The True Cost

March 10, 2016


The True CostFilm Summary

Who really pays the price for our clothing? The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that invites us into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothing. The global fashion industry has driven down the price of clothing while increasingly exploiting 40 million garment workers, our environment and its natural resources. Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with fashion’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost teaches us the impact of the clothing we purchase on our environment and the people who make them.

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Sharon Rowe, ECOBAGS®Sharon Rowe

CEO and Founder of Eco-Bags Products, Inc.

The “Original Reusable Bag Company,™” ECOBAGS® Brand, is recognized as a category leader, since 1989. The company is known for their commitment to outstanding quality, socially responsible supply chain and innovation; “cleaning up the planet one bag at a time.™” Sharon has been featured as an environmental pioneer in TIME Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and inthe award winning documentary “BagIt.” She has been quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Nylon Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Conscious Choice Magazine, and heard on National Public Radio and Air America. ECOBAGS® products were featured on Oprah’s first dedicated Earth Day show in 2007. She has won numerous awards, including the national 2012 Enterprising Woman Award, issued by Enterprising Women Magazine. Eco-Bags Products, Inc. is a long standing certified member of Green America, a certified B Corporation, a certified WomanOwned Business and a member of the Organic Trade Association


Amy Hall

Amy Hall

Director of Social Conciousness, EILEEN FISHER



As Director of Social Consciousness and a member of the Leadership Forum for women’s clothing designer EILEEN FISHER, Amy supports the company’s efforts to practice “business as a movement.”   Amy collaborates internally and externally to guide the company toward ever-increasing human, environmental and economic sustainability, including co-leading the company’s Vision2020 work. Amy chairs the advisory board of Social Accountability International and serves on the boards of Made-By and the American Sustainable Business Council. She also teaches “Sustainability in Fashion Merchandising” at FIT. In 2011, Amy rode from New York City to Washington, DC, on her self-built bamboo bike as part of the Brita Climate Ride.


Rachel Tobias

Rachel Tobias


Attorney and LL.M. Candidate, Fashion Law Institute, Fordham University

Rachel Tobias, attorney and LL.M. candidate, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham, is actively involved in research in Fashion Law under the direction of Professor Jeff Trexler, the Institute’s’ associate director and the creator of their Fashion Ethics, Sustainability, and Development course. Rachel’s work and research focuses on the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility, Supply Chain Monitoring/Human Rights Diligence and Sustainable Fashion.