What I’m Watching: The True Cost

“This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.” 

The True Cost

While scrolling through Netflix hoping to stumble upon a sappy romantic comedy, I instead found The True Cost. The documentary follows the lifecycle of clothing; from its earliest stages in cotton farming to the sweatshops in Bangladesh to fashion designers who create for the runway. So I do not spoil the film, I won’t divulge all the details, but I did find a few statistics quite eye-opening. For example, 1 in 6 people work in the fashion industry in some form, making it the most labor dependent industry in the world. Additionally, the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry, second only to the oil industry. Furthermore, the average American throws away 82 pounds of textile waste each year, producing over 11 million tons of textile waste from the US alone.

Clearly, The True Cost presents several statistics on the detrimental side of the fashion industry. Overall, the documentary is a call to action for all components of the fashion industry. Individuals in the agricultural sector have a responsibility to produce fibers that are non-GMO and use limited pesticides. Factory owners must find a way to employ their workers with fair working conditions and a living  wage. Fashion designers have a responsibility to only outsource production to places where the workers are treated well. Americans, as consumers, must learn to only consume products that we truly need, to reduce excess. All actors in the fashion industry have a responsibility to fix the true cost of the industry that encompasses much of our global society.

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Mary Kate Donahue, 2017.

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Bustle on the BeltLine

Three-day weekends most certainly call for spontaneous adventures. On Saturday morning, three of my friends and I decided to spend the day in Atlanta. We walked around the city, sauntered down the BeltLine and found ourselves at Ponce City Market for some shopping and a bite to eat! Atlanta certainly is a city full of life in many forms. From the art that is displayed around the city, the musicians who play along the BeltLine and the fashion seen in local boutiques and on individual’s bodies, Atlanta brings its own type of flare.

In terms of my fashion for a day in the city, I opted for a casual yet on-trend ensemble. Pairing a basic white v-neck with black distressed jeans, allowed my accessories to shine. I layered on multiple necklaces, added a  statement belt and slipped on my newest favorite pair of shoes- Steve Madden’s ECENTRCQ sneakers. Additionally, I threw all my essentials for the day in my Pixie Mood Black and Grey ‘Rachel’ Tote and let the unique design speak volumes for my outfit.

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Stay cool, ATL.

Cheers to 2017

After celebrating the new year over a week ago and continuing the celebrations for my 20th birthday yesterday, I believe it is time to formally welcome to upcoming year! Between relationships with family and friends, health and fitness and academics, I have several hopes, dreams and ambitions for 2017. Personally, I have grown to despise the term resolutions. In its truest sense, a resolution involves a making a firm decision or solving a problem. Therefore, I have come to realize that I must establish realistic, achievable goals instead of looming resolutions to design a successful year. It may sound cliche, but I do truly believe that 2017 has the possibility of being “my year” if I put in the effort required to achieve my goals. What are your aspirations for the new year?