About this project
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We have to fly to Bangladesh and we also need a return ticket, or not, but in any case we put it.
Allowances to survive 4 months in Bangladesh, thankfully the food is cheap ... The cuisine of Bangladesh is very similar to the Indian one, although it also has influences from Chinese cuisine. The food is mainly based on rice and dhal (legumes without skin). A lot of fish is consumed, as it is a country with the sea, and chicken and lamb meat are usual too. The most common way to prepare the dishes is in curries, prepared with yogurt or coconut milk, and they are always very spicy. The food is accompanied by chapati bread. Again 4 months with diarrhoea...
We want to enter Bangladesh and we are not worth a tourist visa ...
Transport in Dhaka
We will use public transport, Uber or Tuk Tuk.
Commissions and rewards expenses
Not everything is benefit, to make the rewards we have an expense and the work of the drip platform also deserves its reward :)
Rent a local for 4 months
We would need to open a space to be able to set up the garment factory. In the beginning, it will be rented or in collaboration with a brand that produces in the area.
Raw materials for the garment factory
Finally we would need the materials for the production of the penalties. 3 sewing machines 1 Over Machine 2 tables 4 desks 1 Iron Needles of different thicknesses pins Brooches Closures Elastic
Stay for 4 months in Bangladesh, Dhaka
Let's see in what kind of hotel we sleep for 250€ per month... hopefully, there are not many rats ...
The more we get the more impact we will have.
It is a rather ambitious project but the minimum we need to be able to create a positive impact in Dhaka is 10,700, the more we get the more impact we will have, and the bigger things we can do.
Hire a person to take this whole legal issue in Bangladesh.
We continue with the documentary
We will record some more shots about the impact that the fashion industry has, we were only 3 days in Bangladesh, we want to record the stories of the people behind our clothes #thereissomeonebehind
|Total||€ 10.700||€ 20.500|
Can you imagine a 15 year-old boy working days of more than 8 hours, 7 days a week in an insecure environment for a salary of less than $ 2 a day? This is a hard reality, but it is happening behind what we wear.
We travel to the most affected places in Asia to record a documentary about the impact of the fashion industry on people and the planet. We understood that we not only wear a simple shirt, we wear all the environmental devastation and social injustices and inequalities that hide behind that garment. During this trip, we faced situations that we never thought we would.
It brought tears of sadness, of helplessness, of anger, of seeing the problem, but not the solution to our eyes. Sometimes, we overlook the great role we play in this system, we overlook that many small people in small places doing small things can change the world.
Back home, we understood that we wanted to be one of those small people who change the reality that is hidden behind what we wear, so we venture to create a new project, a social sewing garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
What is a social sewing garment factory?
A social garment factory means a space where garments are made , a space where people are treated as people , do not suffer human rights violations, discrimination and where they have a decent salary in order to bring a full life and cover their basic needs eradicating the extreme poverty that these people suffer.
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- Child labor: No child under 18 may work in the garment factory.
- Forced labor: No person will be employed if they have not volunteered to do so or if they are forced to work under the threat of punishment or retaliation.
- Health and safety: The garment factory will provide a safe and healthy working environment, which will also avoid any possible health and safety incident and that work-related injuries or illnesses occur.
- Freedom of association and collective bargaining: All personnel will have the right to form, join and organize unions and bargain collectively on their behalf.
- Discrimination: You will be prohibited from participating in discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, dismissal or retirement.
- Disciplinary practices: It will be prohibited to participate or tolerate the use of corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse of employees.
- Hours of work: Will comply with applicable laws, collective bargaining agreements and industry standards regarding hours of work, breaks and holidays.
- Remuneration: The right of staff to a living wage must be respected by the garment factory.
- Management systems: compliance will be reviewed and implemented according to SA800 through policies and procedures developed.
- Learning system: The garment factory will offer services to empower people to be independent without depending on anyone. They will receive classes according to their needs (such as money management, critical thinking, languages and business tools) and never what it suits the workshop that they learn.
- For the planet: Although this project is of a social aspect, the environment will always be one of Bask's fundamental pillars, so this garment factory is not only created by and for people, it will also be created by the degradation that the environment is suffering because of the destructive practices used by the fashion industry.
Now we need support to make this project a reality!
Main features and goals of the crowdfunding campaign
Approximately half of the world's population still lives with the equivalent of about 2 euros per day, and in many places, as in the case of Bangladesh, having a job does not guarantee the ability to escape poverty. We want to be part and accelerate this slow and uneven progress, and review our efforts and social commitment to eradicate poverty.
- Producers and garment workers in the textile industry may face excessive hours, forced overtime, lack of job security, denial of trade union rights, poor health, exhaustion, sexual harassment, discrimination and denial of other basic human rights in the job. Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of clothing. There are 40 million garment workers in textile factories in the world, and 4 million of these workers are in Bangladesh. Workers in Bangladesh earn about $ 2 a day, which makes them garment workers with the lowest wages in the world and more than 85% of workers in Bangladesh are women. They work many hours and often have to take their children to work. All dangerous chemicals in factories are affecting the health of these women and children. Workers have no voice in the wider supply chain and are forced to accept the conditions. In a large part of producing countries, young women face 150 hours of overtime per month, 60% do not have a contract and 90% of them do not have access to medical insurance. *
- Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, the creation of decent jobs, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.
- The production and efficient consumption of world resources and seek to decouple economic growth in the fashion industry from environmental degradation.
- Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labor, put an end to contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking and ensure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labor, including recruitment.
Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including youth and people with disabilities and social exclusion, as well as equal pay for work of equal value.
Protect labor rights and promote a safe and risk-free work environment for all workers, including workers in social exclusion.
- Improve production in developing countries, particularly impacting the least developed communities.
Why this is important
Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world, responsible for 24% of insecticides and 11% of pesticides used worldwide, contributes to 8% of emissions and mass consumption of natural resources such as water, deforestation along with all the negative consequences that this is up to. It also encompasses many of the world's social injustices such as child abuse, violations of people's rights and accidents due to the lack of security in the space in which they work. These people suffer from extreme poverty in a devastated environment that causes irreparable damage and even death.
A TRIP TO ASIA
This begins 6 years ago, when news timidly invades the Western media. On April 23, 2013, the Rana Plaza manufacturing complex on the outskirts of Dhaka (Bangladesh) creaked under the feet of its thousands of busy occupants. Terrified, they were forced to return to the machines. The next day, the factory collapsed with them inside: the result was 1,134 bodies and more than 2,000 injured.
This was the reason why we undertook a trip to Asia, with the aim of recording a documentary that uncovered the hidden reality of the industry responsible for the greatest environmental devastation and social injustices, nothing more and nothing less than the second most polluting industry in the world the fashion industry.
What we saw on this trip we cannot explain it with words. For a moment we were complicit in a scene where we were holding a camera of more than 1000 euros, a computer and all the photographic equipment in the back, focusing on a 16-year-old boy who worked in horrible working conditions. He worked days of more than 8 hours and charging less than 2 euros a day. It was there when we realized that in Bask we were not giving a solution to this problem. The boy's name is Jewel and he had been working for more than 2 years. He had only received education from 6 to 9 years old and was not admitted to school because he was "older."
Throughout the trip, this was one of the stories that struck us the most. The tears of sadness, of impotence, of seeing the problem, but not the solution, jumped. But sometimes, we overlook the great role we play in this system, we overlook, that many small people in small places doing small things can change the world and we want to be one of those small people who can be part of the change of this reality that lies behind what we wear.
Until then we thought that the most ethical and sustainable way to produce our garments was based on a local confection. On this trip we realized that there are many people who do not have the opportunity to work in a dignified way and that not everything that is produced in India and Bangladesh has to do with the devastating consequences of the fashion industry. Our challenge is clear, to change the social reality found in these countries and to help communities transform using fashion as an engine.
AFTER LIVING THIS SITUATION WE CANNOT STAY WITH THE ARMS CROSSED.
This project is mainly aimed at those people in social exclusion who work in garment factories that neither security, nor conditions, nor wages are worthy to be able to live a full life out of extreme poverty that a large part of the people in Bangladesh suffer .
This project is also aimed at all the people who want to be part of a social transformation in the fashion world, to those people who want to have the opportunity to wear something more than a garment. Each garment made in this garment factory will be a decent life for the person behind our Proudly Made in Bangladesh label.
BASK - Beyond a clothing brand
We are a clothing brand created by and for people and the planet. We think well beyond clothes. Our clothes and the people who make them are treated with respect and, in turn, respect the world around them.
At Bask, we do not believe that by minimizing environmental damage is sufficient, we feel the responsibility of fixing the damage already caused in our environment, that is why we undertake different projects to raise people's awareness of current reality and be part of the change through participatory events such as Garbage collection.
I am Apurva San Juan and I am part of the Bask team.
I was born in India, a country where most people work for hours, in dire conditions, to get a salary that does not reach the euro. I live in a world where we are taught to buy compulsively and get everything we want at the stroke of a card. Where fashion culture describes who we are and what it costs here we belong.
But nobody teaches us where everything we carry comes from, and of course its price is much higher than what we see on the label.
I am in Bask because I have the opportunity to change the future of people who were born in the same situation as me but who unfortunately were not so lucky.
I am Maddi Bercianos and I am part of the Bask team.
When I started being interested about the fashion industry, I immediately knew that it was the second most polluting industry in the world. That was the moment when I knew I couldn't keep on consuming as I used to before while knowing that buying a cotton t-shirt means to consuming 2700 Litres of water for example.
I am in Bask because I want to change that reality that fashion is one of the causes of the climate emergency.
I'm Jon Kareaga and I'm part of the Bask team.
I have had the opportunity to travel to the most remote places in Asia to record a documentary about the impact of the fashion industry on people and the planet.
I have witnessed situations I never thought I would see. I have seen what is hidden behind what we wear, of the environmental consequences and social injustices that are hidden behind this industry.
Back home I decided to do something to improve this situation, that is why we have just launched a crowdfunding campaign to open a social garment factory in Dhaka Bangladesh.
MADE IN, MADE FOR
We will present the documentary in several places creating events to raise public awareness and raise awareness about the impact that our irresponsible consumption has in countries such as China, India and Bangladesh. The documentary has been funded by the Diputación de Gipuzkoa and we will use it as an awareness tool to get the money we need to open the social garment factory. We have key collaborators that will help us organize these events in different cities. Among them; Fridays For Future and Fashion Revolution.
We are a non-profit organization that puts people and the planet above economic benefits and currently all project members are working on a voluntary basis.