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”

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”

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?”

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”

Gentrification of secondhand style – part 2

My recent blog on why the gentrification of secondhand fashion is a positive trend provoked a strong reaction.  People asked whether there’s evidence that charity shops are getting more expensive.  A good question.  The answer is that there hasn’t been a price hike in the past few years.  The Charity Retail Association collects data onContinue reading “Gentrification of secondhand style – part 2”

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?”