6 Must-watch Documentaries to Learn about Sustainable Fashion
Whether you’re new to thrifting or you’ve been at it for years, there are always new things to learn about sustainability in the fashion industry. The making of clothes can be pretty harmful to the environment, and we believe it’s important to educate ourselves on the clothes we wear and what we can do to help. That’s why we’re sharing our top six favorite sustainable fashion documentaries with you. We hope you’ll continue to spread the thrifty love and help us to inspire the world to shop #secondhandfirst.
1. The True Cost
The True Cost gives insight into the untold truths of the fashion industry. It’s a story about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact they have around the world. Directed by Andrew Morgan, this groundbreaking documentary answers the long-awaited questions of “who makes my clothes?”, “where do they come from?”, and “who really pays the price for our clothing?” The True Cost invites you on an eye opening journey that will make you think twice about the clothes you buy and wear.
2. The River Blue
The River Blue follows international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, as he dives deeper into the environmental costs of the fashion industry. This documentary explores the destruction of some of the world’s most vital rivers due to the harsh manufacturing processes of clothing. The River Blue aims to incite significant change from the top fashion brands in the market, in hopes of a more sustainable future in fashion.
Every wonder what it’s like to live a completely minimalist lifestyle? Minimalism follows a range of people in their pursuit of living a meaningful life with less. Directed by Matt D’Avella, Minimalism is ranked the #1 indie documentary of 2016. Watch and see what it’s like to live with below your means, and maybe get a few tips to implement into your daily life.
Watch on Netflix & Amazon
4. No Impact Man
No Impact Man presents a typical American family in their attempt to produce zero waste for an entire year. Author Colin Beavman leads his wife and daughter in their journey without electricity, cars, TV, toilet paper, new purchases, etc. It is both emotional and inspiring to watch as this family struggles to alter their entire lifestyle over the course of a year.
In this short 14-minute documentary, you’ll follow the western world’s unwanted clothes on their journey to Northern India, where they’re recycled into yarn. Unravel features Reshma, a woman who works in a textile-recycling factory and shows you the garments’ transformation process. Watch to learn how she imagines western life and culture solely based on the clothes she finds.
Watch on YouTube
6. The Next Black
The Next Black introduces you to the designers, innovators, and leaders aim to shape the future of what we wear. Watch as pioneers from top companies such as Adidas and Patagonia discuss their fresh perspective on the future of the fashion industry. If you want to gain a deeper understanding of the environmental goals for how clothes are produced and cared for, add this documentary to your watch list.
Watch on YouTube
Did you love these docs as much as we do? Share your #1 sustainable living tip in the comments below.