Where to find ethical fashion in London, UK
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Decided to give charity shops a try but not sure where to start? Ok everyone’s had the experience of walking into a charity shop and being hit with a wall of stale, pungent air that conjures up an image of the recently deceased. Pushing past this, and breathing as little as possible, you may haveContinue reading “Charity shop thrifting tips”
Loads of ethical clothing brands in one place in a London shop Know The Origin is a UK marketplace which curates hundreds of sustainable and ethical clothing. Best thing is they now have a pop up store in Angel, London open until at least Sep 2021. Location Angel Central, Angel, London Men and women’s wearContinue reading “Know the Origin”
London is massive and full of charity shops – where are the best areas to plunder? If you don’t have cash to splurge, charity shops are a goldmine – here are some locations with good clusters. Angel, Islington Location Angel tube station Angel is a gorgeous area to wander around because of the period houses,Continue reading “Charity shop thrifting in London”
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Why should I care about fast fashion?
What is fast fashion? Why is it bad? What’s the alternative? Join the revolution in sustainable shopping!
Go to any town or city in Britain and you’ll find the same thing – a high street packed with shops offering a dizzying array of affordable clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. An ever changing offering of new styles each season. And that’s not to mention the feast available online. Is this a dream come true for those of us who love fashion? With all this choice what’s the problem?
What is fast fashion?
Of the myriad of items available to us, how many of them are well made, gorgeous pieces that make us feel amazing and can be treasured in our wardrobes indefinitely? It’s not hard to see that the majority are badly made from cheap, artificial fabrics that will soon date and end up on landfill to be replaced by more of the same. Welcome to fast fashion.
What’s the problem?
Where do all these clothes come from and why are they so cheap? By using cheap, synthetic fibres and outsourcing production to developing countries, fashion manufacturers reduce the costs required to make clothes.
Synthetic fibres not only look cheap and feel uncomfortable, they are essentially made from plastic, so every piece that’s discarded contributes to plastic waste dumps. and ocean pollution. Just think about the amount of clothes sold per year in the UK alone and imagine what that amounts to.
But worse is the consequence for the thousands of human beings who make these clothes, working long hours for menial wages in unsafe conditions. On 24 April 2013, the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which housed five garment factories, killed at least 1,132 people and injured more than 2,500. Sadly this is not an isolated incident.
By buying fast fashion we are contributing to the pollution of the planet and damaging the lives of people in the developing world.
What’s the alternative?
Gorgeous timeless designs that are made to fit your body and make you feel amazing. Luxurious fabrics that feel soft, hang beautifully and let your skin breathe. Yes a bit more expensive and yes there won’t be so many changes each season but you will know that with every purchase the person who made your item will have worked in a safe environment and have been paid fairly for their work. Luckily the market supplies what the customer demands so let’s join together and demand better!
Join the revolution in sustainable shopping!
Fast fasion is everywhere but if we look closer we can find alternatives. I started this blog to document the findings of my search for sustainable and ethical fashion. Whether that’s slow fashion brands, vintage, thrifting or making your own.
I’m based in London and my dream is to be able to feast on a department store of clean fashion where I know that everything I try on is sustainably sourced.
Got some tips, suggestions or know of some good brands? I’d love to hear from you.