I am a consumer of a lot of information (and a creator of a lot of content myself…!)
Books, magazines, newspapers, slideshows, trending hashtags, podcasts – you name it, I’m all over it.
I have a new favourite thing now just to add to the crazy busy-ness of my life: watching films.
Not the Hollywood blockbuster kind, I’m talking the short online shareable kind, preferably inspirational, or educational, or both.
I spend a few hours each month watching Ted talks (Jill Bolte Taylor’s Ted talk is my all-time favourite) so it was only a matter of time before I was compelled to search for inspiring ethical fashion videos.
I didn’t find many to be honest and those I found were pretty shoddy and poorly created.
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But there were some hidden gems on the back pages of my Google and YouTube searches.
So here are four ethical fashion videos online that have found informative (and inspiring and/or funny):
1. The Business of Fast Fashion
A cool two-minute video by OnlineMBA.com that explains fast fashion and the environmental concerns associated with the industry. It succinctly explains why sustainable fashion is the answer.
2. Detox: How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion
Possibly one of the best sustainable fashion campaign videos ever produced, it is without a doubt a favourite. Produced by Greenpeace, this particular ethical fashion campaign has been running since 2008 but the video has been around since 2013. It explores the environmental and social impacts of cheap fashion. I’ve watched this countless times and it still moves me to action. Highly recommended.
3. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Through humour, John Oliver explores the issues of cheap fashion and the use of sweatshops and labour exploitation in his talk show program. Here are just two videos I was able to access on YouTube. I had heard about the rave reviews about this from international friends but after unsuccessful attempts to access the full video, I have concluded that there must be restricted viewing in this country (Australia). You get the gist though if you watch the video below.
4. Fast Fashion: Sweatshops
Produced by Australia’s SBS TV channel, this is a five-minute video that reports on how fast fashion has forever changed the fashion landscape. It features an interview with ethical fashion advocate and Guardian journalist Lucy Siegle (who in my opinion has written one of the best books on this subject entitled “To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?”) explores why fast fashion is inherently unsustainable and showcases brands that are the worst offenders.
So for those of you who took the time to watch them, what did you think? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment. Or if there’s an online video that you think is worth watching, make sure to let us know!
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