A letter to my MP about clothes

It’s occurred to me that although I’ve made some lifestyle changes to become more planet-friendly (or at least less planet-unfriendly), such as only buying second-hand clothing, my activism so far has been zero.   Nada.  Nothing.  As a small first step, I’ve written the below (very formal-sounding!) letter to my local MP.  Feel free to copyContinue reading “A letter to my MP about clothes”

ASOS is all-conquering – what does it mean for sustainability?

ASOS has done so well recently that the company’s CEO has confidently proclaimed the brand to be ‘the number one destination for fashion-loving 20-somethings’.  Like Boohoo, ASOS has been one of the few fashion retailers to do incredibly well in the past year.  Being a digital-only retailer has been a clear advantage for ASOS, forContinue reading “ASOS is all-conquering – what does it mean for sustainability?”

Are Bamboo clothes sustainable?

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?”

Sustainable yoga clothes

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”

Rethinking Fashion on International Women’s Day

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”

Why isn’t fashion sustainable (yet)?

Firstly, as always on the blog this is not designed to make you feel guilty.    And it’s not all bad news.  People often ask why the fashion industry isn’t sustainable (yet).  There are three big reasons, and they are: (1) The fabrics used to make clothes come at the price of a lot of carbon,Continue reading “Why isn’t fashion sustainable (yet)?”