Hello! Welcome to my blog. I recently wrote a post titled “Why I quit fast fashion (& you should too!) and I just wanted to delve a little bit deeper into the alternatives to the high street, and how we can keep our wardrobes ethical.
I just want to note that sustainable shopping is a privilege that I have. I am straight-sized (so I can always find something that fits), have the time and money to look for the thing I need, and not everyone has these things. These are just some suggestions for people who can shop more sustainably, and want to do so.
Second-Hand & Vintage
Firstly, look to preloved clothes. Whether it’s from charity or thrift shops, Depop, Ebay or other online sellers, find something that already exists. With websites and apps, shopping vintage has never been easier and you can filter to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Related: 10 Tips For Shopping Second-Hand
An up and comer in the sustainable fashion sphere, renting allows you to borrow clothes and accessories for a set amount of time – perfect for those who have fancy events or want to try out an item before purchasing. I’ve yet to try renting but next time I feel like I don’t have anything to wear for a special occasion, I’m gonna give it go.
Swapping / Borrowing
I have always borrowed clothes from my mum’s wardrobe, and if you have friends who are the same dress size as you, it’s can be fun to both swap and borrow from them. Similar to second-hand shopping, swapping has become much easier with facebook groups / online swap shops. There are also irl swapping events which can be fun too, allowing you to pass on some clothes that aren’t for you anymore, before getting some new-to-you clothes that you’ll treasure.
Supporting Sustainable Brands
Shopping ethically should be the norm, and not the exception, however as fast fashion continues to dominate the fashion market – it’s not there yet. Shopping with sustainable brands (which are usually smaller businesses) can be more expensive and also time-consuming as it usually requires a lot of research. Good on You can be a good way to cut the time down as it gives lots of info and a ranking on the brands sustainability.
In western society, our world is set up for consumption and it can be easy to fall into buying things we don’t need, even if they’re a more ‘sustainable’ option than the high street. If you’re not gonna wear it more than 30 times, give it a miss!
I hope that you found this brief foray into sustainable shopping useful. I’d love to know what your favourite way to shop more ethically is! Let me know in the comments.
Bye For Now!
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