“The True Cost,” an eye-opening documentary that examines the business of fast fashion, scrutinizes the process every step of the way—from the overworked, underpaid factory workers in Bangladesh, to the American consumers who view cheap apparel as a disposable item, all the way through to the after effects of pollution in developing countries.
Aside from the low pay, the film shows how factory workers are confronted each day with a hot and chemical-ridden work environment. Many of the buildings are also structurally unsound. Prior to the collapse at the eight-story factory in Bangladesh, workers were required to enter the building despite reporting cracks in the walls.
According to the film, the three worst disasters in the history of the global fashion industry happened within the same year, killing more than 1,500 people.
Maybe next time you’ll think twice before buying that $3 T-shirt.