Top 10 Sustainable Fashion Documentaries Ever Made

Fashion is more than just wearing clothes; don’t you think the same? Isn’t fashion something that makes you feel valuable and better than others? Fashion was never about wearing trendy or branded clothes; instead, it was always about the essence of the outfit you were wearing.


Have you ever thought about what’s the point of styling and wearing fashionable brands if they’re not adding any value to your life? If you’re someone who has ever thought about this or even someone who started to rethink their perspective about fashion after reading these questions, then this blog is for you.


We at Dwij have always wanted the world to know the power of sustainable fashion, and we’re on a mission to upcycle old pieces of denim and give them a new soul. We’re a brand with motive and inspiration behind it, but if you’re someone who wants to understand the essence of sustainable fashion, you should watch the documentaries that we’ve listed below-

  1. The True Cost (2015)

  2. River Blue (2016)

  3. Sweatshop: Deadly Fashion (2014)

  4. The Machinists (2019)

  5. The Next Black (2014)

  6. Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2015)

  7. Unravel (2012)

  8. The Positive Chain of Change (2020)

  9. Fashion's Dirty Secrets (2018)

  10. Good On You: Ethical Fashion (2020)


The True Cost



We’ll start with one of the best sustainable fashion documentaries to ever exist. The True Cost showcases how brutally fast fashion impacts us and our environment. It forces us to think about the disposal of clothes and upcycling clothes.


Release Date: May 29, 2015




Next on our list is Riverblue, directed by David McIlvride and Roger Williams. It tells us about the devastating impact of fashion on our world and society and focuses on how immensely waterways are affected. This documentary uncovers the heavy toll that textile dyeing and finishing processes take on the world's water resources.


Release Date: October 1, 2016


Sweatshop: Deadly Fashion


Directed by Tobias Andersson and Ludvig Hedlund, Sweatshop: Deadly Fashion is one of the best sustainable fashion documentaries that we’ve ever come across. In this documentary, three friends travel to Cambodia to experience the harsh realities faced by clothing factory workers. It becomes both exciting and sad to see how devastating the working conditions of the laborers are. We would definitely recommend you to watch it.


Release Date: October 30, 2014


The Machinists



At number four, we have The Machinists, which is again one of the most informative and interesting documentaries to watch if you’re a sustainable fashion enthusiast. Director Rosario Sorrentino has done a phenomenal job of showcasing the harsh working conditions of Italian workers. And how we’ve prioritized fashion over people.


Release Date: March 4, 2019


The Next Black



Halfway through the blog, we have The Next Black, which explores the future of fashion, delving into innovations like sustainable materials, 3D printing, and wearable technology. It challenges traditional notions of fashion and highlights the potential for sustainable, forward-thinking design.


Release Date: May 21, 2014


Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things



Those who have heard about it or watched it would say this isn’t about fashion. But the point of sustainability is to prioritize quality over quantity, and that’s what this documentary is all about. It makes you rethink the word ‘minimalism’ and aligns with the essence of sustainable fashion.


Release Date: May 24, 2016





One of the best fashion documentaries one can ever watch is Unravel. It takes us to a fascinating journey to Panipat, where we see how discarded clothes are getting a new life. And that’s exactly what we do at Dwij. It showcases the recycling efforts of textile workers and reminds us of the potential for circular fashion practices.


Release Date: April 6, 2012


You may also read: The story of Asia’s biggest textile recycling hub


The Positive Chain of Change



Directed by Barbara Wülser and Thomas Schneider, The Positive Chain of Change explores the sustainable fashion journey of European fashion brands. It highlights initiatives to reduce environmental impacts, promote ethical labor practices, and inspire consumers to make informed choices.


Release Date: October 15, 2020


Fashion’s Dirty Secret



The most brutally honest documentary ever made that actually showcased the exploitation of natural resources and its impact on the environment just because we want to feel fashionable. It directly shows us the importance of sustainable fashion and how upcycling clothes is fashionable.


Release Date: November 8, 2018


Good On You: Ethical Fashion



Good on You: Ethical Fashion introduces us to the world of ethical fashion ratings and sustainable brand choices. It empowers us to make informed decisions about where we should shop and what the best fashion choices are.


Release Date: October 7, 2020


These are the best documentaries that were ever made to open our eyes to sustainability. Remember, fashion is not about being stylish; it’s always about the value of your clothes. No matter how fancy or expensive the shirt you’re wearing, if it doesn't have any essence, it’ll always be boring. Being sustainable with your fashion won’t only make you look better and help you hold value, but it will also positively impact the environment.

So, what are you waiting for? Go and watch these documentaries, and let us know in the comments what’s your favorite fashion documentary.

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