Hello! How are we all? I start back at university today which I’m excited for, it’s been a long 6 months off. Whilst it’s undoubtedly going to be a different experience, I’m excited to kick my brain into gear again. Plus, given everything the world is going through right now, reading can be quite a good escape from the real world for a while. I have also been diving into my new role as being a Remake Ambassador, and I can’t believe how much more I’ve learnt in the last few weeks. The September Community Call (which you are more than welcome to join monthly) talked about the future of fashion and advances in the #PAYUP campaign.
What is the #PAYUP Campaign?
If you read ‘It’s Time for a Fashion Revolution’, you would have seen me mention the #PayUp petition before. At Remake our mission is to make “fashion a force for good”. The beginning of the #PAYUP campaign called on brands to pay garment workers for work already completed on cancelled collections. Millions of garment workers were put it a horrific situation. They have no access to savings or healthcare and faced food and housing insecurity. 21 brands have now agreed to Pay Up. Because of this, $1 billion dollars was unlocked in Bangladesh alone. Across the globe, its estimated that $22 billion dollars were unlocked – approximately half of the $40 billion worth of wages owed to garment workers.
Looking at The Future of Fashion
After a very successful campaign, Remake is now taking this call to action one step further. PayUp Fashion is a new petition which centres garment workers, citizens and the planet. In the “new normal” we find ourselves in, we’re no longer letting brands get away with treating essential workers unfairly. It is imperative that garment workers are paid fairly, and that they have safety and security in the workplace. Now more than ever, we need to wear our values.
Remake is now demanding that retailers and brands make public commitments and transparently report on 7 key actions:
- Keep Workers Safe
- Go Transparent
- Give Workers Centre Stage
- Sign Enforceable Contracts
- End Starvation Wages
- Help Pass Laws
You can sign the petition and read more about these 7 actions here.
Who Still Needs to #PAYUP?
This isn’t to tell you “don’t shop here”, it’s to give you some information so that you can be mindful of where you shop. It’s about having an open and honest conversation because the reality is, people are suffering in order to give us the clothes we need. The reality is, cutting out fast fashion is so hard. Eventually, we’ll probably have to shop for something we really need from a fast fashion brand. But when that time comes, it’s important to think about the people who have made your garment.
- Walmart/ Asda/ George.
- URBN (Urban Outfitters, Free People, Anthropologie).
- TJX (T.J.Maxx, T.K. Max, Marshalls).
- The Children’s Place.
- LVMH (Moët Hennessy, Louis Vuitton).
- JC Penny.
- Global Brands Group.
- Forever 21.
- Fashion Nova.
- The Edinburgh Woollen Mill.
- Arcadia (Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, Topman, Topshop, Wallis).
A Little Note From Me
If you ever want to learn more, have any questions or get involved yourself please feel free to message me. As a Remake Ambassador, I’m learning that this movement relies on sharing information in my own community and having honest and open conversations. The power and ability to create change is through our collective efforts, so again, my inbox is always open!
Lots of love & stay safe, P xox