Next week we honour those lost in the Rana Plaza in Savar, Bangladesh on 24 April 2013. The loss of those lives meant a huge impact on our consciousness. As an eye-opening experience, this dramatic event, in which at least 1,132 people were killed and more than 2,500 injured because of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building, confirmed what we all knew: the poor labour conditions faced by workers in the ready-made garment sector in Bangladesh and bring catastrophic consequences in the lives of the most vulnerable, most of them are girls and women. Worldwide millions of people are exposed every day to an unsafe work environment and occupational diseases because they are working in factories not meeting standards required by building and construction legislation with the acknowledgement of those who are part of the exploitation chain led by powerful textile and fashion companies.
Following a number of tragedies in 2016 and 2017, “local authorities and stakeholders at the national and international levels, with the involvement of organizations such as the IndustriAll Global Union and Clean Clothes Campaign, took bold steps to strengthen occupational safety and health, labour inspection services, skills training and rehabilitation services in the long term, notably with the support of the ILO and of global buyers” (ILO).
The Fashion Revolution movement was created in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza tragic event as a response to the need of raising awareness of the impact of fashion at the social, economic, political and environmental levels.
To honour those lost, each year the Fashion Revolution Week campaign is held worldwide with the aim of requiring more legal audits and controls to authorities, raising awareness as well as more transparency to fashion brands. Throughout the week, from Monday 18th-Sunday 24th April 2022, fashion activists “collectively reimagine a just and equitable fashion system for people and the planet”.
For the MUB Collection team is essential to spread sustainability values and principles. We wish to be part of a movement that promotes a conscious way of wearing and choosing fashion, prioritising quality and timeless styles that will endure in time.
MUB Collection served its team members as a pilot practice bringing a new approach to the fashion sector. We proposed a capsule collection including a basic collection of garments that can be easily combined and used in different seasons with a small number of accessories. Through MUB Collection, we address one of the major environmental issues nowadays by jointly giving a new life to would-be-wasted textiles, through design and using artisan techniques and manufacturing.
MUB Collection is all about cooperation and the representation of a common love of sustainability and nature. A common motivation that united us is to convert what is considered waste into something beautiful and useful.
For this reason, we joined the Fashion Revolution Movement and, committed to its transparency and accountability principles, have been sharing our supply chain, indicating how many kgs of fabrics have been collected and used, which artisan methods have been applied and who are the hands who made hand-dyed our fabrics, designed our garments and made our clothes.
Jeans are one of the best products for up-cycling – the material is stiff, quality and thick. We are in a collaboration with Swap Spot – a physical space in Kolding, that gives the citizen the possibility to have daily access to secondhand clothing and renew their wardrobe by making more sustainable choices. The spot is one of our main partners which provides us with precious fabrics for our designs. Your unwanted clothing – turned into new fashionable pieces.