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”

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?”

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?”

Rethinking Fashion on International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a day on which to remember that so many issues which disproportionately affect women are epitomised by the fashion industry: – Garment workers are overwhelmingly female, and typically paid poverty wages to work extremely long hours in unsafe conditions.  Globalisation has shifted garment production to countries which combine lowContinue reading “Rethinking Fashion on International Women’s Day”

Why isn’t fashion sustainable (yet)?

Firstly, as always on the blog this is not designed to make you feel guilty.    And it’s not all bad news.  People often ask why the fashion industry isn’t sustainable (yet).  There are three big reasons, and they are: (1) The fabrics used to make clothes come at the price of a lot of carbon,Continue reading “Why isn’t fashion sustainable (yet)?”

January Rewears

Frost has nipped and snow has fallen this January. I love snow for the way it can magically transform the landscape. It’s as though I went to bed in a suburban street and woke up the next morning in Narnia. The snow has given me lots of opportunities to wear preloved winter items this month.Continue reading “January Rewears”