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  • The True Cost Documentary Kickstarter - Do You Know The True Cost Of Your Clothes?

    Do YOU know the true cost of your clothes? Andrew Morgan does. And he wants to tell you the whole story.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FszV8O0zP-0

    'The True Cost' is an up and coming documentary film exploring the impact of the global clothing industry on people and the planet. While the price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, human rights and environmental costs have grown dramatically. It is the goal of this film to make those costs vividly clear as we explore how we got here, the damage being done, and the hope filled prospect of choosing a different future.

    Andrew Morgan is a director focused on telling stories for a better tomorrow. Andrew Morgan is a director focused on telling stories for a better tomorrow.

    Clothing is the most labour dependent global industry in the world, employing millions of the world’s poorest workers of which more than 80% are women. Many of these women are paid less than a living wage, work in unsafe conditions, and are deprived of basic human rights.

    Growing up in America, Andrew never gave much thought to where his clothes came from. But as he began to learn more about the people and places behind the labels in his closet, Andrew was shocked by what he found. Growing up in America, Andrew never gave much thought to where his clothes came from. But as he began to learn more about the people and places behind the labels in his closet, Andrew was shocked by what he found.

    By outsourcing the labour to developing countries, the price consumers pay for clothes has seen decades of near steady decline. Because of these low prices, consumers buy more. A lot more.

    Andrew Morgan with Bob Bland in New York. Andrew Morgan with Bob Bland in New York.

    The world now consumes more than 80 billion pieces of clothing a year, making it a trillion dollar annual industry. This rapid consumption has also dramatically increased environmental damage at an alarming rate. America now generates 11 million tons of textile waste each year, not to mention the depletion of environmental resources involved in the production of these clothes.

    The documentary will feature exclusive interviews with top industry experts and activists including Livia Firth, creative director at Eco-Age and co-founder of the Green Carpet Challenge. The documentary will feature exclusive interviews with top industry experts and activists including Livia Firth, creative director at Eco-Age and co-founder of the Green Carpet Challenge.

    At the same time, there are record high numbers of worker casualties in factories, and a growing toll on the environment that has been described by experts as fundamentally unsustainable.

    “Almost overnight we have become used to consuming fashion with reckless, addicted abandon, buying more clothes than ever before, reversing centuries of fashion heritage, knowledge and understanding in the process.” - Lucy Siegle, author and journalist. “Almost overnight we have become used to consuming fashion with reckless, addicted abandon, buying more clothes than ever before, reversing centuries of fashion heritage, knowledge and understanding in the process.” - Lucy Siegle, author and journalist.

    But there is hope.

    'The True Cost' documentary is an effort to highlight real solutions that we, the consumers, can all take part in and help make a difference.

    Scott Nova is the executive director of the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), an independent labour rights monitoring organisation that conducts investigations of working conditions in factories around the globe. Scott Nova is the executive director of the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), an independent labour rights monitoring organisation that conducts investigations of working conditions in factories around the globe.

    For the last few months, Andrew has been working on creating a teaser trailer and building a growing team of experts about the world.  Now, he wants to start raising money to begin full production on the final film and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to do so. Funds donated through the Kickstarter campaign will go on principal photography and the post-production process.

    John Hilary serves as the executive director for the War on Want, a UK based organisation focused on fighting poverty in developing countries in partnership with people affected by globalization. The organisation campaigns for human rights against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice. John Hilary serves as the executive director for the War on Want, a UK based organisation focused on fighting poverty in developing countries in partnership with people affected by globalization. The organisation campaigns for human rights against the root causes of global poverty, inequality and injustice.

    The documentary will feature exclusive interviews with top industry experts and activists from the international clothing community, including Safia Minney, Livia Firth, John Hilary, Lucy Siegle, Scott Nova and many more. In addition to these professionals, the audience will get to see the human side of the issue as Andrew plans to take cameras around the world to capture the lives of the people affected by these issues every day.

    The True Cost Documentary Final Card. The True Cost: The Future Is On Sale.

    Learn how you can be part of the story by checking out 'The True Cost' Kickstarter page!

    Follow 'The True Cost' on Twitter - @TrueCostMovie!

    Photos courtesy of Andrew Morgan / True Cost.

  • Guest Blogger of the Month: Sadie's Wardrobe

    Sadie from Sadie's WardrobeWhat is the name of your blog?

    Sadie's Wardrobe

    Tells us about your blog and why you started it.

    I started my blog way back in April 2009, when I was just starting to get interested in fashion. I had been reading a lot of other blogs at the time and really wanted to make one of my own! It’s a good ‘creative’ outlet, where I often feature little DIYs and sewing projects. I recently ‘rebranded’ it as an ethical blog, although it has always featured lot of vintage & thrifted items.

    Why is sustainable fashion so important?

    Fast fashion is very much the norm, and I really didn’t think twice about it before I read Lucy Siegle’s book ‘To Die For’. For me, the importance of sustainable fashion is definitely something that needed pointing out. Since reading the book, I just don’t think I can go back to buying cheap disposable clothes. The way I see it is that in a world of finite resources and growing population, we really can’t afford to keep producing clothing at the rate we do. At the same time, fashion is such an important cultural symbol. So I think the best solution at the moment is to make it as sustainable as possible.

    How would you describe your style / fashion sense?

    I’m not really sure how I’d describe my fashion sense! I tend to wear a lot of bright colours and 70s blouses, and I’d say I’m very influenced by 60s mod style. But since moving to Paris, a lot more grey and 'texture' has been creeping into my wardrobe.

    Who do you admire in the world of sustainable fashion?

    Anyone who has decided that they want to do something about sustainability issues and managed to achieve it, no matter how big or small!

    What are your favourite ethical brands and why?

    The first ethical brand I really became aware of was People Tree, and they are still one of my favourites. I love that they are able to produce clothes that are ethical but still fashionable (and affordable!). I’m discovering new brands every day, which is really really encouraging. Sites like Fashion Compassion are really useful for discovering new brands!

    What are your top tips for buying ethical and sustainable products?

    My top tip for buying ethical and sustainable products is to look for companies whose philosophy is based around being ethical, and that way you know it is genuinely important to them. It’s also good to buy second hand, as this has very little environmental impact, but I try to remember to support the ethical companies too, or they can’t continue to exist!

    What are your 3 top picks of the Fashion Compassion website?

    Sadie's 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion's website! Sadie's 3 top picks from Fashion ComPassion's website - Pineapple dress (£80), Saturday shirt (£65) & Pocket skirt (£80).

    I really love the 50s-style Pineapple summer dress by Bhalo. Wouldn’t mind one for a holiday wardrobe! The pastel coloured panels on the Bhalo Pocket skirt give it a really cool twist. I love the fact that it has hand-made coconut buttons! For lovers of mod fashion such as myself, this Bhalo Saturday shirt is perfect. Again, I’m a big fan of the contrasting pastel-coloured sections!

    Sadie Wardrobe is also on twitter: @sadieswardrobe

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