Firstly I just want to apologise for being SO BAD and not writing a blog post recently, I have been crazy busy and need to try and balance my blog, work, gym, and lifestyle all at once!
Whilst trying to sort my life out, I recently watched a documentary called The True Cost which I found out about after it was featured in Tanya Burrs’ recent monthly favorites video.
The True Cost is a feature length documentary series which explores how much the fashion industry impacts on people and the planet. It takes a look at who really pays the price for the clothes that we wear? Is it us? The Brand? Or the people who make them?
Watching this documentary was a real eye-opener as it filmed countries all over the world featuring high end fashion runways, high flying fashion designers but more importantly slums and third world countries, the places where these clothes are made. It isn’t just high end fashion it’s also the lower end fashion brands which produce their clothes in the poorest of places in the poorest of working conditions. It saddens me to think that there are people in the world making clothes for as little as 3 dollars a week yet our minimum wage is £5.13 an hour and that still isn’t enough for us!
The True Cost has definitely had an effect on myself and how ‘Fast Fashion’ may seem like a good idea at the time, buying disposable clothes for your summer holiday then throwing them away after. But it has also taught me to treasure the clothes I do have, don’t just wear them once and then leave them stuck in my wardrobe for 2 years to then be thrown away, not when someone somewhere has earnt next to nothing for making that item of clothing. Next time you buy clothes, just think what it has taken to get to the shopping rail.
I would seriously recommend watching this documentary, I watched it on Netflix but I believe it can also be watched on this websitehttp://truecostmovie.com/watch-now/