No Planet for Clothes

New clothes produced each year amount to 100 billion, out of which 33 billion are discarded the same year. We give away old clothes in donation bins, believing new owners would appreciate them, but where do they go from there? Who pays the price for all the cheap clothes we bought and discarded?

  • Kalam Kim
    Director
  • Bitna Oh
    Writer
  • JungSu Lee
    Producer
  • Yoomi Lee
    Music
  • Chanjun Park
    Cinematographer
  • YongJae Kim
    Cinematographer
  • JeongKwan Cho
    Lighting
  • Kalam Kim
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Television
  • Genres:
    Fast-Fashion wastes, Environmental injustice
  • Runtime:
    50 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Bangladesh, Ghana, Korea, Republic of
  • Language:
    Korean
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Greenfest
    Belgrade
    Romania
    November 25, 2022
    Official Selection & Finalist
  • BKK Doc 2022
    BangKok
    Thailand
    December 18, 2022
    Best woman director winner
  • Broadcasting Awards
    Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    June 20, 2022
    Grand Prize by Korea Communications Commission
Distribution Information
  • KBS Media
    Sales Agent
    Country: Afghanistan
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Kalam Kim

Kalam Kim began working at KBS as a Director of Program in 2011 and has made travel and environmental programs ever since. Rather than TV celebrities, she prefers to interview elderly women who dig clams every single day for 50 years in a row. While producing travel program, she met with ordinary locals around the world, carrying a one-person camera around for two years. Due to her experience back then, she took an interest in breaking prejudices concerning people from so-called “unhygienic” or “poor” nations. Currently through “Environmental Special,” she is continuing a coverage on issues regarding exploitative garment and food production in the southern hemisphere and waste in the northern hemisphere, while pondering about sustainability without economic inequality.

[Awards career]
Grand Prize, Good Program of the Month (Korea Communications Standards Commission, July 2021)
Best Coverage of the Month (Citizens’ Coalition for Democratic Media, July 2021)
2021 Best Coverage of the Year (Citizens’ Coalition for Democratic Media, December 2021)

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Director Statement

One day, as I was putting old clothes in the donation bin, thinking I was doing a good deed as usual, I saw a group T-shirt with the title of the program and wondered, “Is there anyone who would actually wear this? Where do all these clothes actually go?”
While I was searching for the whereabouts of the used clothes purely out of curiosity, I came across a photo on an overseas Instagram account. It was of heaps of old clothes and cows munching on synthetic textiles instead of grass. The photo was taken at a secondhand market in Ghana. I sent an e-mail to the person who took the photo, and started interviewing her on Zoom.
“Have you ever seen secondhand clothes from South Korea?” “Yes, I see them every week. They come in yellow sacks with ‘Made in Korea’ labels, so it’s hard not to notice.” And that’s how this program began.
This program focused on the heavy environmental price we pay behind the pleasure of buying and discarding inexpensive clothes. A $7.90 T-shirt cannot be made without labor which can be hired at extremely low wages, or rivers and seas that are polluted for rock bottom prices. Clothes, already exceeding the amount we need, are burnt if unsold; and even the clothes that are sold soon end up as mountains of waste in Africa. This program achieved its first goal of highlighting the issue of overproduction and irresponsible disposal. Instead of making faux fur, vegan leather, or plastic bottle t-shirts which we know are not the right solutions, my hope is that the fashion industry takes pride as professionals and seriously ponders about sustainability. Also, I hope 2022 becomes a year in which the careful production of good quality clothes and lengthy wear of favorite items is regarded as cool. We are not disposables that need a new label every day, and we do not have another Earth that will willingly swallow up our clothes.