Throughout my time writing about sustainable fashions, I’ve seen the industry steadily evolve to give shoppers more ethically-made, high fashion looks without compromising on responsibility to the environment and their customers. From grassroots organizations to company leaders, individuals are working tirelessly to change the clothing manufacturing and retail processes. And now filmmakers are using their talents to strengthen the movement!
Marci Zaroff, a founder, pioneer and designer of eco-fashion styles, and director Michelle Vey have partnered to give audiences an in-depth look into how their favorite garments are created and the impact their purchasing choices have on future generations in their documentary Thread. The film, which is scheduled to be in theaters next year, exposes the ugly truths of the “fast-fashion” industry, including the use of toxic chemicals to dye clothing, overconsumption, and waste of resources. Furthermore, the trailer (below) is a glimpse into the producers’ intended message: the true cost of fashion is not what is listed on the price tag; rather, it’s the affects it has on the environment, consumers’ health and communities around the world.
The other day I read a quote by Margaret Mead, a well-known author and anthropologist of the 1950s-60s, that’s relevant to this cause: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” With that being said, it’s important we all join with those striving to make the fashion world more accountable for the resources they take from the environment, safety of workers and health of consumers. Get updates about Thread’s release date in theaters near you by checking out their Facebook, Twittter and other social media pages.