‘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?”

Should we stop shopping?

This white vest which I recently bought is the last clothing purchase I’ll make until June 2022.  The major reason is that I have so many clothes.  Switching from my autumn/winter wardrobe to my summer wardrobe has been quite an undertaking, involving many hours of unpacking, hanging clothes out to air, washing and ironing.  AndContinue reading “Should we stop shopping?”

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?”