I received the book ‘Slave to Fashion’ in December and took it with me on my trip to the USA over the holidays. I wanted to share this read with my teenage sister, with whom I have began to talk about the true cost of fast fashion.
The ‘Slave to Fashion’ campaign seeks to raise awareness of modern slavery in the fashion industry, and this book suggests ways in which it can be eradicated by consumers as well as by businesses.
Author Safia Minney and her team have years of experience and through this project will further research and create micro documentaries and interviews, sharing stories of “men, women and children caught in slavery,” and who make the clothes sold on the high street in Europe and all over the world. Furthermore, the book profiles best practices for brands and designers in the fashion industry to follow through with making slavery-free fashion happen.
Never did I expect to go through such an emotional rollercoaster while reading a book; to be angered, despaired, and hopeful, all at the same time. It is unfathomable that humans are being treated in such a shameful and unthinkable manner in the 21st century. It is therefore important that we, as consumers, do not underestimate our abilities in everyday life to challenge injustices in the fashion industry. The opportunity is frequently present in your daily life through the brands that you choose to support and the purchase decisions that you make. We all have the power to make a difference through continuously punishing brands that we are dissatisfied by not consuming their products and pushing others to run their business more transparently, sharing information about their supply chain.
I highly recommend this book, whether you have an interest in the fashion industry or not. It seems very easy for people who live in privileged circumstances to say ‘oh dear’ about horrible things they know exist in the world, only to then turn a blind eye when those things do not seem to directly impact their life. But do these things really not impact our lives? We, as fellow human beings, should be able to relate to each other and not stand by complicitly in silence when others are suffering.
You can find the book in your local bookstore or HERE.
This book was sent to me by the Slave to Fashion team for a review. All opinions are my own.
Photo taken in San Francisco, December 2017.