If you are enjoying or about to enjoy your summer vacations, don’t miss your chance to get your hands on this amazing new drop. These scarves are digitally printed with a one-of-a-kind design from the one and only Vino Supraja.
They are done in the softest organic cotton and handloom in India with lots of love and a fair salary behind those weaving hands.
These scarves are the perfect gift and it is not only because they are super cute. There is another reason. Let me tell you why. They come in a pretty box that is also very practical. It is kind of a drawer box that will serve as a perfect package- you basically just need to add a ribbon- and also as the perfect way to keep your scarf folded when not in use.
THE LAST BAGS
And just in case you missed the previous drop. We still have one unit of each of these upcycled bags. These bags are good for every occasion and will be your best companions to go to the office, meet friends, or hopping on a plane to discover a new city or country. Trust me! I know a thing or two about bags.
They are made using leftover fabrics from Vino’s previous collections so they are pretty unique. There is one available for each of the prints. They have pockets and compartments and a broad strap to go over your shoulder in a very comfortable way. The best bag ever!
If you are interested in any of these amazing products that respect People & Planet, you know what to do! Run fast as they will soon be gone!
Sustainability has become a major topic in the last couple of years especially when Covid-19 hit and we realized how connected we are all. Companies are realizing that people care more about the environment and are acting on the demands of their customers. The fashion industry is said to be the second most polluting industry in the world and is an accelerator of climate change. Today we want to share what is slow fashion and why it is so important. At the end of the day, it is one of our beloved 3S’s or core values.
What is Slow fashion?
Slow fashion is not really a new concept. Actually, fashion used to be always “slow” before. Slow fashion is having now a big comeback and we hope it stays this time as it has many benefits. Not only for the environment but also for the people behind the clothes. The ateliers or small factories are producing clothing in smaller batches and they are normally of high-quality materials and careful manufacture.
Easily explained, slow fashion is the exact opposite of fast fashion. Fast fashion is based on the fast production of big amounts of clothing, normally at very low prices. The items are normally of low quality. Some are so badly done that after you wash them twice are not good to be worn ever again. The materials are mostly cheap fabrics with some cheap (and harmful) chemicals as dyes. In addition, the garment workers tend to make low wages and work in an unsafe environment. In this industry, it is also sadly common that the workers are not even adults.
Why is Slow fashion important?
Consumerism is reaching heights that are dangerous. The Earth is not able to produce at the rate we are consuming. We are basically depleting the natural resources, and with it, changing our climate… but guess what happens if we finish up our planet’s resources… We are doomed. Fast fashion brands need to change their business model and slow down their production levels. Will they be able to rise to the occasion? Will we be able to stop the crazy consumption and start buying only what we need?
Too many questions, we wish we knew the answers. But in the meantime, there is a new kind of consumer. One that cares for the process, looks for quality and understands what is behind their purchase. One that prefers to know the price paid is being used to pay fair trade wages or quality fabric rather than marketing campaigns. A consumer that uses fashion to really express their individuality instead of going with the “uniform” all big fashion brands want her to buy. If that is you, welcome home.
Slow Fashion Versus Fast Fashion
Slow Fashion and Sustainability
One of the major differences between fast fashion and slow fashion is when it comes to the amount of waste generated. In economics, we learn the dance between offer and demand. Fast fashion brands create tons of clothes and with their big marketing budgets create the need in the society to keep on buying, whether we need it or not. A new print, a new silhouette, with sleeves, with shoulder pads… They have perfected the art of newness and we got addicted without noticing the consequences. But, do you ever think what happens to whatever is not sold?
Slow fashion brands, same as the rest of businesses dance the offer and demand dance, but the difference is that they create a design, produce a small batch, and see how the market reacts. Does it sell? Then, they do more. If it doesn’t sell, the waste is still minimum. It allows to really meet what the client wants in terms of design, fit, and also fabric as the batches are smaller and the iterations not so costly. As consumers, we get to enjoy better garments, unique designs, and the special connection as we know who is behind and what makes that piece so special.
The social aspect of the industry is another of the biggest differences between the slow and fast fashion. Slow fashion workers are normally working in small ateliers and family factories. Having a personal relationship with the owners and designers made them team members. They tend to get paid a living wage and work in a safe and clean environment. They are being able to feed their kids and send them to school. A living wage allows workers to save up some money for their future and still be able to afford a good life while supporting other family members. The factory is paying for overtime, weekends, or holidays and they work regular hours. This is called ethical fashion, and it is a key aspect of the kind of fashion we strive to enjoy. So we also need to consider it when buying from a specific brand.
Slow fashion invites us also to look at our shopping habits and question whether we truly need the item. Social media is influencing our purchases and many times we don’t need anything at all. It is all about purchasing one high-quality product rather than 5 low-quality items you will throw out or wear once. We call it investment pieces.
Do slow fashion items last longer?
Items from my grandmother and even my mother when she was young are still in pristine shape. I can not say the same from the items I bought some years ago out of fast fashion brands. Why? Have you ever heard of planned obsolescence? Before we used this term only for the mechanical, automotive, and technology sectors. Now, fashion is also part of that game. If stitching is not good, if the materials are not great, the piece will not stand the washing and wearing. And so, eventually will not be good to be worn. Now, you need to buy a new piece, and here we go again.
This is easy math, high quality = longer-lasting item. Slow fashion items are long-lasting so you can wear them as long as your heart desires. In the end, it is cheaper to purchase a more expensive item. It is a win-win for you and the environment.
The ultimate form of slow fashion is handmade, artisanal pieces. Pieces with embroideries, handpainted, unique patterns… The artisans and craftspeople know the effort behind each piece, the number of hours to get it perfect.
For them, creation is the result of love, patience, and skills many times passed from one generation to the next. By supporting their work, we are supporting those traditions and techniques acquired as part of our own human development. They are inherently part of our heritage. It can not – and it should not – be lost to the clumsy copycats from the big factories.
We should cherish our history, learn the stories and wisdom from our ancestors and make sure we preserve all this knowledge. They are the building blocks of who we are, our identity, and our values.
There is also what we call the Ultra Slow Fashion that is basically made-to-order items. Done to the specific size and requirements of the client in particular. Like in the old good days with the tailors and seamstresses.
Slow Living is the future
Slow fashion is also part of the Slow Living movement. A slow lifestyle means we care to reconnect with what is really important. The Slow Living philosophy encourages a slower approach to aspects of everyday life, not only food but also fashion, money, and cities. When it comes to food, slow-cooked meals with carefully selected ingredients and that traditional taste. Do you remember your grandma’s cooking? No restaurant or fast food can beat the taste and nutrition of those meals.
To understand the pillars of Slow Living, we take the word SLOW as an acronym. There the S means Sustainable, L stands for Local, O for Organic, and W for wholesome or not processed. Slow living could be a solution to avoid the negative consequences of the fast-paced, mindless, materialistic lifestyle. At the end of the day, we all want to enjoy life and be more aware of what we are living in the present.
The 3 Beneficiaries of Slow Fashion
People, profit, and the planet, also called the Tripple Botton Line, are the three P’s that companies should use to evaluate companies’ real value. Normally, profit is the only value investors seem to care about. The 3 P’s want brands to look at the social and environmental aspects equally as they do when it comes to profit. It considers the workers and ensures aspects such as living wage, safe working environment, no discrimination, and many more.
Since companies need to generate profit and revenues, the brands need to have a positive impact on the economy. Slow fashion brands look at creating employment, paying taxes, cost savings, or governance policies. Lastly, when it comes to the planet, companies use natural resources and minimize the environmental footprint. Trying to create a positive impact on the environment, they use natural dyes and do not pollute rivers, fight deforestation, use renewable energy and water, etc.
Do slow fashion items need to be made out of natural materials?
Not necessarily. Their negative impact is less by meeting the real demand than big fast fashion brands churning tons of clothes even if organic. Of course, we love Slow fashion items made of natural and organic materials. They just go so well together!
Some of the best materials are organic cotton, hemp, linen, or bamboo. There are materials coming out of fruit or waste such as Piñatex (pineapple leaves), Vegea (Wine leather), Orange peel (made out of citrus by-products), or Eco Vero (wood pulp). Others are recycled like Econyl (regenerated nylon made out of ocean and landfill waste).
These materials have incredible benefits such as hemp being a carbon-negative raw material or bamboo naturally having UV protection, being hypoallergenic, and incredibly soft.
When the product is at the end of its life, we want you to mend it, upcycle it, recycle it, reuse it, or resell it. That is circularity applied to fashion and it’s very much needed at this stage. We need to slow down the rhythm of production and enter into a circular model, where nothing or almost nothing goes to waste. The point is that it should not end in the landfill as it is an unnecessary waste of resources and it is bad for the environment. Recycle them or use the shops and apps where you can donate or resell them.
Slow fashion is easy, convenient, and essentially cheaper since your high-quality product will last years. Quality of materials, close attention to detail from the artisan or designer, and good stitching make that possible.
Where to buy slow fashion?
Slow fashion has incredible environmental benefits and it is also good for your wallet. In Goshopia you can purchase by value and support independent fashion designs and brands that are doing slow fashion. All our products are curated and selected based on our 3 S’s: Slow, Sustainable, and Socially Responsible.
Sustainable fashion is a movement that started back in 1962 with the publication of the book Silent Spring by Rachel Louise Carson. She was not a fashion icon but rather a scientist, a marine biologist, and a conservationist. She raised her concerns on how the chemicals and pesticides used in agriculture were affecting the environment. Her writings helped advance the global environmental movement. At that time, it was a more generic approach. But the Rio Earth Summit happened and fashion, textiles and their wasteful ways started to be displayed as “green issues”.
Some took the lead and started working towards a more sustainable fashion industry from different perspectives. These are some of the voices we admire, follow, and read because their words and their actions create change. At least within us.
OUR TOP SUSTAINABLE FASHION VOICES
Sass Brown was the founding Dean of the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation. She is an amazing researcher, writer, and educator. Brown set up herself as a designer with her own signature collection. Ethical fashion is her area of expertise. A pioneer and die-hard fashionista, she has distributed papers and spoken extensively about sustainable fashion, she has filled in as a sustainable designer counselor to women’s cooperatives, educational institutions, etc.. all this, when no one spoke about sustainable or ethical fashion.
She wrote two books that are the Bibles of Sustainable Fashion: Eco Fashion and Refashioned. In Dubai, we miss very much her energy and enthusiasm to shift things and push boundaries. As she came to give shape and launch an iconic educational institution: DiDi.
Simone Cipriani is the founder and Head of the Ethical Fashion Initiative (ETI), which is part of a joint agency of the United Nations and the WTO. In 2013, Simone Cipriani was included in Business of Fashion’s list of 500 People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry.
The Ethical Fashion Initiative goes about as a bridge, connecting underestimated craftsmen with top designers like Stella McCartney or Vivienne Westwood. According to their website,” is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions, and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe. Our vision is a world where all workers are free from exploitation and discrimination, and enjoy conditions of freedom, security, and equity.”
Their mission is to move in the direction of the sustainable development goals and make a huge impact on the networks in which they work. ETI wants to bring pride to the lives of the people who make your garments. Today, through his work at the Ethical Fashion Initiative, Simone Cipriani has turned into a key representative at the front line of the worldwide development for ethical supply chains in the fashion industry.
Safia Minney is a social entrepreneur and author. You might remember her from The True Cost. This inspiring lady is the founder of People Tree, much more than just a gorgeous fashion brand. Fair trade, fair wages, good working conditions, transparency, environmental best practices, gender equality… All this is at the very core of People Tree and that is why it sets a standard for conventional fashion companies wanting to improve their supply chains.
Additionally, Safia is a keynote speaker, a consultant on everything sustainable, and a campaigner on fair trade and ethical fashion. She initiated World Fair Trade Day in 1999. She also wrote and co-authored a couple of books. Naked Fashion, The Sustainable Fashion Revolution, Slow Fashion, Aesthetics meets Ethics and Slave to Fashion.
Livia Firth is the founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age, a consultancy that empowers organizations to accomplish development by adding value through sustainability. She is also the organizer of the Green Carpet Challenge. Don´t know what is that? You might have seen celebrities wearing beautiful pieces that were sustainable. Yep! Caring is not at odds with being stylish. We need to break the stereotype that sustainable fashion is not “fashionable”. Is it familiar? Pretty much as what we intend to do with Goshopia with our 4th S. From her position, she helps raise awareness and funding to important causes. For example, she founded together with Annie Lennox The Circle. An organization where women support women and we fight together for our rights and our growth. She also produced The True Cost. One movie we will never stop recommending.
She is also Oxfam Global Ambassador, UN Leader of Change, awarded the Rainforest Alliance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability and the Honorary Award of the National German Sustainability Foundation. Now we can read her articles in Vogue Arabia as she is Sustainability Editor at large. Yey!
Elizabeth L. Cline
Elizabeth L. Cline is a New York-based author, writer, and expert on consumer culture, fast fashion, sustainability and work rights. She runs an effective online clothing resale business on eBay and Poshmark. She has widely examined the clothing waste stream in both New York City and Nairobi, Kenya. Her first book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion uncovered the effects of fast fashion on nature, economy, and society. It was really eye-opening! In her second book The Conscious Closet: A Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good Cline talks about new research on fashion’s effects and demonstrates how we can use our ordinary fashion decisions to change the clothing business and improve the world. Inspiring and powerful!
Javier Goyeneche is the founder of ECOALF, launched in 2013. The Spanish fashion brand turns disposed fishing nets, plastic bottles, and coffee into garments. This company has developed consistently and now delivers a collection of outerwear, swimwear, casual clothing, shoes, and accessories. They have created more than 98 diverse reused fabrics which are exactly the same to touch as a typical fabric. They fundamentally need 70 bottles to make 1 meter of fabric and 80 bottles to create one jacket. To expand the production and brand image Ecoalf has made coordinated efforts with organizations like Apple, Swatch, and other brands.
Marci Zaroff first the first person who coined and trademarked “Eco fashion” in 1995. She is the founder of the sustainable lifestyle brand Under the Canopy and now Metawear. Her brands deal with women’s clothing, men’s wear, children, home, and accessories. Her mission is to change the fashion business through education, motivation, coordinated effort, and innovation. She wrote a book called “Eco-Renaissance,” which is about co-creating a stylish and sustainable world. This powerhouse also produced Thread and the short film “Driving Fashion Forward with Amber Valletta”.
Marie Claire Daveu
Marie-Claire Daveu is Kering’s chief sustainability official and head of global institutional affairs from 2012. In case the name is not familiar, Kering is a luxury group that holds brands like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton… It translates to LUXURY in big caps. And there, she is in charge of the advancement of Kering’s sustainable strategy and the direction of the Group’s institutional issues. Luxury had constantly started the trends that stream down through the rest of the fashion universe. Marie Claire Daveu hopes that these efforts get seen, appreciated, and replicated not only in our industry but everywhere else. Her initiatives cover also education such as the course Kering is doing together with the Center of Sustainable Fashion and that you can join free.
But let me tell you more about this amazing lady. She has served many Ministers and Councils in France and knows very well the ins and outs of sustainability as her first degree was about Rural Engineering, Water and Forests. She has a deep understanding of the origins of the materials and how to take care of our ecosystems no matter the industry.
Lucy Siegle is an author, journalist, and presenter based in London. From The Observer, Thr Guardian to the BBC´s The One Show she has been sharing her passion for sustainable living and social justice. She has authored and co-authored four books: Green Living in the Urban Jungle (2001), A Good Life (Guardian books, contributing author), To Die For: is fashion wearing out the world? (2011) and Turning the tide on plastic (2018). Together with Livia Firth, she is also one of the executive producers of The True Cost and organizer of the Green Carpet Challenge.
Eva Kruse is the president and CEO of Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) and the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. GFA is the leading authority for industry coordinated effort on sustainability in design. Its central goal is to make sustainability in vogue, guide, and support industry pioneers in changing the manner in which they produce, market, and distribute fashion. Kruse has worked ambitiously to push this motivation globally. She was also part of the media, as editor-in-chief of Eurowoman and as a TV presenter on the Danish broadcasting networks TV2 and TV3.
In 2013, Kruse gave a TEDx Talk on the topic “Changing the world through fashion” in which she advocated all of us, that not only companies and politicians, should be at the forefront of sustainability efforts. It is very inspiring! Check it out here.
Andrew Morgan is a universally recognized award-winning movie director and producer focused on sharing stories for a better tomorrow. With The True Cost, he was awarded a Sustainability in Film Award. This docu movie that we love so much talks about aspects of the clothing industry from production to its after-effects. Water and soil contamination, pesticide pollution, disease, poverty, and death. The True Cost uncovered the global fashion industry’s dark side. Morgan was attracted to these themes. So, he began the undertaking and made a trip to thirteen nations to gather information and conduct interviews. The results are Wow!
Vincent Vittorio is one of the Co-Executive Producers of The True Cost. He is also the founder of Life Is My Movie Entertainment. It is a documentary studio creating, delivering, obtaining, and circulating captivating non-fictional films. He and his group trust in the positive impact a movie can have on society and we couldn’t agree more with them. Check his latest movie called The New Breed about social entrepreneurs and conscious capitalism.
Amy Ann Cadwell
Amy Ann Cadwell is CEO and Co-Founder of The Good Trade, a digital media and lifestyle brand covering sustainable fashion, wellbeing, money, and lifestyle. She wanted to create and utilized that enthusiasm for her passion for sustainable development. The True Cost showed her the dull underbelly of fast fashion, and it indicted her to use her graduate work in the direction of solving labor issues and advancing sustainability in the fashion business.
Of course, within this list of sustainable fashion voices, we had to include the founders of Fashion Revolution and Remake. Two organizations that we are active in and we feel deeply grateful for. They helped us open our eyes to the ugly truth of fast fashion and make us feel part of a community of people believing that fashion can be a force for good.
The lovely founder of Remake, of which we are proud ambassadors, is a social entrepreneur with a passion for building sustainable supply chains that respect people and our planet. She has been promoting social justice and sustainability within the fashion industry for over a decade already. And decided to start Remake to ignite a conscious consumer movement. Ayesha is passionate about where things come from, who made them, and what their lives are like. She has worked with brands, governments, and labor advocates to improve the lives of the women who make our clothes. As ambassadors of Remake, we have done some gorgeous events and will continue doing more when life goes back to a new normal.
Orsola de Castro
Orsola de Castro is an internationally recognized opinion leader in sustainable fashion. Her career started as a designer with the pioneering upcycling label From Somewhere, which she launched in 1997 until 2014.
Her designer collaborations include collections for Jigsaw, Tesco, Speedo, and 4 best selling capsule collections for Topshop from 2012 to 2014. In 2006, she co-founded the British Fashion Council initiative Estethica at London Fashion Week, which she curated until 2014.
In 2013, with Carry Somers, she founded Fashion Revolution, a global campaign with participation in over 100 countries around the world. Orsola is a regular keynote speaker and mentor, Associate Lecturer at UAL, as well as Central Saint Martins Visiting Fellow.
Carry Somers was inspired to act after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 and founded Fashion Revolution. For the previous 20 years, Carry’s fashion brand Pachacuti- gorgeous Panama hats!- had pioneered radical supply chain transparency, mapping the GPS coordinates of each stage of the production process, from the community plantations where the straw grows, through to each Panama hat weaver’s house. Championing the traditions, quality, and craftsmanship of the Andes, her collections were at the most important fashion weeks and sold in some of the world’s most luxurious stores. Carry has contributed to several books and publications, won numerous awards for her work, and met the Queen in recognition of her significant contribution to British business.
She had to be part of our list of favorite Sustainable Fashion Voices. Clare is the host and founder of the Wardrobe Crisis podcast in 2017, a podcast we love and follow. A Sydney-based, British journalist, author, and activist. In 2018, she became the first-ever VOGUE Sustainability Editor – a pioneering role in international media.
Clare is a Global Ambassador for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative and is part of the Fashion Roundtable team in the UK. She has been a member of the Australian advisory board of Fashion Revolution since 2014. She sits on Copenhagen Fashion Week’s Sustainability Advisory Board and is one of Global Fashion Agenda’s Content Experts. In 2019, she was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence and won the Green Globe Sustainability Champion Award.
Founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign and working together with the United Nations Office for Partnerships. She puts together events that drive impact to important causes. In her own words “we are facing important global challenges, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace, and justice. We know the fashion industry heavily impacts on most, if not all of these challenges. So, the potential for change when you engage the fashion industry is exponential. If we work together to shape the future of fashion, we will create dynamic impact, innovative lasting change, and deliver on our core mission to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality and make the next decade the most impactful yet.”
She started interning with People Tree in London. From that point on, she knew the only world she wanted to live in was one where she could embrace her style without sacrificing her values. We feel you Kestrel! This is why we started Goshopia too!
Kestrel is a storyteller & conscious style maven who believes fashion + ethics can jive, and maybe even thrive together. For over a decade, she’s been enthralled with asking questions about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who made them. Her podcast Conscious Chatter is fantastic!
Dr. Christina Dean is the Founder and CEO of Redress, an NGO with a mission to promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry. Christina is a regular speaker at seminars. She was listed by U.S. online magazine Coco Eco as one of ‘2010s Most Influential Women in Green’ and by U.K. Vogue as one of the U.K.’s ‘Top 30 Inspirational Women’. Prior to founding Redress, Christina was a journalist and a practicing dental surgeon.
I am sure we are forgetting someone because we love the topic and we get information from all over the place. So, no worries because we will keep on updating the list. If you want to nominate someone to be part of the list, just send us an email here.
You know we deeply care about sustainable fashion. We are also a pretty visual generation- that is what Google says! So, we have put together a list of more than 20 amazing documentaries and films about sustainable fashion that will help you understand its importance and hopefully embrace it. There is a myriad of ways we can help. You can buy second-hand clothes, you can rent dresses for special occasions, you can buy sustainable clothes such as ours at Goshopia.
Now with all of us quarantined due to Covid-19, we feel there is no better time to share this list. Get yourself some popcorn and get ready to see the ins and outs of our industry. To change something, we need first to understand it.
Out of these sustainable fashion movies, you will see the different dimensions the fashion industry impacts… we can safely speak of 4 dimensions: Economic, Social, Cultural and of course, Environmental. If you want to see many of these movies we have them added to our Understanding Sustainable Fashion Playlist on Youtube. It is about 50 movies and documentaries in the playlist. To access it, just follow us and look for that playlist or check the playlist below.
Truth be told, the fashion industry is not all glamorous. There is a lot of people and work behind each garment. The True Cost dives into the concept and consequences of fast-fashion. Director Andrew Morgan’s inspiration comes from the unfortunate building collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. The incident killed over a thousand workers who were working under extremely dangerous conditions. Furthermore, the documentary compiles interviews from a list of environmentalists, workers, and factory owners, etc. It allowed us to see and understand what is behind all those cheap-priced clothes and the importance to promote sustainable fashion and fair trade.
Filmed in different countries, it showed the connection between the coolest runways and the most terrible slums. The documentary shares the views of the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, Lucy Siegle, and Vandana Shiva. We loved the journey around the world to see first hand the lives of people and places behind our clothes. For us, it is THE movie about sustainable fashion that you can not miss.
The award-winning film RiverBlue is a river journey following an international river conservationist Mark Angelo. It talks about how he uncovered the heights of fashion pollution in the world. RiverBlue focuses on how severe chemical processes and incautious disposal of toxic waste during the production of the classic blue jeans has contributed to the destruction of some significant rivers around the world. This film, in addition, raised public awareness greatly about why sustainable fashion has to be adopted to protect the planet.
Alex James: Slowing down Fast fashion
Alex James who presents this documentary is an English musician- remember Blur?-, songwriter, journalist, and cheesemaker. The film takes a deeper look into the repercussions of fast fashion and exploring ways to really slow it down. It talks about the unwelcome effects of cheap and substandard garments on humans and the environment. It draws attention to workers toiling in sweatshops, irresponsible cloth disposal and heightened pollution. A great film to watch and understand the need for a more sustainable fashion.
It is a documentary film following the life of a teenager laboring in a clothing factory producing blue jeans (in China), under extremely undesirable working conditions. It talks about unfair wages paid to the employees for hours of hard work and elbow grease. China Blue draws attention to sweatshop conditions and the unethical practices that take place in the garment construction industry like how the workers’ pay is cut short for the profit of the company. This film specifically provides a great insight into the happenings in the production place. It was made without permission from the Chinese Government in 2005. It is an ugly truth so many want to keep covered.
A pretty recent documentary from the Deutsche Welle (Nov 2019) shows the insides of the luxury fashion. NOt all the Made in Italy is as great. We have a lot of work to do- also in luxury!
The Next Black: A Film About The Future of Clothing
The Next Black is a documentary film that delves into the future of clothing. It shows the innovativeness of several companies finding solutions to the environmental consequences that the fashion industry creates. The film tackles aspects like clothes consumption patterns, smart clothing and organic, traditional and sustainable methods adapted by the clothing industry to reduce environmental impacts. The Next Black will help you understand and redefine what you want to wear.
Clothes to Die For
Clothes to Die For is a BBC documentary about the infamous Rana Plaza incident. The film moreover revolves around the collapse of the eight storied building. The tragedy left about 2400 people injured and killed over 1100. It was accounted as one of the worst industrial disasters to have ever happened. It talks about the rampant corruption, greedy practices and the little to no care given for the employees. The end gives us a bit of hope. We were happy to see the new factory of some of the Rana Plaza survivors. A cooperative that makes sure the workers are in proper working conditions and shares the profits with them.
The Machinist or Udita (Arise)
The Machinist is a British documentary film that focuses on the personal stories of three female workers of the garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The film further shows scenes from their everyday lives drawing lights to their struggles to fight the unfair practices and illegally low wages. The film best highlights the objectionable human cost of high street fashion. Food for thought and how we could make the workers’ lives a little better.
Well, recycling is also part of being sustainable and this movie reflects how that happens in the Nort of India. Would you think that the clothes produced in South East Asia, sent to Western Countries may come back again to be recycled and turned back into yarn? Well, that is the history behind Reshma at Panipat. The girls at the recycling facility imagine how are the countries and the people those clothes are coming from.
CBC Television journalist, Mark Kelley, and Sujeet Sennik, a former design director for Walmart, investigated the factories that failed safety audits but were still contracted to make clothes for fast-fashion brands. They visited the place where once was Rana Plaza one year after. Super recommended!
A huge problem is actually our consumer habits. We tend to over consume and as we need space for new things, we keep on discarding items. The minimalists showed how they changed their ways and that is possible to live on fewer items. I love the idea, but we need more female minimalists. Guys tend to be more minimalist in my opinion. Watch it on Netflix.
Not a sustainable fashion movie per se, but a reality show. They took some Norwegian shopaholics to Cambodia to see how their clothes were produced. It is a good way to make see, right? This is the shortened version of the show.
This cute shy Japanese lady made us review and observe our closets – and our whole house for that matter- with different eyes. I love the philosophy behind “Buy only what sparks Joy” and “Care for what you own”. There is not only order behind the teachings of this series. Besides, I just love watching everyone else´s mess!
Araceli Gallego, our Founder, is also a proud ambassador of Remake. This organization supports sustainable fashion and women empowerment throughout the fashion industry. They did a documentary showing the reality of the maquilas (or factories) in Mexico. Have a look at it here.
This documentary explores cotton production and how is impacting the life of farmers and the ecosystem. Check the trailer here.
As our motto goes… Another fashion is possible and the time is now! Laura makes it possible and you can too!
In this documentary, we learn about the critical situation the farmers in India are going through. Many are taking their lives. What is causing them to go to these extremes? You will be surprised… or maybe not. It is about time the supply chain includes them too.
Not focused on the fashion industry but an amazing movie to reconsider how we can transition to a greener economy and a better future for our children. Very inspiring, especially now with Coronavirus giving us the chance to sit, and think about what do we want to see in our 2040.
Produced and hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio this documentary talks about climate change in general. It is not specific to fashion but we need to understand that fashion is one of the most pollutant industries in the world. So, hello? There is so much we can do! Check it out in this link.
As fashion and beauty go so much hand in hand, we have added this movie to our list. Released in 2019 and directed by Phyllis Ellis, this is another controversial documentary revealing the back of the house of the cosmetic industry, the lack of regulation and some eye-opening research. Toxic chemicals on cosmetology can bring ovarian cancer, hormone-related issues, breast cancer, infertility… Did you know that they found asbestos in baby powder? Wow! A must watch although be ready for emotional and a bit of fear-mongering.
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The whole Goshopia team is convinced that sustainability is a lifestyle that is here to stay. Therefore, we would like to share our list of must-read books about sustainable fashion we love most. These book authors are researches, educators, activists, directors and overall sustainable fashion passionated souls. Continue reading TOP 25 SUSTAINABLE FASHION BOOKS WE LOVE