Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Wake Up Call

Before we jump into the post, let's take it back to 2008 with this music video.

Did you watch it!?

Every time I hear the words"wake up call," I automatically think of this song. It's a classic example of something that is so bad that it's good. I mean, it has everything you could possibly want in a music video: Hayden Panettiere rapping, Sebastian Stan being Sebastian Stan, and Hayden putting on a wig to find out if her man is cheating on her -which is what you had to do back in 2008! Now you just have to find a Mr. Robot-type to hack his phone, and where is the fun in all of that!?

Now on with the post!

After having The True Cost on my watch list for a while, I finally sat down last week and watched it. The documentary focuses on the fashion industry, specifically on fast fashion (or trendy items). Forever 21, H&M, and Zara are just a few examples of places that carry fast fashion. While the film talks about people buying into consumerism, it also sheds light on the garment workers, sweatshops, and the environment. 

There were a few moments in the film that gave me a wake-up call. I thought I would share them with you.

1. One of the major events the film focuses on is the collapse of the Savar building in Dhaka, Bangladesh where 1,129 people were killed. What horrified me was the fact that the owners saw the cracks in the walls but made the people continue working.

2. From all the clothes that are donated, about 10% are sold in thrift stores and the rest are sent to developing countries. While this doesn't seem like a bad thing, in some developing countries their clothing industry has disappeared because of this.

3. Today we purchase over 80 billion pieces of clothing each year! That is an insane amount.

Have you seen the documentary? What are your thoughts about it?
The film didn't offer too many solutions to the problems at hand, what steps do you think people should take to help with the problems addressed?

I'd love to hear your thoughts down below.

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