The True Cost
A wonderful friend recommended the documentary, The True Cost, and I can't stop thinking about it. It is a well rounded portrayal of the impact that fast & throw away fashion has on a global, economic, environmental and most importantly, human level. The documentary focuses most of its efforts on the impact that our Western world fashion desires have on the countries of Bangladesh, Cambodia, and India. Highlighting many familiar companies such as H&M, Forever 21, Walmart & The Gap. As well as highlighting companies that are making a valid attempt to be more sustainable. It creates an awareness about the clothes you are wearing and what you have paid for them. You personally would never wish those particular working conditions or family life on a garment worker but realistically, each and every day we blindly purchase items that support those conditions. The cost of the savings that you receive when you purchase a $5 t-shirt, $9.95 blazer or $20 pair of jeans has been paid with the sacrifice of proper working conditions. Spend 90 minutes of your life to become informed about how the majority of individuals spend their entire day. Check out the trailer here.
Thinking of hard issues can be completely overwhelming, from cleaning up the plastic debris in the oceans to the abuse garment workers living in a developing country. Where do you even start? Change begins from within, change comes from our small actions each and every day, never forget that as an individual you have the power to move mountains.