“The True Cost” Reveals Who Really Pays for Your Clothing

by Morgan Cruz, Marketing Content Coordinator, MHI | @mhi_morgan

The True Cost is a ground-breaking documentary film that tells a story about the clothing supply chain. It’s about the clothes we buy, the workers who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. With the “fast fashion” phenomenon of the millennium, clothing prices have decreased while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.

This film uncovers who really pays for our clothing. There are 40 million garment workers in the world today and most do not share the same human rights that you find in the west. With clothing becoming so cheap it is nearly treated as disposable. The fashion industry is now the second most polluting industry next to oil.

Why is there such a lack of awareness? Well, unless you work in supply chain, it is rare you have seen the bridge between consumer and garment maker. The supply chain is an undercover industry in it’s self. For instance, the average American who buys a new t-shirt is disconnected from the human labor and the logistics needed to create and deliver the product. Andrew Morgan, Director of The True Cost explains at the heart of the film they are “connecting a bunch of pieces that we kind of vaguely know are true of the world but we have never seen them put all together.” The True Cost does a great job of putting together the pieces of the fashion supply chain and shows the harsh reality facing the clothing economy.

Find out more and how you can take action to help reduce the true cost of fast fashion. Visit truecostmovie.com to learn how you can buy smarter for a more sustainable and transparent fashion industry.

Do you work in the supply chain? Share what you do that connects the world at iWorkInTheSupplyChain.com and you might win the 2016 Face of the Supply Chain.