Tuesday, August 4, 2015

THE TRUE COST




I couldn't watch this entire documentary in one sitting. I felt ill after the first 20 minutes. The next day, I watched another 40 minutes and felt even more ill than I had the day prior. On the third day, I finished the film. 

I honestly don't know what to do now. The arguments on human rights issues alone have never been enough to get me to change my behavior. But now the arguments for the environmental impacts have made me seriously reconsider my behavior. 

I need some time to figure out how I can be a good blogger. In the mean time, please watch The True Cost (available on Netflix) and share your thoughts with me. How can we find satisfaction and happiness in something that doesn't compromise the welfare of people and the land? How can we be better?

8 comments:

  1. I will have to add this to my netflix que

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  2. I'll watch it too. It seems like one of those scary things that just must be watched.

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  3. Ugh, I think I prefer stubborn ignorance on the subject. Much like that John Oliver clip you shared awhile ago, it's terrible, but I don't know what to do about it. It just feels like what I do or don't do won't make a difference, so why bother. I'm making assumptions, since I haven't watched this yet. I'll probably add it to my list, but who knows when I will find the time. Thanks for making me think (even though I don't always like it). :-)

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  4. Oh thank you so much for sharing this! I have been thinking about this topic for a long time and I also made a few posts about my thoughts on topics like consumerism... I did not watch the documentary but a few others. Can I ask you to watch cowspiracy? This is another really good documentary which made me change my entire behaviour...
    I would love to know how you are going to continue and I would be really happy if you share your thoughts with me and with us here on the blog! I am definetly by your side :)
    xx
    Larisa

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  5. I agree with Andi. I tend to just stay ignorant to these facts when it seems like they affect everything we purchase, and commonly too. I'll add this to my queue.

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  6. I'm so glad that you posted this documentary, Kate. I've seen bits and pieces of it, but not the whole thing. The ugly underbelly of the fashion industry is something I have been learning about a lot over time, and it honestly disgusts me. I've been doing a lot of research about how to be a more ethical consumer (which I've talked about a little on my blog after my shopping hiatus), and I've found some helpful things. There's a great ethical shopping guide (http://theartofsimple.net/shopping/) that I've been using to help me decide where to purchase things new. Otherwise, I've just been thrifting (I'm also sometimes choosy about where I thrift - I don't support the Salvation Army due to their anti-LGBT stances, for example). Once you learn more about some of these things, it's really hard to ignore it, at least in my opinion. It can be really difficult to change our habits, but my belief is that it's worth it to make those changes. Thank you for sharing this on your blog and opening up the conversation.

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  7. Hi Kate. I watched this a month or two ago. I wrote about it on my blog as well. You can check out my post for more details on my thoughts and how I've been responding to it. It's not a perfect solution but I think small changes from each of us has a big impact. Thanks for sharing! http://www.fashionablyemployed.com/like-my-outfit-shop-your-closet/

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  8. Also, check out the Get Redressed Campaign. You might like this: http://redress.com.hk

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