About the event
Swap don’t shop – Join our community clothes swap and t-shirt printing for garment worker’s rights!
To commemorate the 9th anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse, ActionAid Sydney and USYD Fashion Revolution Activists have teamed up yet again for Fashion Revolution week to organise a local clothes swap and shirt printing at Camperdown Commons.
This event encourages us to ask the question #whomademyclothes, learn how we can collectively push for systemic change and hold brands accountable for the women that make their clothes.
Bring along some clothes you’d like to swap (we all have a few items that we just never wear) and trade them for something new!
All we ask is that items are gently used and in good condition- a good question to ask yourself is would you donate this to a friend? If so, then perfect – bring that clothing item with you to donate! You can pre-drop clothes from 12:30pm before the doors open at 1pm or bring your clothes with you by no later than 2.30pm.
Nine years ago, Rana Plaza – an eight-story building housing five garment factories – collapsed, costing the lives of 1,134 workers and injuring more than 2,600. Days before the collapse, concerns about the building’s structural integrity were brought up – yet these warnings were ignored and ultimately led to one of the worst industrial tragedies in history.
This collapse catalysed the creation of the Accord on Building and Fire Safety in 2013, which campaigned for brands to sign on and be held accountable for the women who make their clothes. Rana Plaza paved the way in addressing crucial building safety concerns within the supply chains.
Despite the vast progress that has been made in building safety within supply chain factories, more work needs to be done to secure the safety of garment workers.
Join us to learn more about how we, as individuals, can push for systemic change and hold brands accountable for the workers making their clothes. Network with like-minded people interested in garment workers’ rights, sustainable and ethical fashion.
Together, we can create change and call on The Iconic and Best & Less to sign onto the International Accord to protect the rights and safety of the women workers who make their clothes.
This event is part of ActionAid Australia’s #SheWearstheCost campaign to protect garment worker’s rights and step up the commitment of big fashion brands like The Iconic and Best & Less to commit to fundamental labour rights.