How a year of blogging has changed me

Today is my blog-iversary: I was thinking yesterday that it must be about a year since I started this blog.  I just looked and my first ever post was on October 25th 2020 – exactly a year ago today.  I am no longer terrified of sharing photos of myself When I uploaded my first post,Continue reading “How a year of blogging has changed me”

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? “

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”

Privilege and sustainable fashion

A pink gingham midi shift dress by ethical and sustainable London-based brand Birdsong costs £169; a similar style from H&M will do much less damage to your pocket, at £19.99.  One dress is made from Tencel fabric made from wood pulp, sustainably harvested from renewable wood sources, and was made in London for living wages. Continue reading “Privilege and sustainable fashion”

Is fashion causing a biodiversity crisis?

In 2020, McKinsey called biodiversity ‘the next frontier in sustainable fashion’ Many of us are already aware of the link between the fashion industry and climate change: the clothing industry generates more greenhouse gases than international aviation and shipping combined. Less well-known is the contribution fashion is making to the biodiversity crisis. We are living through anContinue reading “Is fashion causing a biodiversity crisis?”

Don’t be fooled: Greenwashing in fashion

Growing interest in sustainable fashion has prompted brands from Prada to Primark to communicate their environmental and ethical credentials.  Several fashion businesses have launched sustainable sub-brands, among them H&M’s Conscious Collection and Zara’s Join Life brand.  But which businesses are genuinely benefitting the environment, and which are hoping to bamboozle shoppers into thinking they’re greenerContinue reading “Don’t be fooled: Greenwashing in fashion”

‘Sort of’ plastic-free July

This year I’ve been sort-of attempting Plastic Free July. This is a movement which encourages people not to buy anything made out of plastic all month, or to minimise the amount of plastic they buy. I say ‘sort of’ because attempting this makes you realise how deeply plastic is embedded in our lives: from brushing yourContinue reading “‘Sort of’ plastic-free July”

My sustainable fashion journey — Raelene

“I realised that I could be buying clothes made by someone who was effectively enslaved,” says Raelene. In the past, a firm fan of Boden, Phase Eight and other high street brands, her shopping habits were transformed by a sustainable fashion event in London in 2013. Like most people, Rae had no idea that manyContinue reading “My sustainable fashion journey — Raelene”

Why I’m celebrating the hole in my jeans

I realised a few days ago that a pair of my jeans had a hole on the inside of the right thigh. That doesn’t sound very remarkable, but for me it was a proud moment. Watching TV recently, I saw an advert for the fast fashion brand Missguided. The ad’s strapline was, ‘You’ve got plansContinue reading “Why I’m celebrating the hole in my jeans”

Where do I start with sustainable fashion?

Google is a reliable barometer of what’s on our minds.  The search engine has recorded an exponential rise in the number of people typing ‘sustainable fashion’ into search bars over the past few years.  This implies that more people are now connecting the contents of their wardrobe with the climate and ecological emergency.  Maybe you’reContinue reading “Where do I start with sustainable fashion?”