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Aaah…April is finally here and with it comes Easter, the illusion of spring, Spring cleaning and, soon, the anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.
On April 24, 2013, for those of you who might not know it, Rana Plaza, an eight floor building, collapsed, bringing down with its wreckage the lives of 1,129 victims. The lives of 1,129 textileworkers that must be added to the 2,515 wounded who were miraculously extracted alive from the building.
There are quite a few elements to keep in mind when talking about “Rana Plaza”. It’s not just the largest fatal accident in a textile factory ever documented or the most lethal structural failure in our contemporary history.
What hits you the most about Rana Plaza is the fact that the textile factory’s employees were the only people who were not evacuated from the building in time.
What hits you is that the clothes those workers produced (for 38 dollars a month in wages) were not meant for the local market. They were supposed to fill the shelves of the most prosperous Western clothing chains.
What hits you is that the textile factory bosses,who demanded the employees show up at that workplace despite the deep cracks in the walls, responded directly to famous brands that are all too well known in our “First World”.
Rana Plaza changed history. And not just for the hundreds of workers who died and their families, but also for global markets, consumer ethics and responsibile production.
After the Rana Plaza tragedy, the words “Fast Fashion” have been the talk of a great number of people. Fast fashion describes clothes with very short production cycles due to exhausting working schedules, which are sold at very cheap prices using poor quality fabrics and creating highly polluting waste. Purple who are tired of being part of a society nourished by profit; tired of a society that has changed the name of colonialism, but has kept the practice of exploiting resources and one that cradles us in our privilege; tired of a society that fills our minds with advertisements telling us that what we wear matters, but those who produced it don’t.
In view of the April 24th anniversary, we at Tucamingo have decided to dedicate the whole month of April to the ethical marketplace, human rights and environmental protection. It’s going to be an intense month during which we will publish informative articles with a clear aim: to make our readers ever more conscious. We will be sharing interviews and giving advice on how to make more sustainable choices, with the awareness that we can all be more conscious.
We live in a world that we soon won’t be able to call “home” anymore. We have initiated a decline whose symptoms are evident. We have the moral obligation to open our eyes and make a change to benefit us all, our ecosystem and those who live without the most basic of human rights because of our lifestyle.
Triggering an inverse mechanism will have to be a categorical imperative for all of us, without exceptions, without alternatives.
By “Il Capybara Femminista”