The True Cost is a 2015 documentary film about fast fashion and what an immense negative impact it has on both the environment and people that work in the fashion industry. The worst negative aspects of fast fashion include river and soil pollution, pesticide contamination, disease and even death. The film also examines such issues of modern day society as overconsumption and global capitalism. The documentary is a collage of several interviews with environmentalists, garment workers, factory owners, and people organizing fair trade companies or promoting sustainable clothing production.
In my opinion, this documentary is a must-see film. Every single person living in cutting edge society should be aware of what is actually happening around the world in response to our constant desire to purchase more and more cheap garments even when we actually don’t need them that much. The fact that the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world is actually depressing, since fashion is a way of how people can express themselves and be as creative as they want. Mass consumption is such a big problem nowadays but people still tend to forget about it and rarely think about the fact that buying stuff that is of poor quality and is only going to be worn once or twice has its consequences on low-wage workers in third world countries as well as the environment that we live in. I strongly encourage everyone to watch this film because it may change one’s attitude towards the fashion industry at least a tiny bit.