“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”

March Rewears

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”

Nobody’s Child Review

Two of the main reasons people don’t buy more sustainable clothes are that they’re more expensive and just not as cool as mainstream fashion.  But London-based Nobody’s Child defies those rules.  Prices are what you’d expect to pay at Zara: dresses are typically £35 – £45.  And some serious bargains are available right now onContinue reading “Nobody’s Child Review”

A President for the Environment?

As I type this, Joe Biden is two hours away from being sworn in as President of the United States.  Biden has promised ‘a presidency for all Americans’.  He will be a president for the environment too. Biden becomes President today, but he might not have.  A moment in the final presidential debate caused aContinue reading “A President for the Environment?”

H&M Conscious Collection Follow-up

I shared my recent blog about H&M’s Conscious Collection in a couple of online forums dedicated to sustainable fashion. Some responses were thoughtful and balanced, but some suggested I must be an evil person if I was even considering buying from H&M, or implied that I clearly don’t care that the brand uses ‘slave labour’.Continue reading “H&M Conscious Collection Follow-up”

Should the government make fashion more sustainable?

Enforcing the minimum wage for UK clothes factories workers, putting a tax on unsustainable fashion, and investing in collection & sorting of used clothes are three of the recommendations made by the Environmental Audit Commission (EAC) in 2019.  Their report is available here.  The EAC is a group of MPs across all parties whose jobContinue reading “Should the government make fashion more sustainable?”

Reviewing H&M’s Conscious Collection

In 2020 I bought only preloved clothing. It’s a new year and I’m considering buying something brand new, but from a sustainable brand or collection (naturally!) This year I’ll be bringing you reviews of the sustainable fashion that’s available, as well as more preloved. Today, H&M’s Conscious Collection. This collection from megabrand H&M is made from at leastContinue reading “Reviewing H&M’s Conscious Collection”

3 things I’ve learnt from a year of buying only preloved fashion in 2020 – and a tip to get you started

Just two days of 2020 to go, and my year of preloved is almost complete. Here’s what I learnt – (1) Buying preloved is fun and rewarding  Not once in 2020 have I missed buying brand new clothes.  Not even a tiny bit.  At the start of each year – and inspired by Gretchen RubinContinue reading “3 things I’ve learnt from a year of buying only preloved fashion in 2020 – and a tip to get you started”