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Do you know who made your clothes?

The fashion industry involves a long chain consisting of people. You, who are wearing the garment, are at one end. At the other end, you find the women and men who grew the cotton, wove the fabric and sewed the garment. But do you know anything about them? As a customer, it may be difficult to recognise the people and working conditions behind the clothes. This is something we want to change.

Fashion Revolution Week April 24 - 30 

On April 24, 2013, 1,134 garment workers were killed and more than 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. That’s when Fashion Revolution was born, a global non-profit movement centered on an annual campaign. From April 24 - 30, Fashion Revolution Week will bring together people and companies from all over the world. The aim is to create awareness of the true cost of fashion - for people and for the environment. We want to show the world that it is possible to change working conditions for the people who make the world’s clothes.

 

This is how we think at Boob

We have decided to only make clothes that serve a purpose. We then ensure that they are made in every way as environmentally optimal as possible when it comes to design, function, choice of materials and production. We make clothes of a lasting style and quality that can be used, washed and loved, over and over again.

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All our production takes place in Europe, 51% in Portugal and 49% in Turkey. We place high demands on our suppliers when it comes to environmental and social responsibility and we only work with factories that respect our Code of Conduct. We don’t just hunt for the lowest price and the speediest delivery. We strive to build long-lasting relationships with producers that share our basic values about human rights and caring for the environment.

 

Meet the people behind our clothes

 

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Name: Maria Madalena Gomes Barroso

Age: 27

Lives in: Barcelos, Portugal

Occupation: Modeller at Irmaos Rodrigues

Professional background: 9 years in the business

How has the textile industry changed since you started in it, and where do you think it will be in 10 years?

Nowadays, clients look for quality over quantity more than when I started in this business. That’s why I think they come to us. In 10 years, I hope that we still have the quality standards that we follow today. We must bear in mind that the quality of garment production is essential for good customer satisfaction.


More about the factory where Maria Madalena works:

Our largest supplier is Irmaos Rodrigues, a sewing factory in Porto, Portugal. They have been our main supplier since 2012. They are responsible for almost half our garment production; 48% to be precise. We chose them because they are skilled enough to deliver the high quality required of a Boob garment, but also because they, too, believe that we must all take responsibility for our planet and its people.

Location: Gilmonde, Barcelos, Portugal

Number of employees: 105 people (85 women and 20 men)

Certifications: STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® and GOTS

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Name: Sandra Maria Pereira Gomes

Age: 41

Lives in: Gilmonde- Barcelos, Portugal

Occupation: Chemical Laboratory Preparer

Professional background: 22 years in the bussines

How has the textile industry changed since you started in it, and where do you think it will be in 10 years?

The main differences that I have noticed since the beginning are the bigger demands in terms of product quality, a higher workload, and higher versatility. In 10 years, I hope to see that continuous improvements have been made along with an increase in volume, and I hope that exports have increased.

 

More about the factory where Sandra Maria works:

Acatel, Acabamentos Têxteis SA is a dying/printing mill that adds color to most of our clothes. They deliver high quality results and they share our convictions about environmental and social responsibility. They also have the certifications that are important for us to ensure fair production.

Location: I Gilmonde, Barcelos, Portugal

Number of employees: 178 people (40 women and 138 men)

Certifications: STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, ISO 14001, ISO 9001, GOTS, Bluesign Partners and CTW.

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Name:  Bruno Filipe Ferreira Miranda

Age: 40

Lives in: Barcelos, Portugal

Occupation: Department Manager

Professional background: Always in the textil industry

How has the textile industry changed since you started in it, and where do you think it will be in 10 years?

I foresee higher quality requirements,
an increased concern for the environment, and a growing demand for natural and organic fibers.
In the future, we will have to recycle materials to obtain new fibers, assuming greater concern for the environment and the planet as a whole.

 

More about the factory where Bruno Filipe works:

Avelana Fábrica de Malhas S.A. manufactures textiles. The materials for most of our garments are manufactured here. We have been working with Avelana since 2012.

Location: I Abade de Neiva, Barcelos, Portugal

Number of employees: 42 people (3 women and 39 men)

​Certifications: GOTS and FAITRADE

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What can we all do?

We can start by thinking about our consumption. We may have more power to influence than we know. Here are some things that we can all consider.

Do I buy clothes like sweets? A person has worked hard to produce the clothes. If the price is very low, it probably says something about how much this person was paid for their work. Another aspect is the environment: all production has an impact on the environment. Paying a little more for slightly fewer but better quality clothes could be a good way of showing that you care for both people and the environment.

Do I keep my clothes in the loop? Do new clothes have to mean “new from the shop” or can second-hand clothes also be “new”? Do I have clothes that I can sell or pass on to someone who can make use of them? Clothes that stay in the loop are automatically working for the environment.

Last but not least: be curious. Find out who made your clothes and under what conditions. Contact the brands and ask them. Or click on this link #WHOMADEMYCLOTHES. It takes you to the Fashion Revolution website and campaign.

Boob wants to highlight Fashion Revolution Week because we believe that this work is important. Follow us during the week on Facebook and Instagram to find out more. You can also read about our sustainability work and the materials we use.

 

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