Top ethical thinkers to discuss 'fast fashion' after charity film screening


Some of the UK’s leading ethical pioneers will debate the cost of “fast fashion” on people and the planet at a charity film screening later this month - thanks to a collaboration with the Hackney Fairtrade Group.

The Fairtrade Group will co-host documentary film, The True Cost, featuring Stella McCartney and other fashion heavyweights, at Hackney Picturehouse, on Thursday 10 September, in conjunction with the UK’s leading sustainable fashion group People Tree.

The documentary sees the filmmakers travelling across world, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, China, Texas and Europe, to map the story behind clothing, the people who make it, and the impact the industry is having on the planet.

In the film, they join People Tree founder Safia Minney for one-and-a-half years to document the company’s ground-breaking approach to fashion.

The screening at the Mare Street cinema will be followed by a panel discussion with Safia; John Hilary, Executive Director of poverty charity War on Want; and Lord Peter Melchett of organic food charity The Soil Association. The Hackney Fairtrade Group will also have an information stall at the venue.

Safia said: “I hope The True Cost inspires and motivates people to care about each other and our precious earth. Fairtrade and sustainable fashion can empower the poor, bring about social and environmental justice and transform our economy and the well-being of society. Fast fashion as we know it must stop!”

The screening and panel will take place between 8.30pm and 10.30pm. Tickets cost £12 each - with £4 going to the Nepal fund to help rebuild areas devastated in the country’s April earthquake. Buy a ticket now.



Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
The Hackney Fairtrade Group have helped bring together a real heavyweight line-up of some of the country’s best ethical thinkers and doers.

If you are considering making ethical changes in your life or are simply interested in finding out more about fashion and Fairtrade, I would encourage you to come along and support this event.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

Fairtrade is a commitment to a better deal for producers in developing countries and making sure they get a good price for a good product.

Hackney achieved Fairtrade borough status in 2008, by hitting five goals set by the Fairtrade Foundation aimed at ensuring a better deal for farmers and workers in poorer countries.

Find out more about the Fairtrade Fairtrade Foundation.

Get more information on the Council’s role in Fairtrade and the borough’s steering group.