Hey babes! Recently I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries because I’ve been researching a lot of different things like minimalism, veganism, zero waste and just other things that really intrigue me, Netflix recommend me ‘The True Cost’. A documentary about Fast Fashion, or how the fast changing fashion industry impacts our lives, the environment and the lives of millions of people working in the industry.
I thought it would be interesting to share with you, what I’ve learned and have taken away from this film because I talk about ecology sometimes, and when my views and especially my way of living changes, I think it’s worth sharing that with you! Here’s the description given on the website:
“This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing”
Before I watched this documentary I’d already realized that I needed less stuff, and that I should stop shopping just to shop. I’ve donated so much stuff and now I’ve been cleaning out even more stuff to sell. I’m really loving this entire process. After watching The True Cost, I’m even more motivated to use what I have and to buy secondhand more often.
Seeing the impact of the fast fashion industry on video really made me realize I’m not just doing this for myself. This industry needs to change and change starts with yourself. Tons and tons of perfectly good clothing end up in landfill, all the factories and cotton fields filled with pesticides and chemicals are polluting this world. And it’s not just an environmental issue, it’s a human rights issue. All these factories burning, down, collapsing. People dying or getting seriously ill due to chemicals from the clothing industry.
So long story short.
Here’s why you should buy less and secondhand:
* To reduce human suffering in third world countries
* To use what we have, so it doesn’t end up in landfill or incinerators
* To break free from the endless consumer cycle
* To reduce the huge strain on our ecology
* To send a message to friends, family and others do the same
I hope this blogpost doesn’t come across as preachy because trust me it isn’t! Until very recently I bought fast fashion like crazy. And to be honest, I might still cave in and buy something in the future. But it’s all about changing the way you look at fashion. I obviously won’t judge anyone that doesn’t share the same opinion!
So what do you think is the solution? Is it up to us as consumers to start changing this or do companies need to realize what they are doing is wrong.
Thanks for reading!
Pictures source: http://thetruecost.bullfrogcommunities.com/true_resources