The True Cost: Who pays the price for our clothes?

The True Cost: Who pays the price for our clothes?

A film about abuse to who make our clothing. See Netflix for the documentary film.

the true cost of our clothing film

-throughout history we have shown who we are through what we wear; what we fundamentally wish to communicate about ourselves.

-it’s now about big business interest

-for a long time most of our clothing was made in the USA up till the 1660’s

-today the USA makes 3% of it’s clothes

-1/6 clothes worn in the USA are made in Asia

-in fashion they now have not two seasons a year but about 52 seasons a year so they can pump out more product

-bringing clothes from other countries now the clothes are super fashionable affordable for the commoner

-global market means we get what we want and at so cheep that we don’t care about throwing it out

-there is always someone willing to make it cheeper so workers rights don’t exist in many countries. If they up their costs the buyer goes to someone else.

-something has to give: either the prices rise, or manufacturers cut costs by

-factory leaders ignored a warning to evacuate a building from it being structurally unsafe, cracks being in the building, and it collapsed killing a 1,120 in India. They make about 2$ a day at this garment factory. Twas the “Rana Plaza”. Several others have collapsed killing additional hundreds. Everyone who buys cheep fashionable clothes should take responsibilities for these deaths.

-it’s called “fast fashion” this trend of cheep fashionable clothes

-this is a global world we live in now in the 21st century, yet we ignore each others problems.

-many justify the cost

-sweat shops lead to physical capitol, human capitol. American’s don’t care about others getting very poor working conditions wages, children working.

-people justify sweat shops saying people choose that lifestyle

-the Fair Trade Movement is a champion of this cause

-there are about 40 million garment workers in the world

-one lady age 23 said she earned 10$ a month when she began at the garment shop in Dhaka. She is a leader of a union at her work where they demand a list of certain human rights. In response, they locked the doors with the people inside and 60 staff members attacked the workers

-clothing is the most labor dependent industry in the world

-Texas is the biggest cotton patch int he world. 80% of it is GMO grown. It’s not spot sprayed for weeds, whole fields are sprayed now. Cotton plant we see is being reengineered to keep up with our demands. The land is reconsidered as if it were a factory. Nature heals itself in small pockets, but spraying the entire field, we don’t know what’s going on.

-Monsanto patenting GMO plants trying to get a monopoly on the seed.

-pesticides are an ecological narcotic: the more they are used the more they need it.

-pesticides in India where cotton grows there is much larger cancer and physical handicap and mental handicap.

-in one village near the cotton field there are 60 mentally retarded children.

-those who make the GMO’s are the same who make the pesticides and who make the drugs so it’s win win with them

-250,000 farmer suidices in India the past 16 years; about 1 farmer every 30 minutes and is the largest recorded wave of suicides in history

-studies show that the more people say material values are important to them, the more depressed and anxious they are. That is at odds with the thousands of advertisements we get daily. Advertising is a species of propaganda. We always think of propaganda as a foreign thing but it’s here at home. Advertisers tie the consumption of their product as saying that your needs will be satisfied by buying their product.

-car commercials show success with certain car

-shampoos commercials show a person getting better hair from it, and more love and appreciation from others

-people are getting poorer and poorer because of all this

-the things people need are very expensive like a home and college education, but people can buy clothes for cheep and it’s a way they feel good despite their poverty and not having what they need

-consumptionism: two kinds of products. 1 is things you use a long time; the 2nd is things that you use up like chewing gum and cigarettes. They try to get us to use more of the second type.

-landfill is showing how much we are throwing away clothes

-fashion should never be thought of as a disposable product.

82 lbs of textile waste a year the avg. American throws away each year. It sits in landfills for 200 years or more releasing toxic gases.

-only about 10% of clothing from USA donated to poverty goes to the USA the rest goes to developing 3rd world countries is sold at their shops and makes people who sew not be able to find a job there.

-if you don’t like where clothes come from you don’t have to buy into it.

-the practices of these shops undermine what most people believe is upright

-skin is the largest organ on your body so when you wear GMO and pesticide cotton you ingest what’s on it like eating an apple.

-the communities where the GMO pesticide cotton is grown have the biggest hit for the worse

-the current model is all about the profit, but they ignore the costs of the farmers who don’t have access to education and healthcare, many effects from this.

-the shoes we buy also are from a center in India the effect of the production pollutes the ground gets in their drinking water for them. They often have Jaundice from this. Chromium is in the water it makes digestion problems and leads to Jaundice and several liver etc. cancers.

-fashion today is the most polluting thing on earth second only to oil

-people assume the natural resources we’ve been using are going to be there forever.

-the “cost” of production in the GDP doesn’t take into account all the damage to people.

-greenhouse gas emission costs aren’t taken into account with this.

-many of the garment workers’ children are raised by others and they only get to see them once or twice a year

-the Bangladesh workers get up early work all day that’s all they do. One worker says these clothes are produced “by their blood” and doesn’t want anyone to wear such clothing.

-we should treat the foreign workers with the same respect we would want USA workers to have if we want supplies for foreign workers.

-the jeans are sold for 30 cents each then they’re sold for 20 dollars.

-people make us think we are rich because we can buy many clothes but it’s making us poorer and the owners of the fast fashion are who get richer.

-H & M is one of the largest producers of clothing in Bangladesh and Cambodia they refused to be interviewed for this film.

-Cambodians not protest in the streets for reasonable minimum wages but the police open live round gun fire on them.

-the police have come because workers are demanding a wage of 160 US$/month. They say “the government doesn’t care how poor we are”.

-Cambodian government are desperate for this business so they hold down minimum wages. Since they don’t own the businesses they don’t have consequences of bad business practices which if we saw Walmart etc. doing in front of us we would outrage and boycott their goods.

-these dollars translate into human capital (*just what Cain did: converted life into property.)

-the international companies have battled for and won wars to protect their stuff but the won’t let protections on the humans that make their products. Bills have been submitted to US Congress to stop these things but big businesses step up and stop it.

-major brands seed and chemical companies are growing in

-Richard Walf of Harvard and Yale speaks of the problem being in this system. He says: Economic system of USA has been protected no one could criticize it; capitalism couldn’t be questioned, and without maintenance over 50 years, it’s rotting, wages getting pushed down more and more. (*But I Nate say that greed not capitalism is the issue)

-fashion industry is in Bangladesh because they can get the cheapest workers there

-all companies in Bangladesh care about is getting more money no matter what they have to do to the environment

-a small group of executives and shareholders make the decisions.

-people think that if we become less materialistic our economy would tank. Yes. So we must change they type of economy we have because it comes at a very high price.

-Black Friday does 10 million transactions in the first ten minutes. 15,000 people in the NYC Maceys. People shop like there will never be a chance to get stuff again with money they don’t have for gifts to people they don’t like. (*I say it’s not that buying is bad, again it’s the greed that causes excessive buying and hence bad sweat shops)

-intensity of chemicals and frequency of their use increases and causes brain tumors to 47 year olds from working in it. Men in agricultural industry and the oil fields have brain tumors age 40-50 there are many brain surgeons near by who live off of that industry.

-there is no long term sustainability with the way we are doing things now

-fashion people should be responsible in who they choose to provide their products. Some have begun to do this.

-Martin Luther King Jr. said America needed a revolution of values and not treat people like things for profit.

-if USA wants to spread industry around the world then benefits if it should be given to who do the work

-we need all consumers to be activists asking simple questions about where their clothing comes from and who say it’s not okay for this clothing to come to me at the expense of people dying.

-will we continue to turn a blind eye to the lives of those behind our clothes? Everything we wear was touched by human hands

-see truecostmovie.com

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