Sustainable and fair trade fashion in my passion in life. So when Fashion Revolution offered a free Who Made My Clothes course, I signed up faster than you can imagine. The course was three weeks long and required only four hours per week. It opened my eyes even more to the world of fast fashion and taught me how to verbalize my concerns. The course also taught me that the one of my favorite dresses wasn’t as eco-friendly as I thought.
Fashion Revolution’s mantra is “Be Curious, Find Out, and Do Something.” That’s how the three weeks of the Who Made My Clothes course was organized, and I loved every second of it. The main task of the course was to take one piece of clothing and figure out who made it, where the materials were created, and if anyone was exploited in the making.
I choose my favorite little black dress for the Who Made My Clothes course. Zanni makes the world’s most purposeful dress. All of the dresses are black and they are all made out of the same fabric. No matter who you are or what your profession is, you will love these dresses. I tested two different dresses from the brand, and I was instantly obsessed. They don’t wrinkle, are easy to move in, and perfect for every single occasion in my life.
I was determined to find out why this dress was so incredible. The Who Made My Clothes Course was the perfect opportunity to figure out what and who made this dress so special. My first step was to look on the brand’s website. It told me that the dresses were “proudly made in L.A.” and was created from manmade fabrics in Italy. The website boasts about the eco-friendly facility.
The purposeful dress sounds absolutely incredible — until I found out that it wasn’t.
While trying to find out who made my clothes in the course, I found out that these manmade fabrics are horrible for the environment. The dress was made out of a combination of polyamide and elastane fabric — a fancy word for nylon.
Nylon is not recyclable, takes three times the energy to produce as cotton, and the coloring of it releases nitrous oxide into the air, contributing to global warming. On top of all that, washing nylon releases microplastic pollution, resulting in significant water pollution.
The people who made my clothes were being treated and paid fairly. But at what cost? All of this manmade material was being brought into the world and, quite literally, polluting it. Is fashion worth that? That’s something that I’ve been asking myself ever since the Who Made My Clothes course ended.
All of this does not take away from the fact that Zanni makes incredible dress. It does make me look at fashion differently though.
While who made my clothes was something that I was aware of, I never took a deeper look into what my clothes were made out of.
I know know how to properly take care of my clothing. The information also taught me how to looking into what my clothes are made of — not just where they were made.
That wasn’t the biggest shock of the course though. It was the “do something” portion that really opened up my eyes. After hearing tales of sweatshops and people being paid and treated poorly, I wan’t to give up fast fashion even more than before. But the organization taught us that not buying is not the answer. Believe it or not, the point of the course was not to end fashion.
The point of the Who Made My Clothes course was to encourage brands to do better.
Fashion Revolution gave us the tools to reach out to brands an verbalize what our concerns are. I learned that one email represents the power of 500 people. If that’s not a reason to reach out and tells brands that we want them to do better, then I don’t know what is.
This course was the best investment of time I have taken in a long time. I highly recommend signing up, whether you’re a brand, conscious shopper, or just someone that loves fashion. Do you have any questions about the course? Feel free to ask them below! I’d love to get the conversation going and share my knowledge with you.