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”

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”

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?”

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”