns out) doesn’t biodegrade, to cassava-based bags that are great (but fall apart in colder temperatures), to a reusable organic certified cotton bag. We’ve worked with sewing factories that are spotlessly clean at first glance but have quality problems, and ones that might look a little rustic but are cornerstones of their community and heroes for their staff and families (our current partners). We’re always learning and improving, which is exactly where we want to be.
For 365 days of the year we work hard to proudly share who made your clothes and Fashion Revolution Week is an opportunity for everyone to ask the important question of 'who made my clothes?'.