On the 24rd of April 2013 a tragedy happened in Rana Plaza.
"Rana Plaza, a building in Bangladesh, housed a number of garment factories, employing around 5,000 people. The people in this building were manufacturing clothing for many of the biggest global fashion brands. More than 1,100 people died in the collapse and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. The victims were mostly young women." - Official Fashion Revolution Website
The safety of people should not depend on low priced fashion - that's why we need the Fashion Revolution Week and other reminders to raise awareness and make sure that what happened won't be forgotten. To change the industry we need to be educated about the current working conditions and issues.
Most of the people working for the fast fashion industry are women and they often get employed underage, paid under the living wage and have to work in an unsafe und often toxic environment. We need to acknowledge that the most local textile industries were destroyed or couldn't evolve because of western companies and their exploitation of people and nature.
Because this week and the fashion industry itself should be about the people who make your clothes - in this case your beautiful MYMARINIs - we want to show you who does the magic and make them visible. We want to show you how we work, raise awareness that safe and well payed work should be a standard and try to always improve for us and the planet.
All pictures in this blogpost are taken by Christin, our sustainability manager, when she visited the production site in Croatia last month. The pictures below show Irena, Smiljana and Gordana. Irena is the owner of the production site, Smiljana is our main contact person and the production manager and Gordana is one of the women who sew the MYMARINIs.
We all aim for "A global fashion industry that conserves and restores the environment and values people over growth and profit." Find out more here.