It’s so important to reduce our waste to reduce our impact on the environment and this can also be done through our clothes. By reusing clothes we are reducing the effects of their production and consumption on the environment (be it the use of chemical when making the clothes or pollution cause by them getting them to your front door).
Sustainable fashion, as I understand it, is reusing materials for an ecological purpose. This can be using hand-me-downs, or going to a charity shop, or you can upcycle them by making new clothes out of old ones.
“More than 60 percent of fabric fibers are now synthetics, derived from fossil fuels, so if and when our clothing ends up in a landfill (about 85 percent of textile waste in the United States goes to landfills or is incinerated), it will not decay.”New York Times (Tatiana Schlossberg)
Fast fashion from online websites can be just as polluting as driving a car. So by reducing my shopping habits (for the environment and for my bank account) I’m not feeding into the consumerist damage*
“The equivalent of one garbage truck full of clothes is burned or dumped in a landfill every second.”Business Insider (Morgan Mcfall-Johnsen
*obviously I still buy brand new items from these shops for particular events or needs but I always try a charity shop first .
Over the last year and a bit I’ve tried to reduce the amount of clothes I buy but also when I do buy clothes I try to be reusable.
Who knows if Plymouth just have the best charity shops but the majority of the time I have a wonder round Mutley Plain Oxfam or cancer research I normally end up leaving the shop with something.
Now as this is a growing collection I can only estimate how much these items were as funnily enough I don’t remember the price of something I bought almost a year ago without the price tag (which you’ll be pleased to know I don’t keep because I’m not a hoarder ). I’m don’t think I’ve ever spent more than £5 on a item in one of these shops so I’m gonna say I’m 90% sure all the items featured in this post were under £5 (apart from the last one which has been a recent addition to my collection)
So that concludes my charity shop features in my wardrobe! I hope you enjoyed this weeks post and will consider charity shopping in the future (when we are allowed to go to them again).
Let me know in the comments your best charity shop find !