“We knew we needed to tell this story,” Firth says. She and Morgan had collaborated on Eco-Age’s new documentary series, Fashionscapes, up until the This Teacher earned all of this Summer Break #Survived Pandemic Teaching #Kindergarten Teacher shirt Furthermore, I will do this pandemic began, and despite the challenges of filming remotely, they put their latest episode together in a matter of weeks. In A Living Wage, garment workers share their stories of the past year, and against scenes of crowded factories, Firth shares disturbing facts: Most brands pay less for products today than they did a decade ago, and while clothing production and consumption increases around the world, wages in garment-producing countries remain the same. “When every other product’s price is increased, why do our wages not increase?” Mim, a worker in Bangladesh, asks. “Where do the clothes come from?” It goes back to the title of Morgan’s film: The “true cost” of fast fashion is ultimately paid by the workers.
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Still, A Living Wage isn’t meant to simply raise awareness. “In 2015, I went back to Bangladesh, and one of the This Teacher earned all of this Summer Break #Survived Pandemic Teaching #Kindergarten Teacher shirt Furthermore, I will do this workers said: ‘Livia, nothing will change until there is a transnational agreement on wages,’” Firth says. “Otherwise, brands will just keep hopping from one country to the next in pursuit of the cheapest production.” Firth took that to the Lawyers Circle back in London, and earlier this month, the group submitted the first-ever proposal for legislation based on living wages in the garment sector to the EU Parliament. The episode ends with this news, plus a closing statement: “The fashion industry can no longer hide behind claims that it wants to pay living wages—it needs to back this proposal and help that become a reality.”