Human voice, and the opportunity to be heard was really a factor that stood out to me. This is because all my life, I’ve known that I was not allowed to speak my opinion in Zimbabwe, because that is what the government taught us. This shocked me in The True Cost because so many lives were at stake. People were speaking about the cracks in the building, and no one did anything about it. In fact, “while the death toll rose, so did the profits generated.”
Workers in Bangladesh are earning less than $3 a day. How is this morally correct? They are working to supply the rest of the world with clothes, yet they are earning less than the minimum wage. This occurs because the labour “remains dirt cheap, and unions have limited power. That year was the most profitable of all time.” The selfishness of human beings really shocked me, and I only wish there was more an individual could do about it.
85% of these workers are women, and they too, earn less that $3 a day. It was said that they were among the lowest paid workers in the world.
This particular scene stood out to me because poverty is highlighted. People in Bangladesh are working for less than the minimum wage, yet they don’t have clean water to drink. On top of this, children are going to experience it too, and do not have any hope for the future. Much like in Zimbabwe.
It was stated that we are moving ruthlessly to a way of producing that only offers big business interest. Instead of 2 seasons per year, we practically have 52 seasons a year, where 80 billion pieces of clothing are consumed per year. This is 400% more than 2 decades ago. This is affecting our environment.