this friday mtv and a slew of other networks will be airing a documentary that takes a look at the way our clothes are being made and the effects it has on many levels. it’s also the day which, two years earlier a garment factory collapsed in bangladesh killing 1100 and injuring many more. the day from which fashion revolution day was born.
traceable explores our connection to the communities impacted by the products we consume.
the documentary is called traceable and comments on the current fast fashion trend that has us overtaken, as well as follows designer laura seigel, toronto-native and parsons-educated, as she travels through india to source and produce her clothing line with a desire for transparency in her methods.
it’s a project close to me in that one, it was spearheaded, written and directed by my friend and classmate from ryerson, jennifer sharpe. honestly, i’m so proud of this major accomplishment of hers and i haven’t even seen it. the topic alone is worthy of applause as it was something that troubled her and caused her to speak up. #fightforwhatsright. right? she was actually in the middle of filming when the tragedy in bangladesh happened. i’m sure that must have fueled her passion to tell this story even more.
and two, the last few years or so i have not been really been able to turn off the inner voice in my head that keeps saying the cheap price, quick turnaround and abundance of clothes must come at a cost.
i know it does.
correction… we know it does.
there are environmental effects rooted from all the processes, the human effect stemmed from poor labour and working conditions, and the heart and soul effects that is the result of mass consumerism and the wanting of so much stuff.
i’m trying to make more of an effort to consume consciously.
and don’t get me wrong, i still buy things and fall prey to my old ways. old habits die hard, is what they say.
especially when it comes to growing kids, and their tiny clothes that they outgrow every six months or so. but im trying to make more of an effort to consume consciously.
ignorance is bliss for only a short while. we can’t keep the blinder on forever. there’s an accountability and a responsibility that each and very one of us consumers has to take for our fellow humans and earth. (yes. its earth day today. so do it for mama earth!)
listen, i know it’s not the popular thing to say, and its way less fun than that $20 jacket on sale for $7.99, but it’s a really important issue at hand. so save the date and give it a watch. i’ll be on a much-needed and long overdue date with the mister that night, but you can bet your last buck that i’ll be pvr’ing it and taking it in as soon as i possibly can.
watch traceable on mtv, bravo, m3 and e! at 8pm, this friday april 24th.
meet me online to talk about it, ok? oh, and check out this article on jenn and her film, connect with her on facebook and turn your clothes inside out this friday and ask #whomademyclothes? together we can make some headway and be heard.
photo credit / 1+2 : traceable documentary, 3 : fashionrevolution.org
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