Translated with the help of Lucie Battaglia. Thank you Lucie!

“The True Cost” , a recent movie released this year, gives us a complete perspective on today’s clothing industry, how it abuses human rights, and how it abuses our environment. If sustainability or fashion speaks to you, you should watch this 1 h, 33 min documentary. It iscurrently streaming on Netflix. You can rent or buy it on itunes, amazon or vhx facebook @truecostmovie

In this movie, you will learn that:

In the 1960’s, the USA made 95% of its clothes. In 2015, this number sunk to 3%. (It’s roughly the same numbers for Canada.)

The clothing industry is the only industry whose product price has decreased over the last 20 years. Everything else became more expensive.

Garment workers pay the price for cheap clothing by working in horrible conditions, and sometimes lose their lives in the process.


There is a new business model known as fast fashion. It has transformed the way clothing is bought and sold. It makes us consume more garments and throw them away faster.

We buy 40% more clothing than we did 2o years ago.

The average American throws away 82 pounds of clothing a year. We damage the environment and go against human rights to make these clothes, which is a problem that creates another waste pollution problem…

82 pounds

It’s estimated that 1 out of 6 people works in some part of the garment industry, making it the most labor-dependant in the world.

The fashion today is the second most polluting industry in the world, second only to the oil industry.


The harvest of non-organic cotton seriously damages the environment and cotton farmers’ health.


GMO cotton farmers in India are subject to the largest wave of suicide in history.

People living in the third world do not need our second-hand clothes.

As opposed to what advertising suggests, consuming doesn’t make us happy.

You don’t have to buy into it. If we stop buying these clothes, they will stop being made.


About the author Ugo Dutil: I grew up at the ecovillage “La Cite Ecologique” from 1 to 11. I decided to go back and live there when I was 25 years old. I like this way of life that allows us to prioritize human relationships over material possessions. I’ve been working with Respecterre since 2013. Minimalism and responsible consumption, especially in textiles, fascinates me.

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