By Remake Staff
The story of forced labor in our fashion is old and often accomplished in subtle ways, such as intimidation or paying workers next to nothing.
Meet Char Wong, a woman who works in a subcontracting factory in Cambodia, the most shadowy part of the fashion supply chain, where she sews for H&M, Zara and Tommy Hilfiger:
Ninety-seven percent of our clothes are made overseas, and the traceability, transparency and accountability behind our fashion is more complex than other industries like food. The power of investigative journalists and storytellers play an important role in shining a light on the true cost of our fast fashion. But how can we help change these stories, for good?
At Remake, we are mobilizing consumers to move beyond boycotts and vote with their wallets. We are creating a groundswell of demand to buy better in three simple but powerful ways:
Our aim is to help young people understand that this garment maker's hopes and dreams are no different to ours. We share her story of resilience and hope for a better future as a way to build empathy and ignite the next generation of conscious consumers.
“I decided to challenge myself to shop ethically for one year. What began as a self-imposed styling test has now become a new way of life: It’s been passion-igniting, and has seeped into other areas of my life. I’ve also saved at least a few thousand dollars, and my wardrobe has never looked better,” says Laura Jones, founder of The L&J Files, a sustainable fashion blog.
Images 1), 2) and 3) courtesy of Remake; 4) via The L&J Files, Photography by Daemian Smith and Christine Suarez