The true cost is another fashion documentary on Netflix that discusses the impact of fashion on our world, and looks globally at the power and poverty aspects. This a discussion that has been held a lot more in the last year and has been openly discussed by bloggers and influencers on social media, who are now trying to change the concept of a ‘throw away society’.
Most of us when buying clothes tend to only be concerned with the price, size and style of it.
The documentary starts off in China, looking at the effects of fast fashion and its 52 seasons a year. With the price of clothes lowering and the manufacturing costs remaining the same, this means corners are being cut and safety regulations are ignored in order to make things work. We then travel to Bangladesh to interview a few of the survivors of some of the worst factory disasters in the last few years. From the collapsing of factories to fires. Then to London to talk to Safia Minney who is the CEO of a fair trade fashion brand, who takes us to Tokoyo to share the great ideas behind fair trade and her work.
The documentary covers so many aspects from marketing strategies to environmental impacts. Looking at how successful advertising encourages us to throw away what we have in order to buy what is new, and with the development of fashion fashion there is now new products being released every week. In terms of environmental impacts, this means the average American throws away 82 pounds of textile waste each year, adding up to over 11 million tonnes of textile waste from the US alone. Most of this waste is non biodegradable meaning it sits in landfill for up to 200 years while releasing harmful gas into the air.
The documentary continues to travel round the world from Milan to Haiti, interviewing workers, survivors, CEO’s, journalists and activists. Allowing me to gain a global perspective of the topic being discussed. After watching the documentary I was reminded of how much we all play a part in terms of fast fashion and that this isn’t just a fight for the workers or families effected by poverty wages, factory disasters and abuse of employees but a fight for us all. I will be consciously making an effort from now on to spread awareness as well as promoting the ideas around recycled clothes rather than those of a ‘throw away society’
I would highly recommend this documentary, it really is a must watch.