Factory Impact Project 001: Kindness is All It Takes
In the case of the Benevolence Collection, it is kindness to all garment workers. The theme revolves around care and love for garment workers and all under-represented laborers around world. It is about the importance of always actively seeking ways to improve the fashion industry.
Actions are triggered by emotions.
If we can prove to brands and retailers that consumers truly value those directly involved in the apparel production process, they will eventually see the importance in helping factories enforce better health and safety practices if this is something their customers value.
To honor this, we showed our manufacturer, Tuly Pena, and her team of eight, some compassion by throwing our first Factory Impact Project, an event where volunteers and the MPCo. team offered their time and energy to help clean her facility, build ergonomically sound chairs, and fund posture improvement supplies.
Currently, the MPCo. team is devising a long-term operational solution between Tuly's factory and her range of clients, in order to making the entire production process - sourcing, sampling, cutting, sewing, as efficient and effective as possible for both parties.
In a report by the Garment Worker Center (GWC), UCLA Labor Center, and UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health,
72% of garment workers said their work areas were filled with dust. 60% reported excessive heat and dust, 42% claimed exits were regularly blocked, and 49% said there were no first aid kits.
High-temperatures in the summer, primarily due to the poor ventilation and dust, impairs cognitive performance, causes dehydration and discomfort, and increases psychological strain for garment worker's.