Fashion is supposed to be fun. It should be a way to express yourself and showcase who you are. It should feel good when you wear nice clothes. But do you ever think about where your clothes come from?
The documentary “The True Cost” describes the true cost of fashion to people and the planet. It talks about the damage that fast fashion causes to our planet and the way it violates human rights.
The industry of fast fashion has a drastic impact on our world. Although the price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, the human and environmental cost has continued to grow at a dramatic rate.
There are approximately 40 million garment workers in our world today, with 97 per cent of items being made overseas. Garment workers are some of the lowest paid workers in the world and about 85 per cent of them are women. They are often exploited for cheap labour and denied basic human rights.
With the fashion industry being one of the biggest global connections, it is time we started thinking about where our clothes are coming from and who we are hurting by buying into the world of fast fashion.
I, for one, am a sucker for sales. I can’t resist having a look at those $5 sale racks but this year I am making the pledge to reduce the true cost of fast fashion. This means thinking about where my clothes are coming from and buying only from ethical distributors.
Why not take a moment to find out where your clothes came from. From who grew the cotton, to who made the garment itself. You may be surprised.
The Fashion Revolution is a worldwide project focusing on inspiring change within the fashion industry and reconnecting the broken links that are seen in the supply chain. Head to fashionrevolution.org to take the pledge and play your part by asking #whomademyclothes.
April 24 this year is Fashion Revolution Day – follow the Fashion Revolution on Facebook to keep up to date and learn how you can do your part and become a fashion revolutionary.