April 21, 2021
5 Documentaries That Bring Brand Transparency to the Fashion Industry

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do." – Edward Everett Hale We’ve compiled a list of 5 documentaries that will help us understand the scope of the fashion industry and become more aware, identify brand transparency and overall be more intentional about what we consume. 

Many of us are looking for ways to become more sustainable in our everyday lives. 

Sometimes this process can be very overwhelming and come with a ton of emotions and one may feel unsure as to where to begin. 

The fashion industry causes harm to people, the planet, and you! To quantify this impact, the fashion industry alone creates over 20 percent of the world's global waste water and 10 percent of global carbon emissions. 

The facts alone can come across your screen, but to fully comprehend the reality of this it’s important to dig deeper, formulate your own understanding of the impact, and educate yourself. The reality of the fashion industry is that it is a problem much larger than one person, but at reFIND we believe the following philosophy,

 “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. – Edward Everett Hale

Start small, wherever you can, with what you have, but just start. 

We’ve compiled a list of 5 documentaries that will help us understand the scope of the fashion industry and become more aware, identify brand transparency and overall be more intentional about what we consume. 

Riverblue

Key Takeaways:

-The fashion industry consumes around 79 billion cubic metres of water per year making it the second largest consumer of water in the world. 
What does this mean?  
-2.7 billion people currently experience water scarcity.
To put that in perspective, it takes 2,700 liters of water to make the average cotton t-shirt and that’s enough drinking water for one person for 900 days 
-Harsh chemicals are poured into some of the world’s most vital waterways that people rely on for survival.
The World Bank has identified 72 toxic chemicals that end up in waterways from textile dyeing.

UDITA


This documentary gives you the real life perspective through a garment workers life leading up to the point of the Tazreen and Rana Plaza Tragedies. Udita focuses on the fight and ongoing battle to demand change from Fast Fashion Brands. 


Before the Flood


This particular documentary features Leonardo Dicaprio traveling around the world to speak with scientists, activists, and world leaders to unveil how our actions are impacting the environment. 

The True Cost

Key Takeaways:

-“The world now consumes a staggering 80 billion pieces of clothing each year.
This is up 400% from two decades ago.”
-“One-in-six people work in the global fashion industry.
A majority of these workers are women earning less than $3 per day.”
-“250,000 Indian cotton farmers have killed themselves in the last 15 years.
Partly as a result of going into debt to buy genetically modified cotton seeds, courtesy of Monsanto.” 

Unravel

This documentary is a look into where your unwanted garments may land, the perspective of the people handling the unwanted clothing, and how it can be recycled and transformed into yarn.
“Every single year 100,000 tonnes of discarded clothing travel from Western countries to be recycled in Panipat.”

At reFIND we truly believe that together we can move the needle forward to create a positive change in the fashion industry. The more we learn and can understand the impact our consumer behaviours and way of life impact people, planet and ourselves, the more we can do to demand for the fashion industry to acknowledge its negative impact and implement change. 

We hope you gain value from these documentaries and share them with friends and family as to spread awareness for the reality of the fashion industry. 

With love,

The reFIND Team


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