How I try to quit my fast fashion addiction
I was a shopaholic. Until I read an article in The Guardian. A story about the £4 Boohoo dress: cheap clothes at a high cost.
This made me stop and think about buying cheap clothes. If I was going out on a Saturday night I would go shopping for something new. I found my wardrobe bulging with clothes that I only wore once or twice.
So I made a conscious decision to pull back on my shopping. I started shopping in my own wardrobe or borrowing from friends. Rather than going shopping and buying more clothes.
I made some small changes with my clothes shopping.
- Buy less clothing.
- Buy higher quality clothes.
- Shop in charity shops and second hand clothes shops online.
- Invest in timeless, core wardrobe pieces that you will wear more than once and you can accessorize to give it a whole new look.
- Research what you are buying.
- Commit to wearing something in your wardrobe 30 times.
- Wash clothes less often. The average wash cycle realizes thousands of tiny fragments of plastic into the waterways.
These are small changes I have made. I think if we all stop and think about the effects fast fashion is having on our environment.
The fast fashion Industry generates 4% of the world’s waste each year, 92 million tons, which is more toxic than e-waste.
A friend of mine hosted a party in her house. It was a clothes swapping party. Bring clothes that you want to get rid of a bottle of wine and swap! This is a great way to spice up your wardrobe and get rid of clothes that you no longer wear. It is a good idea to host these parties at the start of a new season. So, get your winter wardrobe ready with a clothes swap party.