There are well-known problems with synthetic materials such as polyester, which are essentially a form of plastic. These have a high carbon footprint, release microplastics when washed and are not biodegradable. Lots of reasons not to love it! Clothing brands are looking to alternative fabrics as a way of reducing their environmental impact. This isContinue reading “Are Bamboo clothes sustainable?”
How and why will fashion be changed by coronavirus, and what does this mean for sustainability?
Spring at last! Almost (but not quite) time to put away the woolly jumpers and fleecy joggers I’ve barely parted from in the past few months. This month I’ve switched from boots to trainers. These Vejas were a Depop purchase a few months ago. They’re not the most comfortable trainer you could wish for, butContinue reading “March Rewears”
Madrid-based yoga teacher and business owner Eliza talks about her sustainable approach to yoga clothes
Is this the moment for the government to ban sending new clothes to landfill, enforce the minimum wage for garment workers and use taxation to incentivise more environmentally friendly fashion? I say yes it is!
When I started doing yoga, I was so determined not to be ‘all the gear and no idea’ that I wore very old Topshop leggings and vest top in classes for months. And there is nothing wrong with that. I later succumbed to the temptation of acquiring a ‘yoga wardrobe’. I’m not proud, but I was aContinue reading “Sustainable yoga clothes”
Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a day on which to remember that so many issues which disproportionately affect women are epitomised by the fashion industry: – Garment workers are overwhelmingly female, and typically paid poverty wages to work extremely long hours in unsafe conditions. Globalisation has shifted garment production to countries which combine lowContinue reading “Rethinking Fashion on International Women’s Day”
My recent blog on why the gentrification of secondhand fashion is a positive trend provoked a strong reaction. People asked whether there’s evidence that charity shops are getting more expensive. A good question. The answer is that there hasn’t been a price hike in the past few years. The Charity Retail Association collects data onContinue reading “Gentrification of secondhand style – part 2”
What I re-wore in February. Depop finds and looking forward to my spring wardrobe
One the emerging criticisms of the secondhand clothes trend is that it’s being gentrified. But is that true? If it is, is that a problem?