Toronto, November 29, 2015 – In October, we were invited to special screening of the fashion documentary True Cost during Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week. True Cost is a bold, gut-wrenching documentary that explores the dark side of the environmental and socioeconomic impact of fashion. Produced by Michael Ross and directed by Andrew Morgan, True Cost pulls no punches exposing everything from the predatory practices of Monsanto to the industry’s complacency towards outsourced slave labour in the developing and third world countries.
From the brightest runways to the darkest slums, True Cost features interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva. This is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.
“Each year across the world, 1.5 billion garments are sewn by an estimated 40 million people, working in 250,000 factories. These are predominantly made in countries described by the UN as the world’s least developed. All in all, the garment and textile industry is estimated to be worth some $3 trillion. And the bulk of that goes into the pockets of the owners of those fast fashion brands.” – Livia Firth
Fast fashion in particular, like many other industries nowadays, is overrun by greedy corporatist overlords. They aggregate profit at the top rather
than distribute it to those doing the actual work. Then there’s the systematic environmental
contamination and destruction, the exploitation of labour reducing workers to slaves, and the brainwashing of consumers. We are not innocent as consumers as we play a role in this as well. The industry has to change, the system needs to change – we must to change.
True Cost is now available on Netflix as well as other platforms including iTunes and YouTube. Whether you’re in the fashion industry or not, we highly recommend you check it out. A great companion to this film is The Corporation documentary and the book Life Inc. by Douglas Rushkoff. Hope you check them all out over the holidays.