Who Made My Clothes? This is the primary question of the movement called the Fashion Revolution. The Fashion Revolution Week is here, and the campaign encourages us all to ask about the stories behind our clothing.
Fashion Revolution was born after the collapse of Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh. On 24 April 2013, the factory complex collapsed, 1134 people were killed, and over 2500 were injured. Since then the movement Fashion Revolution has been working for more transparency to create safe working conditions for the 75 million people working in the garment industry, and to bring awareness to the environmental issues of fast fashion.
Transparency, ethics and sustainability are in the core of Népra's mission; we want to be open and take responsibility for our decisions through the supply chain. Népra wants to be part of telling a different story about the clothes we wear. We believe that a positive change is possible through the industry if we think differently. Népra has taken part of the fashion revolution since opening our business, this year being our fourth time, and we are proud to be part of the movement and the change of the industry.
In 2015, we started with ethical manufacturing in Tallinn because humane working conditions and living wage were the most important things to get right from the very beginning. Népra activewear is still sewed in the same small factory, and we are very proud of the relationship with them. In the beginning, we used zero recycled materials. On the other hand, a garment is worn on average just four times, and about 40% of clothes are rarely or never worn. Every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned. [Facts from Fashion Revolution] This is why, we still believe one of the most sustainable acts is to make our clothing last despite what the material is - buy less and choose well.
We have been creating our brand for almost four years. We understand how complex, even overwhelming, the terminology around sustainability can feel. We have learned there are neither 100% right or wrong decisions, nor there are any simple, black and white solutions. For us, fair production and making Népra items last are still among the most important sustainability factors. During the past 3,5 years, we have increased the number of recycled items quite a lot. If you look at our collection now,18 items out of 30 are recycled. Back in 2015, the recycled material selection was very limited, but now there are new recycled fabrics born every year. This makes the development of fabric and recycling technologies one of the most exciting future topics for us.
Since the beginning, we have believed in progression instead of perfection when it comes to sustainability, we still do. If you are interested in Népra’s transparency, you might want to visit our blog Speak Of The Frog regularly. Here, you can dig deeper into the different topics around responsibility and sustainability in the garment industry.
In the end, we all are part of the industry. We, who design, make, buy and/or wear clothing, make it work. Together, we can demand a better, fairer, cleaner, safer, more transparent and responsible, and more accountable fashion industry. We can make a difference by choosing responsible and sustainable choices. If you want to help us to develop, the best way to do it is to write us feedback via email@example.com- even if you are not a user of our clothing you can always give us ideas for our blog.
Népra is an activewear brand that does good. We think charity work is part of a sustainable business and doing good is in Népra’s DNA. This year, we will continue to work with the John Nurminen Foundation to help protect the Baltic Sea. For every product sold online, we donate 50 cents to charity. Read more on the Speak Of The Frog Népra blog.