If you have not watched this documentary yet - I highly recommend you do!
I don’t watch much TV, but a family member informed me about this show - she found it “Really sad. Definitely an eye opener!” I was so intrigued I set aside a well worthy hour of my time to do so…
I’ve made this easier for you to watch by providing the YouTube link below! Prepare to be shocked, educated and inspired!
This documentary provides an alarming wake-up call to all our fast fashion feeders, who don’t quite realise the extent of the impact our “insatiable appetite” for fast-feel cheap clothing is actually having on our world, and all the communities of organisms living in it!
Stacey Dooley honestly opens our eyes to how the fashion industry has spun (cotton in particular) completely out of control. The programme informs society that the flawed fashion industry is in fact the 2nd worst polluter in the whole world! It has become one of the most toxic and water intensive uncontrollable industries, that is having immeasurable effects on the environment.
It focus’s on the disappearance of the Aral sea in Kazakstan (as seen above) and the toxic River Citarum in Indonesia - now know by locals as
I’ve talked about the power of social media before - towards the end of the programme, Stacey has smartly targeted social online fashion influences (like myself but with far more followers!!) to think responsively about their roles in society and help educate and morally manipulate fashion lovers into making conscious shopping choices! Let’s hope this has an impact!
I don’t want to break down the detail of the entire documentary because I think is far more valuable to actually watch it!
But what I will say is that if we care about people and our planet (which I hope we all do…!) then we need to educate ourselves about this industry and always keep in mind that ultimately, someone somewhere is paying the price for our cheap and (not so cheerful) clothing; whether it’s the environment, animals, people… children!
We basically need to have a heart!
We need to understand that we do have a form of responsibility as consumers on all these consequences! And we can have full control over our decisions to buy! We can make a difference!
I understand that many people argue that they can’t afford expensive ethical clothes, and/or are on a budget, so you tend to seek out cheaper clothing. And I get it, I do! But you can still do your bit to help and even save yourself even more money by minimising the frequency we consume clothes and start to question whether you actually need that garment at all? Often we find ourselves buying something because it is a bargain, or it’s in and you decided you want it, but do you really need it? Yes, sometimes we might do, but usually we don’t!