Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

The True Cost of Fast Fashion

on November 20, 2015

I came across this documentary a while back and I think it’s well worth mentioning. For anyone concerned about fast fashion and the true story behind how most of our clothing is made, this will be of great interest.


This film is eye opening and heart breaking. Those of us who already shop thrift, recycle and refashion are probably well aware of many of the themes in this documentary. Those who don’t give much thought to why clothing is becoming cheaper and cheaper to buy may be in for quite a shock.


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Clothing-the most labour-dependent industry in the world, employing millions of poor workers often working in unsafe, inhumane conditions. Did you know that fashion is now the second most polluting industry in the world next to oil? Neither did I!

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Here’s a link to the trailer. If you can purchase the film it is well worth it.

The True Cost

Another great film that you can watch for free on YouTube is right here: Made in Bangladesh-The Fifth Estate. A brief synopsis of this one (taken right from the YouTube description): A lot of our clothes bear the label ‘Made in Bangladesh’. But before the deadly collapse of a garment factory there last April, most of us never thought about the people who make them. After clothes bound for Canada were found in the rubble of Rana Plaza, Canadian companies reacted with surprise – how could such a tragedy happen?


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Happy ethical shopping!


2 responses to “The True Cost of Fast Fashion

  1. Rude Record says:

    We are waiting to see the movie true cost at our library. I have requested a group screening in its theatre room. Thank you for the link to the other video. For two years now RUDE has participate in Fashion Revolution Day, making a video that we post to YouTube, as well as an article in the local newspaper.

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