If you’re starting to think ethically about your wardrobe choices and don’t know where to start, The Canterbury Hub have all the tips to start shopping ethically and avoid cashing in to fast fashion brands.
1. Reuse and recycle
The first and most obvious tip is to start recycling or reusing your clothes. If you’re feeling fed-up with your wardrobe, there is many imaginative steps you can take to spice up your outfits. Give those old jeans a crop, add badges to dated pieces or even just recycle the gloves that are unsalvageable. For those more adventurous eco-warriors, why not try using the material of your old garments to create new, reinvented pieces? Fashion blogger Laurane Moon says “Recycling clothes is so important, the main problem with fast fashion is the production process. Dying textiles pollutes water and the materials end up being dumped into the oceans. So it is always a good idea to reuse material to cut down on this process.” Have a look at Bethany Paige Austins tips on redesigning your wardrobe to be more ethical.
2. Choose materials wisely
Laurane also said “Make sure that you are checking products before you buy, a common misconception is that buying cotton products is great because they are natural. However, nonorganic cotton uses a lot of pesticides and can be seriously harmful, so always check the materials before you buy.”
3. Do your research
It is essential to research into the brands that you normally buy from. If you have an independent sustainable shop close by then always try and get your new garments from their as it is essential to be eco-friendly but also support local independent businesses whilst doing so!
4. Use the recycled sections
Lauren says “Fast fashion retailers now have options for ‘recycled’ clothing, if you can pick these looks as they are normally made from 100% recycled materials. However, some fashion retailers although starting to go green, are not ethical due to unfair trading standards. Some employees are not paid well, they work unsociable, unfair hours in bad conditions, so this also needs to be kept in mind.”
5. Only buy what you love
Yes, it is undoubtable that at time we are going to fall into the curse that is market consumption. The main thing here is little and often. Small steps made by each individual will have a wider impact on the eco-system. Laurane says “If you do find an item and you are either unsure if it is eco-friendly, then that is fine. But-only buy what you love. The majority of your wardrobe should be pieces that are green, however there is room for exceptions.”
6. Shop charity
Try and shop charity when you can. Buying recycled clothes and making these small differences will become easier with practice. Find places that work for you, even venture to new places and make it fun! Places like Brighton and London are great for recycled and Vintage clothing.
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