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