Who made my clothes?
Action Pledge to End Child Labour
Did you know that roughly 160 million children were subjected to child labour at the beginning of 2020, with 9 million additional children at risk due to the impact of COVID-19?
Many children make clothes
Children work at all stages of the supply chain in the fashion industry: from the production of cotton seeds in Benin, harvesting in Uzbekistan, yarn spinning in India, right through to the different phase of putting garments together in factories across Bangladesh. And many of these children are forced to work 14 to 16 hours a day.
Impact of fast fashion
Fast fashion effects our planet massively, with the amount of waste produced each year. Did you know that more than 500 million kilos of unwanted clothing end up in landfills every year. Every minute, half a tonne of clothes is dumped into landfill in Ireland. This amounts to 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions - this is equivalent to driving 65,000 km in a car.
Buying second-hand or upcycling clothes helps keep our landfills clear and our planet healthy.
What we can do
Buy good quality clothes that last
Re-wear (don't just wear once and throw away)
Care for our clothes
Repair and mend
Share and swap our clothes
Organize a fashion show using items from a charity