10 Easy Ways To Ditch Fast Fashion & Create A Sustainable Wardrobe | Lifestyle

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A simple guide to achieving sustainable style & minimising your fast fashion consumption

Do you want to stop buying fast-fashion but aren’t sure how? It can seem like a big, scary task but it doesn’t have to be. Below are ten simple tips to help change habits, look at the industry differently and find a more sustainable way to consume fashion that works for you.

The most important thing to remember is that nobody is perfect and even the smallest change can have a huge impact. Switching to a more sustainable wardrobe is super fun and rewarding, so let’s get to it!

1. Get to know your local charity shops

Charity shops are first on the list because changing your purchasing habits is obviously one of the most impactful things you can do. I’ve become obsessed with them over the last few years – the excitement of not knowing what you’ll find, the delight of uncovering the perfect top in your size, the guilt-free joy of spending money that will not only support a good cause but also break the cycle of fast fashion, lessening the negative impact on the environment and garment workers.

Next time you’re in town, make a conscious effort to visit the charity shops first before diving into H&M. You might just find everything you were looking for at a fraction of the price!

2. Clear out your wardrobe

There’s nothing better than a good wardrobe clear out to help clear the mind (and bedroom). We’ve all been there – drawers bulging with clothes that we never wear but are keeping ‘just incase’. Enough is enough, it’s time to be brutally honest with yourself. Are you REALLY going to wear that neon pink tank top you bought in Ibiza again?

Once you start clearing out clothes you no longer want/need, I guarantee you’ll uncover some hidden gems you forgot you owned, which will now feel like a new purchase. You’ll realise you actually do have plenty of outfit choices, so there’s no need to starting panic buying on ASOS. Plus, all those clothes you’ve now sorted out can be taken to your new favourite charity shop!

3. Coat hanger challenge

This is one of my favourite ways to ensure I keep my wardrobe full of clothes I actually wear. I begin facing all my clothes hangers the same way. Once I’ve worn something, I put it back in with the hanger facing the opposite way. After about six months it’s then easy to see which clothes I’ve worn and which remain untouched. I then look through these and decide whether it’s time for another trip to the charity shop. This trick is also a great reminder that I really don’t need to buy more clothes unnecessarily.

4. Delete fast fashion apps

Whilst fashion apps like ASOS and boohoo are one click away on your phone, they are going to be hard to resist. If they’re gone, so is the temptation to browse. In the past I am guilty of opening ASOS out of pure boredom and then becoming sucked in, adding things to my basket that I didn’t even know existed 10 minutes before. I never once stopped to consider that maybe these purchases weren’t necessary if they weren’t even on my radar before I opened the app. I’m convinced they make the buying process so simple & fast for that exact reason. Don’t think! Just buy!

5. Unsubscribe to fast fashion emails

Similarly to the above point, if it’s out of sight then it should be out of mind and easier to resist. Fashion brands LOVE to send a barrage of emails with discounts, offers and big sparkly banners that try to convince you that you need a new outfit immediately. Spoiler alert: you don’t. Take back control, unsub from those emails!

6. Download second-hand apps

Now you’ve removed your fashion fashion apps, you can replace them with the likes of depop, vented & eBay. These places are great for finding specific items you’re looking for and usually at reasonable prices too.

7. Shop with sustainable brands

There will obviously be times when you need to buy something new, charity shops don’t always come up with the goods. I find it especially hard to find second-hand trousers or shoes that fit properly. Luckily there are loads of amazing sustainable fashion brands around now. Some of my favourites include Lucy & Yak, Organic Basics, TALA, Monkee Genes and People Tree. If it still seems like fast fashion in the only option, make sure you’re buying good quality, long lasting items.

8. Borrow don’t buy

Another great option is to avoid buying anything at all. Hire Street is a brilliant website where you can hire outfits. Simply choose one you like & how long you need it for, they send it to you and you send it back to them by the agreed date. It’s perfect for finding that special outfit for a one-off event such as a wedding or party. Plus, there’s less chance you’ll turn up in the same thing as someone else! Swapping clothes with your mates is also a great (and fun) way of finding a new outfit without spending a penny. They might even let you keep it if you’re lucky.

9. Watch The True Cost documentary

The True Cost is a documentary which explores the impact fashion has on people as well as the planet. It’s incredibly eye-opening (and super tough and upsetting at times) so I recommend it to everyone. It’s easy to ignore numbers and figures that get thrown around about the impact of fast fashion, but shocking to actually see exactly how it is damaging our world and negatively affecting millions of people. It really hammers home why the fashion industry needs drastic change & we all need to do our bit to consume less of it.

10. Follow sustainable instagrammers

Fill your feed with some amazing sustainable bloggers to inspire you & keep you motivated on your anti-fast fashion journey. evagoesthrifting, crueltyfreebecky, fash_rev, f.laura_and_fauna, & sustainably_vegan are a few of my favourites. Check out this list from The Good Trade for more!

I hope this post has provided you with some inspiration and helpful tips for ditching fast fashion.

Good luck & happy thrifting! x

Simple Ways To Live A Little Greener In 2018 | Lifestyle

Simple Ways To Live Greener In 2-18 - Chilly's Water Bottle

Simple Ways To Live Greener In 2-18 - Chilly's Water Bottle
Simple Ways To Live Greener In 2-18 – Chilly’s Water Bottle

Although we are only *checks* 19 days into January (is that all?!), it already feels like 2018 is the year the world is really sitting up and taking note of the environmental issues facing our planet. Whether it’s the influx of new vegan options in supermarkets or restaurants removing plastic straws from their establishments, everyone seems to be doing their part to help. But it’s not just big corporations and companies that can do their bit, all of us can make small changes to our every day lives that add up to make a big difference. Check out some really simple ways to live a little bit greener in 2018 below.

Reusable bottles / cups

Although takeaway coffee cups look like they should be recyclable, sadly a lot of them aren’t because of the way they’re made with a plastic film inside. Just in the UK we throw away 2.5 billion cups a year, which is absolutely insane. The temptation to buy an instagram-worthy coffee cup is understandable but there are so many brilliant reusable ones on the market now which look even cuter. A lot of places will give discount if you bring in your own cup too, bonus! Chilly’s bottles in particular are brilliant – they keep hot drinks hot for 12 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours! Genius. That saves having to buying any more bottled water in plastic bottles too.

Reusable bags

This is probably quite an obvious one but it’s still important to remember! Just like the cups, there are so many cute reusable bags, especially tote bags, around at the moment that there really is no need to keep picking up new plastic ones every time we go shopping. I personally use a backpack a lot of the time too, which makes carrying heavier items super easy.

Turn off lights and plugs

Another one that may seem obvious but it’s surprisingly easy to forget / become lazy about. I’ve started to make a more conscious effort to turn off lights in any room I’m not using and turn off any plugs that aren’t in use. It soon becomes second nature and you realise how many you used to leave on all the time for absolutely no reason. If everyone did this, it’d make a big difference!

Say no to plastic straws

Straws are made from single-use plastic and will never biodegrade, which means they are ending up in our oceans and causing huge amounts of damage. If you were one of the millions who watched Blue Planet 2 last year, you’ll be aware of its devastating effects so next time you’re out and about, make sure you ask the bartender to hold the straw. If you really can’t live without one, there’s loads of reusable options that you can buy to carry round with you now instead -including ones made from steel, paper and bamboo. Places like Wetherspoons have already started to give out paper straws instead, which is brilliant.


Buy an eco-friendly toothbrush

Swapping to an eco-friendly toothbrush made out of more sustainable materials is another great way to cut down on plastic. I own a Humble Brush which is made from bamboo and nylon 6. It’s been designed by dentists & is biodegradable, plus for every one sold a child in need receives a toothbrush or alternative oral care and education in areas around the world where the need is greatest. Amazing! Plus, they come in loads of great colours to match any bathroom.

Recycle more

“Okay, duh” I hear you cry, but I feel like it would be a sin to write a blog post about sustainability and not mention recycling! It’s so easy to throw things away without thinking of the outcome and I am certainly guilty of it myself, but all it takes it a few extra seconds of thought before you chuck your packaging in the nearest bin. If I find myself with some recyclable rubbish away from home, I try to keep it with me so I can put it in the recycling bin once I get home. There’s a really useful website recyclenow.com, which has loads of info to help you figure out what can and can’t be recycled.

Walk when you can

Do you really need to drive to the shops today? Could you walk instead? So many people use their cars for short journeys that can be pretty unnecessary, which all contribute even more to the huge carbon emissions problem that we have. Plus more often than not, a nice walk always makes you feel better.

Join a beach clean

If you’re lucky enough to live near the coast, why not try your hand at a beach clean? There are organised groups all over the UK who go out collecting rubbish from our beaches. In fact, you don’t even need to find a group to get involved. Next time you’re at the seaside, take a bag and get litter picking! It can be surprising how much you can find in a short space of time.

Simple Ways To Live Greener In 2018 - Glastonbury's Green Fields
Simple Ways To Live Greener In 2018 – Glastonbury’s Green Fields

Cut down on your meat/dairy consumption

Okay, so you knew this one was coming! One of the very best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to switch to a plant based diet or just cut down on meat and dairy as much as you can. Even just a few meat free days a week can make a huge difference (#MeatFreeMonday anyone?). Studies have shown that animal agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to global warming and it’s truly heartbreaking how devastating the effects can be on our environment. Luckily for us, vegan friendly food is becoming more and more accessible every day and there is an abundance of alternatives out there to enjoy.

Of course, there are loads of other ways to live more sustainably but if everyone did their little part, it would add up to make a huge difference!

Do you have any other tips on living greener? I’d love to hear them!🌱💚