Fashion Revolution week is a week of campaigns, events and initiatives aimed at obtaining more transparency in the fashion supply chain and at raising awareness on environmental and ethical issues within the fashion industry. It takes place every year during the week of 24 April, in order to remember the Rana Plaza building collapse, in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2013.
In the last few years, Fashion Revolution Week has been an event-packed week. Many organisations would host swap events, talks and sustainable fashion shows and workshops. All these initiatives used to generate lots of media coverage, which would help to draw attention to different issues presented by the various organisers.
Fashion Revolution Week in quarantine
The COVID-19 outbreak has forced many countries around the world to implement some form of lockdown and, given the seriousness of the situation, has become the most discussed topics on media outlets and social media. Inevitably, Fashion Revolution Week and many other environmental and social issues have had to take the back seat.
All the event-based initiatives that were supposed to take place during FRW, sadly cannot be held in many countries because of the social-distancing guidelines.
The good news is that lots of these events are now taking place online. On the Fashion Revolution website, there is a calendar packed with online events and workshops that people can join.
Online swapping is still available to you
Something that many swappers and thrifters might miss during FRW and during the lockdown days is the opportunity to attend swap events, which are a great chance to renew your wardrobe sustainably and to meet like-minded people.
But something that these isolation days have taught us is that we can find other ways to connect with people and to continue doing what we used to do - to a certain extent of course - thanks to technology. That applies to swapping as well.
If you live in the UK or in Norway, you can download the Swancy app and continue to swap your clothes. You can upload the clothes that you'd like to exchange on your Swancy wardrobe and discover clothes added by other swappers. By liking the items that you would wear you'll be able to match with users who like your items back and start a conversation with them to agree on the exchange.
We wouldn't recommend meeting up with other swappers if you’re in a high-risk group and need to practice social distancing, but you can ship the items to each other if it's safe for you to go to the post office.
We are all looking forward to the end of the coronavirus crisis when we'll be able to meet up again and attend all sort of events. In the meantime, let's continue with our sustainable habits by leveraging the opportunities that technology offers.