Let me start by saying - If you WEAR clothes you need to watch this film.
This morning I came across 'The True Cost' on Netflix, and although it had been something I have known about and wanted to see, and although the cost of the fashion industry to people and the environment something I am interested in and passionate about - I have only just watched it. See the trailer below:
'The True Cost' is a truly heart-breaking account of what the fashion industry is today and how it has been degrading our neighbouring countries, women clothing workers and communities. It highlights the HUGE difference between our consumerist fast fashion addiction lifestyle with those communities in developing countries who are exploited to MAKE our clothes, often living with terrible poverty, and violent and unsafe working conditions, earning less than they are able to live on.
Unfortunately fashion comes at a terrible cost to the garment workers in developing countries, mostly women, exploited terribly, unable to make a living wage, or often support their children - silently suffering while more-well-off women all over the globe are being coerced into spending more, buying more with little knowledge of the terrible industry they are supporting.
The fashion industry also produces a catastrophic amount of pollution, second only to the oil production industry. The film highlights the environmental issues with our fast fashion industry, and the long term effects that it is having on the land as well as the communities living in those areas - with the rise and exponential growth of fast fashion there has also been a huge increase of pesticides and fertilizers used, and with it a dramatic rise in birth defects, cancer and mental illness.
This film really highlights the need to ensure where our clothing/fabric is coming from, who is making it, and are they being treated well - it is absolutely not okay to ignore.
Equally and opposite - the film highlights some really exciting initiatives supporting fair trade and women's development ensuring that the women that work for them are earning a fair 'living wage' and without destruction to the environment they live in. Check out 'People Tree' below. We need more of this! http://www.peopletree.co.uk/about-us
I hope to keep sharing great initiatives that I come across and keep exploring the options for eco friendly/fair trade fabric supply and clothing. I am really excited to support people and businesses who are caring for their workers.
As always, thanks for visiting!