Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the Rana Plaza Factory collapse in Dhaka Bangladesh, a building that housed 5 garment factories. The collapse killed at least 1,132 people and injured over 2,500 more.
After this horrific disaster — which was the worst but tragically, not the first or last industrial disaster to claim garment worker lives — global brands and trade unions came together to sign the Bangladesh Accord to make factories safer and protect the lives of garment workers.
But years after this disaster fell out of the headlines, what has happened since? Where has there been progress? What still need needs to change?
In this episode, I had the privilege of speaking with Ayesha Barenblat, CEO of the global advocacy nonprofit organization, Remake, about the Accord’s impact, and what’s next for the Accord, 10 years after the devastating Rana Plaza disaster.
Also in this episode, we’re introducing our Green or Greenwashing segment. I mentioned this in the season preview episode, but these green or greenwashing segments are basically where my co-host Stella and I share our thoughts on if a sustainability claim in the fashion industry is green or greenwashing.
This week, Stella and I explore the decision of an online resale platform to ban fast fashion from their site. Should resale sites ban fast fashion? The conversation doesn’t end in this episode, though. We’d love to hear your thoughts over on Instagram!
Okay let’s get to this week’s conversation with Ayesha…
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About Ayesha Barenblat
Ayesha is a social entrepreneur with a passion for building sustainable supply chains that respect people and our planet. With over 15 years of leadership to promote social justice and sustainability within the fashion industry, she founded Remake to mobilize citizens to demand a more just, transparent, and accountable fashion industry.
She counts both Karachi and San Francisco as her homes, and she is happiest when spending time with the women who bring our fashion to life and amplifying the stories of fashion’s most essential workers.
Remake (@remakeourworld) is a global advocacy organization fighting for fair pay & climate justice in the clothing industry. The 501(c)3 nonprofit is leading collective action to disrupt the $2.5 trillion dollar clothing industry and has built an international network of citizens, press, legislators and union leaders to connect the industry’s biggest problems with viable solutions.
Remake’s free educational resources, advocacy campaigns, and sustainable brands directory are focused on making fashion a force for good.
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