Tips to reduce your carbon footprint
Fashion is one of the world’s biggest polluters and we currently have enough clothes on the planet to clothe the next five generations of humans. Yet our appetite for cheap, disposable fashion isn’t slowing, even though many of us are aware of the negative impact fast fashion has.
To help you get started reducing your footprint, here are our top tips:
Before you shop, check your wardrobe. Many of us have unworn items hidden at the back of our wardrobes, so start each season by going through what you already own and rediscovering forgotten items.
Avoid trends. Try to shop only for items you know you’ll wear again and again over the years. Shop for items which have longevity in style and quality.
Shop second hand first. For many items, there will be second hand options available, sometimes you can even find unworn items on places like Depop or eBay. Just ensure when shopping, that the items are coming from an individual or second-hand boutique rather than being mass-produced and sold through those platforms rather than a fast fashion website.
Shop with ethical and high-quality brands whenever you can. They are more expensive, but the fewer items you buy the more you can spend on one item and by purchasing items that are high quality, you won’t have to replace them as often. Shop on ethical sites first, before resorting to cheaper, less sustainable options.
Wait a day before you buy. If you’re tempted by an offer or trendy item you hadn’t thought to buy before you saw it, wait a day and make sure you really want it. This is true for everything, from technology to home décor. In fact, wait longer if you can. You might find that your knee jerk reaction to buy, was in fact a reaction to some clever marketing and branding.