In a new video series I am chatting with leaders in the sustainability world, this week we catch up with Kelly Drennan, the Executive Director of Fashion Takes Action, to talk about How To Celebrate Fashion Revolution Week (from home).

Fashion Takes Action (FTA) is a non-profit organization established in 2007 to advance sustainability in the fashion industry through education, awareness and collaboration. They achieve this through various initiatives such as the WEAR Conference, the NEW Sustainable Fashion Toolkit, and the youth education program, through meet-ups, speaking engagements and global awareness campaigns. Collaboratively, they are helping move the needle on sustainability.

“Our not-for-profit is a collective of dedicated and passionate people striving to make real change in the fashion industry.”  Kelly Drennan, FTA Founder

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Fashion Revolution Week starts tomorrow! This is the 7th year that we have celebrated the people who make our clothes while demanding for more transparency in the fashion industry. It is a time to remember all those lives lost on April 24, 2013 in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh (1133 people died and thousands more were injured). It is a time to ask brands to #payup – pay their suppliers who in turn can pay the garment workers. It is a time to ask brands #whomademyclothes and also #whatsinmyclothes and to question our own consumption patterns. It is a different time then in years past because we have been *forced* to slow down, buy less and make it last. But let’s hope this will become the new normal. For more on how you can get involved this week ➡️ @fash_rev and @fash_revcan #fashrev #fashionrevolution #fashiontakesaction #7rsoffashion #reduce #reuse #repair #repurpose #resale #rent #recycle

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A brief background on Fashion Revolution:

On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. That’s when Fashion Revolution started.

Fashion Revolution is just that, a Revolution to get people talking about #whomademyclothes and demanding action from brands to be more transparent about how they pay the people who make the clothes we wear every day!

This year, Fashion Revolution is demanding collective action to campaign for system-wide change across the fashion supply chain – to eliminate waste, pollution and exploitation associated with the industry. You can take part from

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Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.
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