The True Cost Movie.

This is an unapologetic heavy topic for a first post but it has been something that has been playing on my mind for some time.  A couple of weeks ago I went to a screening of the The True Cost documentary.  Having worked in retail for over 10 years now, and predominately clothing, the fast fashion supply chain and ethical fashion has something that has concerned me recently and I wanted to learn more viagra rezeptfrei bestellen.  I doubt any high street shopper wouldn’t have been shocked at the pictures of the Rana Plaza Factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013.  The rolls of fabric streaming from the window as garment workers made a desperate bid to escape.  1,129 died that day, predominately women, victims of fast fashion.  Caused by the demands of the West for cheap, throw-away clothing.  This is was the horrific opening scenes from The True Cost, setting the scene in the most brutal fashion.  But Fast Fashion is brutal, and the lower down the supply chain you work the more callous the conditions.

The film left a sour taste in my mouth as I walked down the hight street later on that week.  I never considered myself to be a “victim” of the fast fashion model, but I’m no saint either.  Buying clothes I had to have only to wear them a handful of times.  I’ve decided this year I’m making some changes to my shopping habits.

1. Re Love.  I will learn to re love some of the hidden gems in my wardrobe.  I have lost a bit of weight over the years and I know I have some gorgeous dresses that are just in need of a little nip and tuck so I’ll give my local tailor my business rather than lining the pockets of a faceless billionaire for another dress I really don’t need.

2. Buy Less Wear More. I will only buy an item if I know I will wear it a minimum of 30 times.

3. Great minds think alike. I will make more of an effort to buy from brands who take an active stance in producing sustainable and ethical clothing

If you’ve ever wondered, Who made my clothes?  Watch this film (I believe it is on netflix now).  I could talk and talk about it but the real impact comes from the images on screen.  The Fast Fashion model needs to change.  It is a travesty we have let it get to this level of carelessness.  Ideally, I’d like for the big retailers to make their supply chain more visible for their customers, and also for them to share their profits to make the supply chain work for everyone, and for the environment.  However, I also believe change needs to come from consumers, vote with your purse and demand more visibility and accountability from your retailers.

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