‘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?”

Sustainable yoga clothes

When I started doing yoga, I was so determined not to be ‘all the gear and no idea’ that I wore very old Topshop leggings and vest top in classes for months. And there is nothing wrong with that. I later succumbed to the temptation of acquiring a ‘yoga wardrobe’. I’m not proud, but I was aContinue reading “Sustainable yoga clothes”

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)?”

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”