5 Must-See Ethical Fashion Documentaries
Let’s face it, it’s winter, it’s cold, and we aren’t motivated to do much of anything unless it resides within the four walls of our homes. So to help you to survive the winter blues we’ve compiled the ultimate Netflix & Chill guide (ok some are not on the ‘Flix) for ethical fashion. Learn some facts, get inspired, and most importantly stay warm.
1 | The True Cost
Most of you may have seen this one by now as it’s probably the most popular, but maybe consider rewatching if it’s been a while. It brings up some poignant facts about our industry that we could really benefit from learning, retaining, and working to fix. Like the small fact that fashion is the 2nd largest polluter of the planet, next to the oil industry? Yikes! Or even better, that it’s the LARGEST labored industry on the planet which means standing up for change in our industry actually does affect people AND planet.
2 | The Next Black
A shorter documentary on the future of fashion exploring various sides of the industry and exploring ways they are going. Get inspired, get creative, go make some change.
3 | Thread
Amber Valetta digs into the implications of fast fashion and it’s social and environmental impact. Know the facts but believe in the future.
4 | Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion
Prep the tissue box for this one. This doc team sends 3 young Norwegian fashion bloggers into the heart of Cambodia’s factory life. Our biggest concern is it is driven on very high emotion with no outlet to allow viewers to take action. Additionally, it is from the perspective of three young teenagers who have no experience working in fashion or an awareness of what is a respectful job outside of the white collar world. Although the film highlights important issues that need to be addressed like the livelihood the factory job provides (or doesn’t provide) for it’s workers, however we feel it’s important to note that not all factory jobs are bad, just like we would assume a factory job here in America would be, and having spent ample time in multiple developing countries ourselves we can say there are many times you feel uncomfortable in that culture but it doesn’t give us the right to judge them or develop a saviour complex because of it. It’s one of the hardest soul checks you get when traveling in these areas.
5 | Poverty Inc
Although not specifically related to fashion, this is one of our favorite documentaries because it really makes you think. This beauty on Amazon Prime digs into the very taboo question of how much are non-profits actually helping people or are they just sustaining a poverty industry? This is the main reason why at THR3EFOLD we do not believe in handouts but only in hand-ups. We provide paths for people through valued work where they can provide a life for themselves, their family, and their future. You must always think holistically when trying to change the world.
For a bonus, if you’re feeling depressed AF by these seemingly insurmountable problems after watching these docs take a breather and be inspired by The Letters which depicts the life of Mother Teresa and proves exactly how impactful one person can be when living on purpose and with a heart to help others.
To begin making a difference, email us to get started with a simple conversation on your collection’s manufacturing needs and how we can connect you to an ethical factory that’s changing lives around the world.
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