Grow Benzie to host screening of ‘True Cost’

BENZIE COUNTY — Grow Benzie will be hosting a screening of “True Cost,” a documentary on the negative effects of cheap, mass produced clothing.

The evening will start with a potluck dinner and discussion at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Grow Benzie.

Grow Benzie will be featuring a potluck discussion and screening of the documentary “True Cost,” which examines some of the problems associated with mass-produced cheap clothing. (Courtesy photo)

Grow Benzie will be featuring a potluck discussion and screening of the documentary “True Cost,” which examines some of the problems associated with mass-produced cheap clothing. (Courtesy photo)

The discussion, which will include a panel of people in the textile loop, such as textile designers, garment makers and community organizers, will revolve around creating textile industry to Northern Michigan. Can the area support a full-loop textile system and become an economically viable industry that uses local sources?

Can natural dyeplant growers, small farmers raising fiber from sheep, alpaca, yak, llama and goat and small business owners, processors and existing networks that support the different segments in the system sustain a full-loop textile system?

Through discussion, participants will find the gaps that are current impediments to achieving 100 percent locally made products.

“True Cost,” the movie, is an opportunity to learn more about the reasons why there is an effort to move toward bringing textile manufacturing back to Northern Michigan.

The film asserts the price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. “True Cost” is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks viewers to consider “who really pays the price for their clothing?”

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