The True Cost

A Shocking documentary, Produced by Livia Firth, the Creative Director of Eco Age and wife of actor, Colin Firth. “The true Cost” shows us the reality of our affordable “fast fashion” and how it affects those who spend their lives making it and what it is really like for them behind the scenes.

This Film lets us into the grittier side of fashion production. Featuring not only the tragic Rana Plaza collapse (2013). The documentary features garment workers from all across Asia. It also interviews US cotton Farmers showing the impact of using chemicals within the growing process, highlighting the health problems which which we know can be avoided by growing cotton organically.

The thing about fast fashion is that with all the high street retailers competing for the best prices, they need to be able to get their factories to make the clothing cheaper and fast as well. The problem here is that although the price of the sale is going down, the cost of production for the factories is not, this has a negative effect of the workers as it means that no matter how hard they work, or how long they work, their rights are ignored and their wage is well below what any one person would need to live on at around $2 a day.

The fashion industry generates 3 trillion dollars a year. So why can’t these people be payed properly? Unfortunately because of the countries these factories are in, a lot of the time factory owners and governments don’t follow many rules on working rights. In “the true cost” video, they speak with a 23 year old mother, who started a union in her factory to try and push for higher wages. Instead of just being faced with a “no”, when these women protested, they were beaten quite severely.

Protests for higher wages took place in Cambodia. But met with police force, riots broke out for 2 days and people were shot and beaten to death by the countries own law enforcement for simply wanting enough money to live on.

The Rana Plaza (Home to clothes factories, a bank and apartments) collapse is possibly one of the biggest structural failure accidents to happen in our generation.

The day before the accident cracks were discovered in the building and the lower floors of the building closed. However, ignoring the warnings to stay out of the building, the garments workers were ordered to continue work as normal the next day, leading to the deaths of 1,130 people and over 2,000 injured.

This kind of neglect wasn’t an uncommon thing. A good deal of garment factories are in rundown buildings, with a limited amount of doors, even bars on the windows and armed guards on the few entrances and exits there are. So clearly, Fire or emergency safety isn’t a main concern to the people running these companies. Hard to believe that some people who work to create maybe your favourite top, don’t even have the minimum safety benefits or rights at work as we do.

We here at Cream & Co, Like Livia Firth and now many other top names, are against this, and we work to make sure that all our bamboo clothing and other products are sourced and made in an ecological and sustainable way. With the garments being made right here in the UK, we are able to visit our factories and keep in close contact with those who run production there, and we are proud to know that these people are safe and have good working conditions.