The True Cost – An Unglamorous Fashion Story


For the past week and a half, I’ve had the flat to myself and have been catching up on documentaries I’ve had on my watch list for far too long… The True Cost was one of them!

This documentary opens our eyes to what goes on behind the scenes in the fast fashion industry and encourages us to think about “Who really pays the price for our clothes?”.

This question has played such a pivotal role in my creative journey as it’s where my interest in sustainable practices started. If you’d like to know more about that check out my post-Unravelling Fast Fashion.

This is a pretty contraversial topic and yes it’s not light watching and wouldn’t recommend watching it just before you go to sleep!

Watch The True Cost Documentary 📽️ Trailer:

The True Cost Documentary highlights many things from the working conditions of factory workers, to the unsustainable production process and the impact on the environment. You may have seen and read a lot of the information before but seeing it all come together in one documentary delivers a very powerful message.

The last time we were in Cambodia I noticed a new Mango shop had gone up on one of the main roads in Phnom Penh. It was sad to think that a lot of the women in the community that we were volunteering in go off to work in the garment factories that produce these clothes and yet they wouldn’t even be able to afford a simple t-shirt.

My Biggest Insight

The one thing that really stood out for me was the section on organic cotton farming and here’s why:

We see a lot of campaigns about beauty products with toxic chemicals and why we should stop buying them all the time… But have you ever considered this – the clothes we wear (every day) would totally have the same effect as the beauty products. If our clothes are made of cotton or any fibres and dyes riddled with toxic chemicals these chemicals will be absorbed into our bodies as well😲😲😲

Unless we all about to join a nudist colony this is something we need to start thinking about too.

So What Now?

It’s so important to know where our belongings and our food (yes not only our clothes!) come from. Who’s making them and how? It’s up to us as buyers to purchase responsibly because we’re all part of the cycle. Always think twice about those cheap and (what appear to be) cheerful purchases.

I hope this post engages your curiosity. And helps spread that eco-warrior enthusiasm that you know I like so much 😉