Something I’ve heard a lot about in the last 6 months is Fast Fashion and I’ve been trying to do my bit for minimising Fast fashion. So, if you’ve been living under a rock, Fast Fashion is defined as ‘inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends’. So this basically means that brands are producing items at a really inexpensive price which are usually onetime wear items. I’ve been really trying to do my bit in terms of fast fashion and I thought it would be a good idea to write a post all about how I’m doing my bit for fast fashion and the importance of it for the environment!
So, I was doing some research in preperation for this post and I found that the greenhouse gas emissions that are created by textile production globally is more than all international flights. What does that tell you about what fashion is doing to our environment?
Over the past couple of months, I’ve seen that so many big online retail brands such as: Prettylittlething, Boohoo, Missguided and ASOS are selling products for under £5. on each of these cites, their shipping comes out at £3.95 which is almost the price you are paying for the contents which is crazy if you think about it.
I don’t know about you but before hearing about fast fashion, if I saw an item of clothing for under £5, I would immediately purchase it without the thought of if I really needed it and how much wear I was actually going to get from the item. This normally ended up me wearing it once and then either selling it or throwing it away, it’s not only a waste of money but it’s also bad for the environment.
Something I’ve been doing over the past few months is de-cluttering my clothing down to a realistic amount and only keeping the products I know I can wear with multiple things or I wear religiously. With the clothing I decided I didn’t want anymore, I have either been selling them on Depop or I’ve given them to charity. This is a good way of getting rid of clothing as they can be given to someone who is going to get the wear out of the clothing your not wearing and it’s not going to waste.
Another thing I’ve been doing while I’ve been shopping is asking myself whether or not I actually need the clothing item or if I just want it. This way, I have a collection of clothing that I’m in love with and are essentials in my everyday wardrobe. I’ll get into this more later on in the post but investing in clothing that you know your going to wear religiously is way better for the environment compared to purchasing 5 items that you’ll wear once. It saves you money in the long run and if you decide you no longer want them in your wardrobe after a few wears, you can accumulate the money back up from selling them.
How you can do your bit for Fast fashion
- Invest in clothing- My top tip for minimising the amount of products you purchase is investing in clothing you know you will wear more than once. Investing in items you know you will keep in your wardrobe for a long time and will get a lot of wear out rather than chucking it out at the end of the season is the best thing you can do. It not only helps the environment but it also saves you money in the long run
- Buy second hand- You can get so many beautiful pieces pieces online from places such as Depop and Ebay, their are so many people who sell really good quality clothing at lower prices than they are if you were to purchase them brand new.
- Only purchase products you need not want- When you go clothes shopping, only purchase clothing you know that you need in your wardrobe and will actually wear compared to clothes you like and will only wear once or twice.
- Sell clothing or give to charity- If you’ve got your full use out of a piece of clothing and there is still use to the piece, either sell it on Depop or give it to charity so someone else can get their use out of it for half the price of buying it in store. Recycling clothing to other people is so good for the environment and usually you can’t buy these pieces on the high street so there unique.
I hope you found this interesting, thank you!