Educating The World on Sustainable Fashion With Fashion Revolution
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, October 29, 2019 5:25pm
Photos by Jace Amodo
It takes about almost 3000 liters of water to make a single T-shirt. In 2015 alone, the fashion industry used up 79 billion cubic meters of water—equivalent to 32 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Looking into detail, it would be enough water for thousands, even millions of people.
These numbers are alarming, especially now that we are in a state of environmental crisis. Fast fashion industry continues to deplete water resources and also contributes to plastic pollution. This is the issue Fashion Revolution, an organization promoting sustainable fashion, would like to address.
The Walk-Through Artist Collaboration
As one way to promote their advocacy, Fashion Revolution organized the exhibit “The Walk-Through.” This features a collaboration among artists who resonates with the same advocacy for sustainability, displaying pieces that boast of an environmental calling.
It shows the masterpieces of Tekla Tamoria, Anina Rubio, Pam Quinto, Tanya Villanueva, and Zeus Bascon x Jas Fernandez. All of their works aim to send a message about buying less and making our clothes last.
The Walk-Through only lasts for a few days but Fashion Revolution is hoping it would awaken a long-lasting change.
Making the Impact Last
The organization came up with a zine to document the exhibit called the Gossamer, which literally means a material that is fine and delicate, and derived from the filmy substance spiders excrete to weave their webs. It features articles for those people who would want to know more about sustainable fashion.
“The fashion industry is a web. It’s a complex web of so many industries, so many people, so many everything. Also, we’re playing on the idea of the web as the community has to work together in a system to work towards sustainability,” Fashion Revolution Creative Commissions Project Head Lian Sing shared about Gossamer.
Fashion Revolution would like to shed light on how fashion is related to environment, labor, politics, and culture. But to do that, they would have to start a conversation. This exhibit and zine are only the entry points of change.
Fashion Revolution has a reminder for those who would like to switch to sustainable fashion: think about what you will buy and how it would impact the environment.
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“Again, the movement does not just end with just the consumers. It has to go from the consumers to everybody in the supply chain—to the producers, designers, lahat sila dapat nagpa-participate,” Lian said.
We have a long way to go, but as they say, it’s the little steps that make big changes. “It’s such a slow process. For me, there’s no way to rush this even though it’s very urgent,” she added.
When buying clothes or anything for that matter, always remember these three things: buy less, choose well, make it last. You’ll be doing Mother Earth and yourself a favor.