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Sustainable Apparel Series: Film Screening THE TRUE COST

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The Social Justice & Human Rights dialogues presents the Sustainable Apparel Series, that consist of two events: Film screening of THE TRUE COST and Guest speakers from the sustainable brand ARVIN GOODS.

Film screening THE TRUE COST
Tuesday, February 20, 6 p.m.
CWU Dean Hall 106
Who really pays the price for our clothing? The links between consumer pressure for low-cost fashion and the meager existance of sweatshop workers.

Dustin Winegardner & Harry Fricker
Founders of ARVIN GOODS
Tuesday, February 27, 6 p.m.
CWU Dean Hall 106
A look into a possible future for the apparel industry. Sustainably made apparel basics made from 100% donated/upcycled materials with minimal water used, eliminating waste and toxic dyes. (


The goal of the series is to inspire students and the community to think differently about apparel and sustainability and to better understand the myriad economic, environmental, social, and cultural implications of their choices with regards to apparel. The choices we make about our apparel have major repercussions within each of these key thematic areas.

The United States buys 19.39 billion garments per year (American Apparel & Footwear Association, 2014). That is 60 items per person per year. Every year, the U.S. throws away an average of 12.7 million tons of textile or 68 pounds of textiles per person. Of these 12.7 million tons, 1.6 million could be reused (Cline, 2013). Apparel is outsourced to countries like Bangladesh and China, where the labor cost accounts for the 1% to 3% of the retail price, while profit margins are more than 50% (Workers Rights Consortium, 2005). Each year, the production of textiles demands approximately 145 million tons of coal and somewhere between 1.5 trillion and 2 trillion gallons of water (Cline, 2013). According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 84% of unwanted clothes in the United States in 2012 went into either a landfill or an incinerator. These are some facts about the apparel industry, where the growth of the business depends on the quick use and disposal of clothes. Short, fast-paced trends and cheaply-made apparel pollutes the environment, depletes natural resources and deprive labor conditions.

It is important to educate people about the consequences of their choices when it comes to clothing. Apparel and fashion is part of our daily life, but it is necessary to shift to sustainable practices so our clothes do not come at the cost of people and our planet.

Organized by the Student Fashion Association and the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising program.





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