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Do you know who made your top?

The fashion industry is 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.

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Fashion Revolution Week 18- 24 April

On 24 April 2013, 1 134 garment workers were killed and more than 2 500 were injured when the Rana Plaza complex plant collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. That’s when Fashion Revolution was born.

Fashion Revolution is a global non-profit movement centered on an annual campaign. On 18 – 24 April, 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. To show the world that change is possible, for example when it comes to 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. Clothes that are made to be used by more than one mother.

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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 do not just chase the lowest price. We want to pay the true cost of the product. Everything to ensure that our clothes are produced as fairly as possible.

All our production is made in Europe - in Turkey and Portugal. Our largest supplier is Irmaos Rodrigues located in Porto, Portugal. This is a sewing factory, specialised in the production of jersey. Perfect for Boob, in other words. They are responsible for almost half our production; 45% to be precise. And this is not by chance.

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The sewing factory Irmaos Rodrigues in Porto, Portugal

We have worked together with Irmaos Rodrigues since 2012. One reason is, of course, that they are skilled enough to deliver the high quality required of a Boob garment. But just as important for us, is that they share our values. They work hard to minimise their impact on the environment. They are also particular about offering good conditions for the people who work there. Irmaos Rodrigues currently employ 99 people, which makes them quite a small enterprise. The factory is a clean, nice and fair workplace. We visit every year, and our production agent goes there every week.

With Irmaos Rodrigues, we have a partnership based on a common understanding: that the responsibility for this planet, and the people who live here, is one that we must all share. 

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This is Idália Correia at Irmaos Rodrigues. If you have a top like the one in the picture, it may have been made by her.


Boob wants to highlight Fashion Revolution Week because we believe that this work is important. Follow us during the week on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest to find out more.

You can also read about our sustainability work and the materials we use.

 

What can we all do?

We can start by thinking about our consumption. We may have more power to influence than we believe. 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 may say something about how much this person was paid for their work. Another aspect is the environment: all production has an impact on the environment.  Buying slightly fewer clothes and paying a little more, 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 you find “new” second hand? 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.

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