I really want to share a movie I’ve seen quite recently in my school about a theme that always been on my mind.
It’s about the sustainability issue in fashion and how fast fashion has accelerated global warning, destruction of habitats and the degradation of human rights.
Despite offering jobs in third world countries, they don’t provide basic needs, sufficient salary and hours of rest at work and therefore mistreating employees. The manipulation of fabric involves use of chemicals, polluting rivers that local animals and people will drink and many will catch diseases because of it, and the fact that the river its contaminated and spreading throughout the sea, it’s also alarming. Brands such as Zara (and all Inditex group), H&M, Forever 21, Topshop, Primark, C&A, etc. produce enormous amounts of clothing that allures the public on buying more that what they need. This leads to putting constantly in the trash not so old garments, ending up on a pile of non-biodegradable fabric waiting for a day that will never come, the day they’ll disappear. If you’re thinking that the best option is burning the clothes, think again! That will only send CO2 and other chemicals to the atmosphere worsening the ozone layer effect.
I asked my teachers what could we do to help, since many times people feel that they’re already helping by talking about the problem but that’s hardly enough! We need solutions and action and it seems that social media is not being effective on those steps on overcoming certain issues. With that being said, some things you could do are:
// Sign petitions;
// Buy second hand clothes or go to thrift shops -yes guys, they are vintage, cooler and you will hardly find someone with the some piece! Do you know many old school high fashion clothing can be found there with lower prices?! I’m talking about Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, D&G, DKNY type of high fashion between 150 to 600 dollars! Besides, my fashion teacher only buys clothes like that and she has an a.ma.zing style!- So, go veggie clothing!
// Inform the brand about your concerns with the production of their clothing, e-mail them, make questions, BUGGED them! They may hate that but they’ll hate loosing costumers more!
// Wanting to shut down textile companies because you know how people suffer there, is not actually a solution because they need that job, it is a job! They just need to improve conditions, we have to make sure we´re demanding that from our seamstresses.
// If you can afford it, continue buying high-end fashion devoted to craftsmanship and choose selected companies that produce the best quality products with the brightest technique like Stella McCartney (who makes a great effort on green ethics since the start of the brand) Chanel, D&G, Valentino, Céline, Aquazzura etc.
// Finally, be curious to know more about what people are making to the world you live, make movies like this! This movie was a project made by a guy that wanted to know where our clothes came from, he then spread the documentary free for everyone to see. Today is a powerful tool against this crazy capitalist system.
To watch the movie for free, click here: The True Cost Movie
p.s- feel free to navigate through the website also, specially into the Learn More section.