One of the first steps towards making the change from fast fashion to slow fashion (ethical and sustainable fashion) is to educate yourself on the fashion industry. As always I recommend watching The True Cost (available on Netflix) as a great starting place. However, this is a full-length documentary which we don’t always have time for ( if you do have more time see my 5 fashion documentaries to watch). This is where Youtube comes in, its short shareable videos are perfect for finding a little inspiration or education when you have a few minutes to spare.
Just as there are some incredible videos on Youtube, there are also a lot out there that aren’t worth your time. I’ve pulled together 5 of my favourite short videos on ethical and sustainable fashion to inspire and educate you. Quick warning that some of these videos will make you angry!
The Business of Fast Fashion
This 2-minute video explains everything that is wrong with fast fashion and why sustainable is the answer.
Fast Fashion: Sweatshops I feed
This 5-minute video looks at how fast fashion has changed the fashion landscape and its harmful impact on people and the environment and explores why fast fashion is unsustainable. It features an interview with Lucy Siegle a leading ethical fashion advocate (her book To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out The World, is one of the best books on sustainable fashion I’ve read)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Fashion
This 17-minute video is a humorous take on fast fashion and its harmful impact. John’s rant says exactly what we’re all thinking about the fast fashion industry.
Detox: How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion
This 4-minute video explores the environmental and social impacts of fast fashion and looks at how people can come together to change the industry.
The Shirt on Your Back
This is a really cool interactive documentary with a mix of reading and watching, it should take around 20-30 minutes depending on your reading spend. The documentary follows the story of a garment at Rana Plaza. Look out for the comparison between what a garment worker earns and how much the UK fashion industry earns in the time it takes you to watch.
To watch the documentary click here (there is no Youtube video for this one)