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9 ways to reduce your fast fashion consumption

Following on from my last post, I’m going to tell you a few ways that you can reduce your fast fashion consumption.

Research the company/brand

This is something which I always make sure to do. A lot of brands ‘greenwash’ which is where they provide misleading information so you think that they are an environmentally conscious brand when they aren’t.

For example, I’ve been trying to find sustainable and affordable clothing and have come across ‘plant’ / ‘i love my planet’ collections so I would assume that they are using sustainable materials but when I read the finer details they weren’t.

I have discovered an app called ‘good on you‘ where you can search brands and it will tell you the rating of their ethics, sustainability etc. I’d really recommend it because sometimes I think a brand is ok but then I check and it isn’t. <3

Second-hand shops

I love second-hand shops – what’s not to love?!

My favourite one is Depop which is an app where you can sell and/or buy. The main thing to buy is clothes but some people sell books, makeup etc. It’s really cheap and affordable which is perfect!

If I find something I’m looking for, then I always have a look at what else the seller has so that it’s just one order and not multiple – to be as environmentally friendly as possible πŸ™‚ (If you message the seller to say you’re buying multiple items, they will *usually* lower the postage to the cost of only one item)

Charity shops

I love charity shops because while purchasing some new clothes, you are giving to a charity too. It’s a win-win for everyone! πŸ₯³πŸ₯°

Additionally, there’s a wide variety because it’s constantly changing with new people giving away new clothes so there’s so much good stuff out there to buy πŸ’ž

Some charity shops are more expensive than others but bare in mind that the original item was probably a lot more expensive.

I’ve only started buying clothes in charity shops in the last year but it’s one of my favourite things to do when I’m out – I practically always come out with something πŸ›

Once my friend and I decided to go into town / down the road and we went into every single charity shop which was so much fun – I’d really recommend it (maybe once covid is over tho!)

Make your own

There are sooooo many fabric shops open all over the place, along with multiple sewing tutorials on YouTube. 🧡

Saying that…I don’t particularly enjoy sewing so if you’re like me, try and persuade a family member to sew you some clothes instead!πŸ‘—πŸ‘š

Here are some that my mum and sister have made me:

(sorry about the bad lighting)

Otter pjs
Skirt
Trousers

Support small businesses

Choosing to shop at a small business instead of a chain store is so good because they are more likely to be transparent on where their fabric comes from and are probably buying locally sourced material.🧣

“When you’re supporting a small business, you’re supporting a dream”

“When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance”

Upcycle old clothes

If your clothes are too small or you just don’t like them anymore, instead of throwing them away (where they will end up in landfill), make something out of them!

I haven’t actually done this yet but I’m planning on turning my jeans into a bag and then painting some cute little designs on it. There are lots of websites that show you exactly how to do this.

Additionally, you can use old clothes to make face masks or to use as the inner lining (my mum did this!)

Unfollow fast fashion brands

When I first decided to stop buying clothes at fast fashion brands, it was really hard because I had signed up to lots of email subscriptions, was following them on Instagram etc.

Don’t make it harder for yourself than it already is, unfollow brands on social media and unsubscribe from getting emails. Even delete your account with them, don’t tempt yourself.

Pass on your clothes to relatives

I recently had a bit of a clear out of clothes that are definitely too small for me now and I came across a bikini that I bought but had never worn (hadn’t even taken the tags off!) so I decided to give it to my friend’s sister.

A bikini may not be the best item of clothing to pass on (unless you’ve never worn it, like me) but if it doesn’t fit you DO NOT THROW IT AWAY! Your rubbish is someone else’s treasure πŸ’ŽπŸ’–

Don’t buy from chain stores

This one might seem obvious, but I always think that chain stores are more likely to be unsustainable (which is kinda sad really).

Obviously, there are some things you can’t buy second-hand like underwear, bras etc. So, I try to buy them from somewhere a bit upmarket that I know will last a long time (that’s just a personal preference/opinion πŸ’—)

Thank you for reading, I hope now you are clearer on how we can all reduce our fast fashion consumption!

Best wishes, Cx

17 thoughts on “9 ways to reduce your fast fashion consumption”

  1. Such great tips you have shared here! Thank you! I hope it makes people think differently about where we get our clothes from!

  2. This is a really helpful post!!! I’ve always found buying sustainably and avoiding fast fashion a little daunting, but these tips changes that!! Definitely going to try up cycling soonπŸ™Š Thank you!!πŸ’“

  3. Great tips! I switched to sustainable fashion at the beginning of this year. I just went cold turkey and I won’t touch fast fashion retailers anymore – at least not purchase from them directly. I love eBay!

  4. These are some great tips and this is such an important topic. Personally I love buying second hand because you can always find unique pieces to suit your style. I’d like to see more of this going forward.

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