Why I stopped buying fast fashion
You’ve probably heard that our constant demand for new and cheap clothing is having a massive impact on our environment and contributes to a more unequal society.
I recently read a report from Oxfam International, which said it takes a CEO from one of the world’s top five fashion brands only four days to earn the same amount of money that a Bangladeshi garment worker will earn over her whole lifetime.
Also, did you know that fashion production makes up 10% of humanity's carbon emissions?
It’s easy to look at issues like this and feel discouraged. But I’m a big believer that when each of us decide to make changes for the better, no matter how small they may be at first, we will start to see a turnaround.
Here are a few changes you could make.
Make do and mend
Now I don’t know about you, but I love a little bit of retail therapy. I really enjoy expressing myself through my clothes.
But I recently found that when a pair of my favourite comfy trousers developed a tear, I reached for the sewing kit rather than my phone to order a new pair.
I’ve also heard of loads of amazing local initiatives and workshops where you can take your old clothes and learn creative ways to give them a new lease of life.
If you like colourful dungarees as much as I do, then you should check out Lucy and Yak.
We Are We Wear also offer a great eco range while also championing body diversity.
Check out your local charity shop
I love finding a bargain in a charity shop. Though you may have to do a bit of searching, you could very well find something you absolutely love.
When you shop from here, you’re not only making a great sustainable decision, you’re also giving your money to amazing causes.
I’ve found there’s a lot to be said about being content with less. We’re always told that in order to be happy we need the newest and most trendy thing.
While treating yourself is a fun thing to do, why don’t you take a moment to stop and think about how you can make your next shopping trip a kinder and more sustainable one.