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Emma Watson Joins Ethical Fashion Debate


British Vogue featured Hollywood star Emma Watson in their recent article and tweet about the collapse of the Rana Plaza clothing factory in Bangladesh last year.

Sharing her personal experience of the situation, the actress lends credibility to the ethical fashion movement.

“I’ve travelled to Bangladesh and visited factories like Rana Plaza,” she told Vogue UK. “I knew how bad the conditions were before the collapse. I think it’s important that I’m accountable for the choices I make and understand they have serious consequences.”

The building’s collapse killed 1,133 men, women and children, injured over 2500 and orphaned 800 children. Bangladeshi workers protested for changes to be made.  This terrible tragedy helped shed light on the poor working conditions the victims endured.

Unfortunately, due to complicated international boundaries, trade unions, worker laws and cultural practices, Western retailers have little to no responsibility for their foreign market employees.

Public acknowledgement of the issue from celebrities such as Emma Watson, Cate Blanchett and fashion designer Isabel Marant can only lead to a fairer global manufacturing processes.

Photo: Georges Biard

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