Shopping sustainably has become a trending topic in the fashion industry. Lots of articles are published on how to be a responsible consumer and how to become more aware of our fashion consciousness, but it can be hard to know what to do to make a difference on an individual level. The influx of educational resources delving into sustainable fashion and environmentally friendly shopping habits is great, and more of this kind of thing is welcome. In this post I explain how I’ve become more mindful of my own shopping habits, and how I’m trying to shop more responsibly going forward.
Lately before I buy anything new I ask myself a few questions first; Do I really need this in my life? Will it help boost my self-esteem and make me feel more confident about my personal style? Can I integrate this into my wardrobe and make it work with what I already own? Do I own something similar, and if the answer is yes, then do I really need this new item too? These simple questions are helpful in understanding why I want to buy something new, and if I’m buying something simply because I can (which is a huge privilege) rather than buying something because I actually need it. It’s prompted me to stop buying new clothes for the sake of it, and to think more before I buy.
One simple way you can shop more responsibly is to buy less and buy well. It may seem more expensive initially but if you buy investment items of high quality that’ll still look good in a few years time, you’ll save a lot of money and hassle not having to replace clothes in your wardrobe every season.
Second hand and vintage shopping are both great ways to engage with a slower fashion mindset. Rifling through rails in vintage shops is my idea of heaven! You never know what you’re going to find, it’s a fun fashionable treasure hunt that never ends.
If you don’t have time to research ethical and responsible fashion brands, instead try following sustainable fashion bloggers on social media, as well as organisations who are driving change. When it comes to buying something new you can take a quick peek on their accounts, and see where they’re shopping and what they’re buying.
Fashions footprint is having a huge environmental impact, and not a good one. Taking easy steps to change our compulsive consumer shopping habits is easier than ever before. It’s time to disengage from the never-ending cycle of fast fashion, and shop more responsibly so we can reduce the environmental impact fashion has on our planet.
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