Are fashion B Corps really sustainable?

When you love clothes but don’t love what they’re doing to the planet and people, it can be difficult to know which fashion brands to choose.  The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently announced that they’re to investigate greenwashing in fashion, and will examine claims that individual items of clothing are better for the environment,Continue reading “Are fashion B Corps really sustainable?”

Three sustainable fashion brands you can afford

Maybe you want a more sustainable wardrobe, but are put off by the cost.  During my peak Zara years, I dismissed sustainable fashion because I thought it meant paying 200 quid for a poncho made out of recycled linen, or similar. As I write about in this article about privilege and sustainable fashion it’s trueContinue reading “Three sustainable fashion brands you can afford”

The three best sustainable fashion innovations of 2021

‘Time’ magazine recently published its list of best inventions of the year.  It’s remarkable how many of these incorporate sustainability thinking.  Everist’s Waterless Shampoo Concentrate is 100% plant-based, plastic free and eliminates the water which makes up 70% of the contents of a standard shampoo bottle. Kuleana is perfect for anyone who went completely offContinue reading “The three best sustainable fashion innovations of 2021”

Fashion brands that will repair your clothes and accessories

Levi’s slogan back in the day was “The more you wash ‘em, the better they look and fit.’” Favourite jeans you’d worn in looked better than a brand-new pair, so Levi’s were designed to withstand years of washing and wearing.  Making a virtue of clothes lasting years is making a comeback – there’s a growingContinue reading “Fashion brands that will repair your clothes and accessories”

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”