The ‘Human Rights Watch Film Festival’ (films which bring human rights abuses to the forefront, whose goal is for deep rooted legal and
social change in order to fight these injustices, and whose message is that personal accountability can and will make a difference), begins a
showing at HRW, it very well could have been.
In recent years, the media and docs have discussed where are food
comes from, how it is processed, climate change and it’s impact on the
environment, and our drinking water as a commodity. We are cognizant
that fossil fuels produce carbon dioxide (one of the greenhouse gases
that contributes to global warming and impacts the environment as a
result), that organic produce and dairy can impact our eco-system and
overall health, and that recycling plastic or using reusable water
bottles can help prevent non-biodegradable waste.
But we rarely, if ever, give thought to the clothes we wear.
The Fashion Industry is the # 2 polluting industry in the world,
second to the oil industry!
Who makes your clothes?
Are they still being made in China, or now that China has implemented industrial standards, have the factories been moved to surrounding
countries like Bangladesh? 4 million of the 40 million who work in the garment industry, work in Bangladesh. 85% are women.
How much are they getting paid?
What work conditions are the employees subjected to?
Most will recall Rana Plaza, in 2013, which was the deadliest disaster
in the history of the garment industry worldwide.
What impact do the chemicals and dyes have on the local rivers and health of those who come in contact with them?
Did you know that just like organic foods, organic cotton comes from
non-genetically modified plants that are grown without the use of any
fertilizers or pesticides?
Did you know it takes 700 gallons of water to make 1 tee shirt?
What social and ecological impact can the consumer have in implementing changes?
Eco fashion is beginning to and will continue to become more mainstream, but will the clothes be affordable?
Eco-Fashion or Sustainable Fashion: is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create
a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility.
Repurpose: To reuse for a different purpose, on a long-term basis,
For example, using curtains and creating a dress.
Eco-Organic: pesticide free clothing.
UpCycling: the process of converting waste materials or useless
products into new materials or products of better quality or for
better environmental value.
“The True Cost” is now playing at IFC in NYC and Laemmle Music Hall in LA.