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Meeting Kelsey Timmerman at Ohio Northern University.

Recently, Ohio Northern University brought the “Fashion Revolution” to campus a little early*. Author Kelsey Timmerman spoke to students about writing the book Where am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes. Timmerman encourages readers to look at their clothes in a new way and to ask the fashion industry not only “where am I wearing,” but questions like “who made my clothes?” and “is my clothing being made in a sustainable and ethical way?”

Timmerman tackled his topic head on. He looked at a t-shirt he owned and wondered who made it. Then–with the plan to write about his discoveries–he went to Honduras and asked to see inside the factory where his shirt was made. The gun-toting guard said “no,” but Timmerman would find a way to get his question answered.

And he went on to visit many third-world countries to visit factories and meet workers, learning about the shocking disparity between their standards of living and those of the Americans who buy the clothes they make.

For me, it’s life-altering to see how purchasing something as simple as a t-shirt has far-reaching effects. At the presentation, Timmerman wore a t-shirt that says “will write for change.” I hope he’ll be well paid.

*April 18-24, 2016 is being promoted by fashionrevolution.org as the Fashion Revolution. In recognition of the Rana Plaza tragedy of 2013–where 1,134 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured in a garment district building collapse–this campaign asks you to discover the ethical cost of your clothing.

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