Environmental issues are high profile right now; they are all over the media, ranging from dangerous levels of air pollution all the way to species of animals becoming endangered. Time is running out, and I am so thankful for pressure groups like the Extinction Rebellion movement. These groups are putting the correct pressure on governments and industrialists, fighting for their generation to have a chance to enjoy our planet before it’s too late!
I spotted the Extinction Rebellion flag recently in Camden
What does all this have to do with fashion?
The state of the environment is an accumulation of various unsustainable acts. The way in which we consume goods, including fashion, is contributing – if not causing – some of the issues.
We’re so reliant on having a throwaway economy, and the way in which we consume items is absurd. Gone are the days of repairing a rip in your jacket. Fashion is so affordable nowadays that you can probably get a new jacket delivered (including postage) for less than £10, and have it within 48 hours! Why bother fixing it?
What we don’t realise is that having everything on demand comes at a harsh price. You are increasing your carbon footprint, causing unnecessary journeys and pollution that could be avoided. You are also adding to landfill and waste, if you do not dispose of your fashion in a responsible manner.
Here are some tips on enjoying fashion in a more sustainable manner;
1. Weigh up purchases
Before you commit to buying a new top for a dinner date next week, is there something at home you could alter? There are several ways you can reinvent your current clothes. You could wear a dress as a top (tuck it in). You can change a t-shirt to a summery crop top by tying up the bottom part. Or just wear a top you haven’t worn for a long time – believe me it feels like a new item!
On trend dresses can be purchased second hand from eBay or charity shops, this is a good example of recycling
2. Recycled and reused
If you do decide you want to buy a new item of clothing, why not look at recycled clothes? eBay and Depop often have almost new dresses for a cut slash price. Saving the environment and money. Win win.
Even if you have items that are cut, slashed or bleached – they can be recycled into other items. I’d suggest taking them to a clothing recycling centre where you often get paid by the kilo. The materials get reused and you get a couple of quid!
Fast fashion has become an integral part of our society. But we must make smarter choices, we have to consciously think before purchasing. Why should we continue to behave like sheep and ruin the planet? It’s absurd.
Even if this post inspires just one person to make changes within their lifestyle then I’ll be happy. After all, every little helps.