But I love shopping? But I have no clothes? I need a dress for next weekend? I need a new coat? I need more jumpers?
Is this you? Because it’s definitely me (or maybe it was me..I’m trying to improve)
Recently I have become SO concerned about fast fashion, using less plastic, buying sustainable products and saving our planet..basically. I am sure that we all care about the environment on some level. Or I can certainly say that we care about how much money we have. How many things we own. Whether that be clothes or objects.
So I have decided to write some tips on how to consume fashion consciously. I hope these help and give you inspiration. Because you can make a change.
It’s fun! It’s exciting! You can find your own individual style without worrying about what is on trend. Just buy what you like! And it’s unlikely that it will cost an awful amount. It can take time..to find good pieces but it is so possible! And worth the wait when you do.
Maybe take a day out to go thrifting with a friend. Then if you buy a lot in that day you won’t feel the need to keep buying throughout the month. You can find some crazy, unique pieces when thrift shopping. And no one will have the same as you?? Amazing.
Wow. Thank you whoever created Depop. Not only can you sell your clothes but you can buy clothes too! And good quality clothes (most of the time) when searching for a dress for a night out, or a new hoodie, or something branded why don’t you look on Depop first. They’re likely to have what you’re looking for because they have basically everything on there! And you pay a lot less than you would buying the product new. Also reducing our fast fashion consumption! *yayyyyy* if we stop buying from these fast fashion brands (for the morality) they’ll have to change something about the way their clothes are made. So let’s start here. Reducing your intake and buying second hand.
I have been looking into sustainable brands. And there are many out there. However, some are definitely out of my price range. I know that the garments cost more to make which is why the items are sold at a higher price, it completely makes sense. When you buy a sustainable garment you are paying for probably a lifetime use of that garment which was made from organic fabrics (which are good for your skin, not containing pesticides) AND the workers are actually paid fairly in good working conditions!! No child labour!! (That makes me very happy)
I do completely understand that sustainable clothing brands are costly but if you can afford a sustainable garment then go for it! I guarantee it will last you a long time and you will love it.
Knowtheorigin is a sustainable brand which not only sell fashion but also focus on sustainable living. Once you think about the clothes you wear you’ll start to think about the items you use. Makeup wipes? Shampoo? Your toothbrush? So if you are interested then please take a look at their ‘concious living’ collection. Not only is it ethical but it looks beautiful.
A few high-street fashion brands are coming to the realisation that they will no longer be able to continue the production of their fast fashion garments successfully as this is such a growing movement. So if you love a certain brand research and see if they have a ‘sustainable’ or ‘concious’ collection. This will usually be made from recycled fabrics, natural dyes, or 100% cotton. Or if not then ask them to make one! Send an email! Send multiple emails! We need to get the message across to these brands so that they have to make a change.
I do hope this blog post gave you some insight into changes you can make. I will be writing more on small changes you can make to your everyday life in order to live a “0-waste life” based not only on fashion but lifestyle changes too!
Here are some links which have helped me to want to make this change to my life!
My previous blog post on fast fashion: