'The True Cost' - A Documentary Exploring the Impact of Fast Fashion

Director Andrew Morgan will soon release 'The True Cost' - a documentary film exploring the impact of the global clothing industry on people and the planet. This documentary follows on the heels of the Rana Plaza factory fire and collapse that claimed the lives of more than 1,100 people in Bangladesh. While this documentary will shed light on the complexity of issues present in the current apparel and textiles industry, the question remains: how many times must we repeat ourselves before action to change is taken? 

What will it take to curb the overwhelming desire to consume to a point where our closets are bursting at their seams and our landfills are overflowing with wasted resources? Around the globe, it's easy for businesses, organizations, and individuals to see (and in many places, feel) the consequences of ignoring the lack of ecological and ethical responsibility prevalent within the apparel and textiles industry. This industry has such a strong hold on our civilization -- from the clothes and shoes we wear, to the bed sheets we sleep on, to the interiors of our homes and cars (to name a few examples). 

Knowing how much time we spend being wrapped in textiles of all kinds, shouldn't we care about what we're putting on our bodies? Don't we want to know that we're making the healthiest, most toxin-free choice available to us? Inherently we want to live a long and healthy life, whether we actively make the choices that will yield such results or not. So why do we keep clogging our arteries with cheap fast fashion?