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Autumn knits rewear

Autumn is my favourite season in fashion.  As sad as it feels to put away sun dresses and sandals, unboxing cosy sweaters and boots makes me excited for the new season.  I can almost smell the bonfires as I get out the knitwear.  This autumn my knitwear collection is mainly jumpers I’ve owned for aContinue reading Autumn knits rewear

Can the Circular Economy solve fashion’s environmental problems? 

The fashion industry generates a huge quantity of waste.   One of the most quoted statistics about the environmental impacts of clothing is that 300,000 tonnes of clothing find their way to landfill every year in the UK.  This statistic comes from the Waste Resources Action Plan (WRAP) in their excellent 2017 report ‘Valuing Our Clothes’. Continue reading “Can the Circular Economy solve fashion’s environmental problems? “

Recycled By

Ruth, the founder of ‘Recycled By’, has a mission.  Her ambition goes beyond persuading people to buy pre-owned clothing; it’s to encourage them to be proud to be seen in second-hand.  Recycled By seeks out the best pre-owned clothing available.   Its current selection includes Prada mules, a skirt by Stella McCartney and pieces from top-endContinue reading “Recycled By”

Four reasons to take part in second-hand September

September is a big month in fashion. It’s the month when thoughts turn to stocking up on knitwear and perhaps acquiring a new autumn/winter coat (I’m determined to finally find my perfect camel-coloured coat this year). Such is the significance of the month that the September 2007 issue of ‘Vogue’ magazine weighed nearly five pounds,Continue reading “Four reasons to take part in second-hand September”

“But what if someone died in it?!” – and other barriers to buying secondhand clothes

I was recently extolling the virtues of shopping for preloved clothes to some friends.  (I need to watch this.  I do go on about it a lot – it must get boring!)  Much of the environmental impact of clothing comes from its manufacture: “Environmental impacts include energy use and generation of greenhouse gas emissions inContinue reading ““But what if someone died in it?!” – and other barriers to buying secondhand clothes”

Oh sew simple

The Environmental Audit Committee recommended that students be taught sewing skills in schools.  The reason?  Most clothes end up in landfill.  In fact, every second, the equivalent of a rubbish truck load of clothes is burnt or buried in landfill. Given the low prices of clothes these days from supermarkets, Boohoo.com or Primark, most peopleContinue reading “Oh sew simple”

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