“The True Cost” Will Make You Want to Buy Less
A new fashion documentary explores over-consumption
Ever wonder what all the fuss is around shopping terms like “socially conscious” and “disposable fashion”?
If you’ve got 93 minutes to spare, watch The True Cost, a new documentary that sheds some light on how mass-market fashion gets made--and who it touches in the process.
L.A.-based filmmaker Andrew Morgan spent two years visiting 13 countries for the project, which basically takes on not only global, multinational companies but also consumers, for creating demand for new merchandise every week.
You’ll meet the faces affected by the constant pressure for lower prices and faster production--a Bangladeshi factory worker beaten when she tried to unionize, a Texan cotton farmer who’s sure pesticides caused her father’s death, even a Haitian tailor put out of work when all the world’s discarded clothes showed up as “relief.”
While Morgan lays on the anti-consumerist messaging a little thick, we emerged from our Netflix viewing persuaded to fill our closets with fewer items of greater quality, and to patronize both U.S. and overseas companies that pay their workers a living wage.
Less is more; at least, that’s what The True Cost is trying to sell us.