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'True Cost'

We’re paying less and less for clothes—clothes that we wear a few times, then discard because the fashion industry shames us into thinking the clothes are “out of fashion.” Meanwhile, the true cost of “fast (and cheap) fashion” is rising. And it’s taking an awful toll on human rights and the environment.

It’s no accident that we’re disconnected from the people who make our clothes. About 97 percent of the clothes we buy are made by about 40 million garment workers toiling away in sweatshops in faraway countries.

“The True Cost,” a documentary, was filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums. The film features interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva.

It’s not a pretty story. Watch the film, may find yourself echoing the narrator’s lament: “My God, we can do better than this.”

Watch the trailer 

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