Thinking more sustainably
Consumerism is changing, a lot of us are bargain hunters and try to get the latest trends for the lowest prices, and paying less is actually meaning we’re paying more in the long term. The pieces we think are great value for money tend to last us less than a year before it’s tossed aside to make room for the latest trend. We’re always hearing in the news about the leading contributors to the ever growing issue of global warming, but did you know fashion is the second biggest polluting industry?
For a while now I've paid very close attention to where my clothes came from and the process my clothes have gone through to make it to the high street. The problem with consumers now is they have no idea what detrimental long lasting effect fast fashion has on the environment.
As I’ve gotten older and have financial commitments like my car, the house, our dogs etc, I’ve been more aware of steps I need to take to make my money go further and one of the things that have changed for me in recent years is how I buy my clothes so in recent years I've invested my money into buying a capsule collection of clothes.
I'd be a liar if I said I never shop on the high street because sadly I cannot afford luxury. However I'm more conscious of the materials my clothes are made from and my wardrobe no longer consists of fast fashion trends, I now invest in items that contribute to a capsule wardrobe.
If you're wondering how you can get started on making a positive change and being more fashion conscious then try..
- eBay some of your old clothes, don’t throw them away:
Did you know it’s estimated £140m worth of clothing ends up in landfill every year? Numbers are rising every year too! eBay and other online platforms are a great way to sell or swap clothes. Recently I sold a load of clothes and saved up to buy my winter boots! Anything you can’t sell donate to charity or give to a friend, one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure and all that jazz! Equally if you aren't fussed about buying second hand, depop, eBay and vinted are great for finding bargains!
- Make use of the garment collecting boxes: Not everyone is convinced H&M is as sustainable as they’d like us to think, but they’re taking a step in the right direction with their garment collecting boxes in most stores, you can drop of any of your old textiles (even old bed sheets, towels etc!) and they’ll recycle it for you. Topshop have also started doing the same type of things, soon enough you'll start seeing them everywhere!
And finally, use the ‘Good on you’ app: This app is great for checking brand sustainability, it also provides great articles about all sorts of topics surround sustainability and brand ethics