COVID-19 has impacted all of us, whether that be for better or for worse. Every day, living out the “new normal” can be challenging. However, for many of us, our obstacles pale in comparison to the devastation that fast fashion garment workers are facing today.
It’s morning now and the pungent smell of rotting garbage makes me want to vomit. Where am I? And how did I get here?!? All I know is it smells awful. I’m dirty and surrounded by rubbish. I can see putrid fruit, torn homeless plastic bags and containers, ripped newspapers, broken old furniture and moldy shredded fabrics for miles all around. A nasty half-eaten cheeseburger buzzes with flies nearby. I can’t move—I am so soggy and muddy from the rain the night before. In the distance, I hear a bulldozer moving piles around. And a crew of gulls swirls around and spends the hours picking through for desirable bits.
On April 28th, the second-to-last day of Fashion Revolution Week, the Swap Society team got together with friends and fashion lovers alike! We gathered at Open Mind Art Space in LA to swap clothes, sip mimosas, and grab goodies from Made by DWC and Aveda Azure Salon. It was a 4 hour event full of joy and discovery, especially with the help of Native Styling. Although there is so much to be excited about, we must say that diverting textile waste from being discarded, and celebrating friendships (old and new) were the highlights.
This week is Fashion Revolution Week; a call to action started a few years ago by Fashion Revolution. Based in the UK, the nonprofit aims to spur fashion activism and make waves within the current fashion industry. Through social media campaigns, online guides, and awesome collaborations, Fashion Revolution has helped to create a movement.