The Fashion Industry is the second largest polluter in the world! I personally find this both shocking and frightening. But fear not, as lots of companies in the industry are now trying to change how they do things. Many stores are recycling products, using organic fibres and generally trying to be more sustainable.
One site I recently came across sells only handmade ethical clothing, accessories and homeware from Independent designers in Africa. Granted, they’re not the cheapest products on the market, but they’re not that expensive either, especially when you consider they are handmade and are ethically produced. https://akojomarket.com/ Here is the link to the site if you fancy a look.
There are also, many high street store that are now thinking more consciously about their products. Both Zara & H&M sell conscious ranges. Stella McCartney has been making sustainable & ethically produced ranges since 2001. There are many smaller independent brands who also sell more sustainable or ethically produced ranges.
Many stores also now offer a recycling service. Monki will give you a 10% discount code if you take a bag into a store to be recycled. H&M will give you a £5 gift voucher if you take a bag of clothes to them and Zara has their ‘Join Life’ programme that allows you to take your unwanted clothes into store to be recycled.
There is also of course Ebay. Instead of buying new, why not try pre-loved. There is an abundance of current fashion items on Ebay that have only been worn once or twice, sometimes, not at all.
If we all make small changes to our shopping & recycling habits, we can make a difference. Why not give it a try…