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Fashion Revolution Week: Promoting Sustainability & Transparency

Updated: Apr 25

Fashion Revolution Week is observed annually during the week surrounding April 24th. It is an annual campaign that unites the world for a week of purposeful action observing a tragic event and one of the largest industrial disasters.

The Dark Side of Fashion

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed. This devastating event resulted in the loss of 1,100 textile workers' lives and left 2,500 others injured. It was revealed that numerous renowned brands had their garments produced in this factory, often through complex subcontracting arrangements that lacked transparency. This was a major turning point in the garment industry worldwide and led to widespread protests and calls for better safety standards.

Therefore, to shed light on the human rights violations and environmental harm caused by the fashion industry, Fashion Revolution Week is observed annually during the week surrounding April 24th. This significant week serves as a platform to raise awareness and promote dialogue about the pressing issues within the fashion industry.

Ensuring Safety via Audits

At Xcel Bespoke, ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) plays a crucial role in shaping our reputation. We adhere to our Human Rights Policy, Code of Ethics and Business Conduct, Supplier Code of Conduct, and the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy. We take concrete actions to measure compliance and address any violations.

Within our business activities and across our supply chain, we are unwavering in our commitment to preserving and promoting the protection of human rights and welfare. As part of our commitment to ensuring decent work and economic growth in our supply chain, we utilize SMETA audits to assess our  suppliers' adherence to ethical standards and codes of conduct.

SMETA audits are based on the Ethical Training Initiative (ETI) Base Code, which is founded on the principles of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and relevant local laws. The ETI Base Code is an internationally recognized set of labor standards based on ILO conventions. By conducting a comprehensive SMETA audit, Xcel Bespoke gains a thorough understanding of its suppliers' compliance with labor, health and safety, environmental, and ethical standards.

Recycling Is Our Responsibility!

At Xcel Bespoke, we believe that actions taken to protect the environment can have far-reaching impacts across various aspects of our world, as well as for generations to come!

That is precisely why we have embarked on a collaborative journey with our suppliers, seeking materials and fabrics from recycled and sustainable sources. By doing so, we provide our clients with products that align with their values and contribute to a more sustainable future.

At Xcel Bespoke, we offer an exclusive line of products crafted from recycled materials using processed PET bottles to ensure a sustainable approach to manufacturing.

Prior to their transformation, the bottles undergo a comprehensive cleaning and sorting process. They are then crushed, followed by de-polymerisation and re-polymerisation, resulting in recycled fibers. These raw filament yarns are skillfully spun into yarn, which is further woven into high-quality rPET fabric. It is this very fabric that serves as the foundation for our distinctive clothing and products. Each item is thoughtfully designed, guaranteeing exclusivity and a commitment to sustainable fashion.

Need for Sustainability & Transparency

Sustainability has increasingly entered the mainstream, with more individuals contemplating the impact of their clothing choices. However, despite the growing awareness of sustainability, many people remain unaware of the human and environmental challenges intertwined with the global fashion industry. Thus, Fashion Revolution Week can be essential in driving social and environmental justice and redefining the concept of fashion activism for the future.

Xcel Bespoke we are fully committed to prioritizing climate action as a fundamental pillar of our sustainability efforts. Our commitment to sourcing recycled and sustainable materials reflects our understanding that every small action has a ripple effect, and it is through collective efforts that we can make a substantial difference. Together, we can shape a more sustainable and equitable future for fashion!

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