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”

Autumn knits rewear

Autumn is my favourite season in fashion.  As sad as it feels to put away sun dresses and sandals, unboxing cosy sweaters and boots makes me excited for the new season.  I can almost smell the bonfires as I get out the knitwear.  This autumn my knitwear collection is mainly jumpers I’ve owned for aContinue reading Autumn knits rewear

Can the Circular Economy solve fashion’s environmental problems? 

The fashion industry generates a huge quantity of waste.   One of the most quoted statistics about the environmental impacts of clothing is that 300,000 tonnes of clothing find their way to landfill every year in the UK.  This statistic comes from the Waste Resources Action Plan (WRAP) in their excellent 2017 report ‘Valuing Our Clothes’. Continue reading “Can the Circular Economy solve fashion’s environmental problems? “

Four reasons to take part in second-hand September

September is a big month in fashion. It’s the month when thoughts turn to stocking up on knitwear and perhaps acquiring a new autumn/winter coat (I’m determined to finally find my perfect camel-coloured coat this year). Such is the significance of the month that the September 2007 issue of ‘Vogue’ magazine weighed nearly five pounds,Continue reading “Four reasons to take part in second-hand September”

Is fashion causing a biodiversity crisis?

In 2020, McKinsey called biodiversity ‘the next frontier in sustainable fashion’ Many of us are already aware of the link between the fashion industry and climate change: the clothing industry generates more greenhouse gases than international aviation and shipping combined. Less well-known is the contribution fashion is making to the biodiversity crisis. We are living through anContinue reading “Is fashion causing a biodiversity crisis?”

‘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”

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?”