How I try to quit my fast fashion addiction

Buy second hand

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/22/cost-cheap-fast-fashion-workers-planet

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.

My beautiful dresses

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.

REDUCE

  • 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.

Shop in Charity shops for that one off dress that no-one else will have.

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.

Shop in your own wardrobe