Secondhand, Shopping, Sustainable Fashion

So I Finally Watched “The True Cost” Documentary…

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Oh… my… goodness… I’m not quite sure I have ever been so disgusted and saddened by humanity in my entire life. I won’t lie, this documentary was hard to watch, but it is vital to understand just what the fast fashion industry has done to not only the environment but also to humanity.

Many of us are fortunate to be able to afford basic needs as well as indulge in shopping fast fashion brands but at what cost?

“The True Cost” documentary, published in 2015, is about what the fast fashion industry has done to the environment and humanity in a lot of third-world-countries. The documentary reveals in the first fifteen minutes about some of the humanitarian disasters the fast fashion industry is responsible for such as several factory fires and the collapse of the Dhaka factory that killed over 1,000 people. It then follows a few people’s lives that have been greatly impacted by the fast fashion industry, such as a factory worker, an ethical fashion designer, and an organic cotton farmer to name a few. The documentary also focuses on how the fast fashion industry ruins the environment from pollution and how this affects people in nearby villages such as how the runoff contaminates the drinking water causing cancer and birth defects for many children. It may seem that this documentary only focuses on the doom and gloom, but it is more so trying to bring the reality of this industry to life and put faces and stories to the $5.99 shirts and $20 jeans that we wear.

I feel that we often justify the sweatshops by saying “well, those people need a job anyways” but those people also deserve a living wage and safe working conditions too. They’re people, just like us… which is why I am even more dedicated now to not buy fast fashion. Hopefully, if enough of us boycott the fast fashion industry because of the impact it has on the environment and more importantly, the effect it has on humanity we can make a difference. For all of us.

Secondhand, Shopping, Sustainable Fashion

Why?- Why Does Sustainable Fashion Even Matter?

I know what you’re probably thinking… “Alysha, why does this even matter… like, who cares if fashion is sustainable” Well, it does matter, a lot actually.

As many of us have heard from some source or another, global warming is happening right now and it’s happening fast. The second worst contributor, only to oil companies, is the fast fashion industry. Yup, it’s true. Our need for the consumption of clothes is reeking havoc on our environment.

How you may ask? How could clothes possibly be the second-worst offender of contributing to global warming? Easily.

  • INTO THE GARBAGE IT GOES— Many of the clothes we donate or toss in the garbage end up filling landfills. According to the EPA, the average American alone throws away 81 lbs. of clothing a year. YES, 81 POUNDS PER PERSON.

  • 52 MICRO SEASONS— The fast fashion industry has 52 micro seasons a year. That averages out to 1 season per week. Ridiculous, I know. This encourages us to buy and buy some more when there are new things every week or even every day.

  • One word: POLYESTER— Polyester, may quite possibly be one of the worse fabrics ever created. Every time it’s washed it releases 700,000 micro-plastic fibers into our water. 700,000 FLIPPING FIBERS.

  • LET IT INTO THE AIR LIKE WE JUST DON’T CARE— It probably comes to no surprise that the fashion industry releases millions of CO2 emissions into the air. 1,715 million tons in 2015 in fact. In simple terms, this damages the air we breathe and causes the earth to warm up (greenhouse effect).

  • PARCHED— The amount of water it takes to create just one garment is horrendous. 715 gallons of water, just to make 1 t-shirt. For reference, even if you drank 1 gallon of water a day, it would still take you almost 2 years to drink that much water.

I have attached below the sources where I gathered this information if you would like to continue to read more:




Hi there and welcome to Secondhand September!

My name is Alysha, I am a 25-year-old college student who is interested in how I can help the environment by shopping sustainably instead of supporting fast fashion.

To be honest, I have been thrifting all of my life. I first grew the love for it when I was little from my grandma and never really stopped. It wasn’t until I started watching my favorite YouTubers and reading other sustainable fashion blogs that I realized the fast fashion industry was such a huge issue to the environment. It is because of their influence and inspiration that I have/am making the move to shop secondhand or shop from sustainable fashion brands.

Throughout this blog, you will find resources, articles, videos and everything you need to become educated and a simple place to start because I know this sounds daunting. I’m with you on that. Trust me. I want this journey to not only be educational but to also be enlightening and fun.

So please come along and join me in making the switch the simple way!