The other day I received a promotional email from People Tree, an ethical clothing company, which also informed me that there would be a showing of the film in my local area this month, along with a live debate. This sounded so interesting, but typically it is being shown when I'm out of the country on holiday.
As a consequence, I decided to take a look on Netflix, as I'd read of a blogger in the US having watched it on there recently. Sure enough this documentary is now available to watch on Netflix and I would recommend anyone who can to watch this programme. It is shocking, thought provoking, moving, incredibly interesting and inspiring all in one 90 minute programme.
We definitely need more documentaries of this kind, to keep us informed of the reality of the methods used by the huge fashion companies out there, to produce their cheap clothing and the effects they are ultimately having on the lives of individuals, communities and the natural world.
Whilst on the subject of ethical clothing, I have recently been trying to source some of the clothes I do buy, as ethically as I can. I do have the odd lapse and go back to the high street, especially for LB's clothes, as she is much more fashion conscious, but after watching this film I will be making much more effort in this regard. I have purchased a few items over the last 3 months, from ethical companies, mostly items that I will be wearing this winter and I will show them in another post.
I have been pleasantly surprised at what choice is now available, but prices do tend to be higher than a lot of regular high street clothing, so I am being careful to take my time and choose items very carefully.
This approach does at least have the effect of slowing me down in terms of clothing consumption and makes me really think about what I actually need, rather than just want. Having watched this film I am even more convinced that giving my money to ethical companies is definitely the way forward for me from now on.
Some sites I've found so far that are good places to buy ethical clothing include People Tree, Braintree Clothing, Nancy Dee, Komodo, Toms, Beaumont Organics, to name just a few. I'll post more about my efforts towards starting to buy more ethical clothing next month.