Must see documentary: The True Cost | Why i’m taking a stand against Fast Fashion and Sweatshops

Hi everyone, today i’m going to have a very heart to heart chat with you on a subject which i only recently opened my eyes on: Fashion. Or should i say, Fast Fashion. and Sweatshops

I already talked a bit about my wake up call about consumerism in general here on the blog, but after discovering the documentary The True Cost (on Netflix), i truly felt the need to take a hard look about how the fashion industry behaves and what part i want to play in it. And i actually decided that i didn’t want any anymore. To be honest i cried for about half of the movie and it was mostly because of guilt. I felt deeply ashamed because i had never properly thought about and questioned the problem behind the 5€ t-shirt i was so excited about, because it was pretty obvious that there was a problem somewhere…

The True Cost was basically an electrochoc for me and a true eye opening experience. We all need to stop being so selfish and self-centered and start acting like the evolved civilization that we are supposed to be and take a stand right now because in 2017, it is absolutely unimaginable to me that people could die sewing clothes for us to buy and throw away 3-5 months later. It is also intolerable to me that even though they work 60-70 hours a week to make the clothes i’m buying, women don’t earn enough money to be able to keep their children with them and are forced to send them away and see them 3 times a year. Once you know that, how can you close your eyes and pretend like you don’t know?

I consider myself extremely lucky to have been born in a country where people have rights. Lucky to live in a country where i have the right to earn a decent living from my work. The right to feel safe and protected at my workplace. Not everyone has this chance and as one of the lucky people, i have the responsibility to stop supporting something that is actually just modern slavery.

Now i can’t go back in time and fix my mistakes so sadly most of my wardrobe today is “Made in Sweatshops” but from now on, i decided that i won’t ever give my money again, to brands i know or suspect to not treat their workers or the environment correctly. My money will never again encourage slavery and i will not risk wearing something that was made with blood and tears of innocent people. Never again. We have other options and most importantly we have the power to ask for better than this. We the consumer HAVE to demand better.

The customer has to know that they are in charge. Without them, we don’t have jobs. That is really important, so you don’t have to buy into it. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to buy into it. – Stella McCartney

If you care about learning a bit more on what you’re wearing, how it’s made and by who, you MUST watch The True Cost. It’ll be hard i’m not gonna lie, but to make the world a better place we have to see how it really is and what’s wrong with it, and this, is so so wrong.

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  • Reply katie

    straight onto my watch-list it goes! this looks like really, really important viewing and sounds like it sheds light on something a lot of people are happy to gloss over and avoid. i’m definitely going to watch this, and share with friends too. you can’t chose what you’re born into!!

    katie. xx

    September 29, 2017 at 07:13
  • Reply Rhianna

    Hi Melodie!
    I found your blog following the link you left recently on Pick Up Limes while looking for some vegan recipes, but this documentary recommendation first caught my eye. I have always strongly disliked fast fashion and stopped buying it around a year ago, but that used to be because of the poor quality of the items. Now I am even more aware of the environmental and ethical impacts of this industry.
    The economic system’s role in the fashion industry piqued my interested as I am currently studying it as a bachelor. I have always been obsessed with the efficiency of capitalism, but I am becoming more and more aware with age of how the beautifully efficient capitalist paradise on paper manifests itself as ugliness in a world of consumer apathy.
    I’ve been trying to find a way to marry my environmentalist values with my love of economics, and this documentary has given me the last little bit of motivation that I needed to choose environmental economics as my major.
    Thank you for spreading the word about ethical fashion. I’ll be doing the same : )
    Lots of love from Australia,

    February 4, 2018 at 08:54
    • Reply Melodie

      Giiirl you just made my day!! I’m so happy you stopped by then and i think you’re working towards a wonderful goal! Make sure to come back every once in a while and let me know how you’re doing with your studies! Thanks so much for that comment! :*

      February 4, 2018 at 12:13
  • Reply Sandra

    Hi Melodie!
    I also found your blog following a link on Pick Up Limes searching for more recipe ideas. I have recently converted to veganism so I seek inspiration wherever possible to make my path more pleasant! Although I have never been a fashion person, it was merely because of a personal choice but in recent years I have become more aware about the damage these industries are doing to people and our planet in general. Same reason why I have changed my eating habits! I am from Mexico, since the mid 90’s life for people in my country has changed drastically as many companies from the US arrived full of promises for a better future for our people and their families, many farmers left the land and moved to larger cities in search for those jobs with the hope of giving their children education and a decent way of life. Unfortunatelly, same story, we ended up with many underpaid workers and perhaps not entirely the same conditions as India but still, these people were left with nothing. I have seen much of our natural resources destroyed by these industries and tourism with the massive construction of luxury condos and hotels. I live in the coast of Mexico, only 3 years ago we could still see the beautiful mountain while taking a nature walk, now the city is full of new constructions all over. But you know, these industries come with the promise of giving people better jobs and the desperate people believe this as they think, they have no choice.
    Thank you for sharing this with us and for inspiring people to take on a different perspective of the world we live in. It is up to us to really make that change! I have two small children who give me hope and with the help of people like you, I know this change WILL be possible.
    I am enjoying your blog very much!
    Sending much love!

    February 7, 2019 at 05:59
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