by Helena Lester-Card
As it was World Earth Day on Saturday and Fashion Revolution Week has just begun (24th-30th of April), we wanted to have a little chat about sustainability and how we can all make changes to our lives to make a happier planet. To start with, let's talk fashion!
Shoes: Dr Martens
Top: Shop Easy Tiger
Boots: Dr Martens
Backpack: Skinny Dip
Earrings: No Basic Bombshell
Top: Discount Universe via Depop
Jeans: Vintage + customised
Bag: Skinny Dip
Boots: CAT footwear
Two piece: Vintage via Sassy World
Top: Vintage via Depop
Sunglasses: Vintage + customised
Boots: Vegan Dr Martens
PHOTOGRAPHER: Imogen Cork
Generally speaking, a lot of us often don't think about the back story of how our clothes were manufactured when purchasing new additions for our wardrobe and the impact the clothing industry has on our world. This is why movements like Fashion Revolution are so important and valuable. They give everyone a friendly nudge to think twice about fashion, emphasising that they don't want anyone to feel guilty, they just want to inspire you to make a change.
'Fashion Revolution is a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. We want to unite the fashion industry and ignite a revolution to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased, so that what the world wears has been made in a safe, clean and fair way.'
Sadly there are still factories abroad that force their workers into horrific conditions (some even lethal). These workers are being paid pennies just so we can have the latest trends for less than £20. Now we are definitely no angels, we're all guilty of snapping up some high street bargains every now and then but we are thrifty gals at heart and we want to spread awareness of being more conscious when it comes to spending habits.
Fashion Revolution encourage consumers to get in contact with brands and ask 'who made my clothes?' to help motivate companies to make a change. They don't advocate boycotting brands, they want to work together to have a bigger impact.
'Fashion Revolution Week is our #whomademyclothes campaign in April, which falls on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1138 people and injured many more on 24th April 2013. That is the day Fashion Revolution was born. During this week, brands and producers are encouraged to respond with the hashtag #imadeyourclothes and to demonstrate transparency in their supply chain.'
It's not just clothes that can cause detrimental effects to our lovely little planet so we have compiled a list of some ways you can make a change:
1. Switch to Ecosia search engine
This is a relatively new search engine that I recently discovered and have been using on my desktop and I personally think it's such a genius idea! I've been telling everyone about it. Basically they use profits from their ad revenue to help plant trees and so far I've contributed to planting over 260 trees! Consider it the eco friendly version of Google.
2. Shop vintage and second hand
You know we are thrifty gals through and through and we LOVE the buzz of finding a vintage gem at carboot sales or charity shops. It's also helping the planet by helping recycle clothes and contributing to charity.
3. Sell your unwanted clothes on Depop instead of chucking them away
We love a bit of Depop! It's such a good place to sell your clothes quickly and easily and we've also find some of our fave items of clothing and accessories on there.
4. Shop independent
Support your local girl boss! Most of the time they are making their designs themselves in house or have a small team they are in direct contact with helping them so you know exactly where your clothes are being made!
An obvi one but a goodie. Don't be lazy, make sure you recycle everything you can rather than just throwing it in the bin.
6. Eat less meat and dairy/go veggie or vegan
A controversial topic for some but there's no hiding the fact that the meat and dairy industry is causing huge damage to our planet so why not try cutting down or cutting it out altogether. There's tons of health benefits and you'll be contributing to making the world a greener place (plus saving the lives of lots of my animal friends) Go watch Cowspiracy on Netflix if you don't believe me!
7. Update old clothes by customising them
If you're bored of your clothes but want to save money/save wardrobe space then why not get crafty with it?! Grab some scissors, paint, glue, trimmings, patches or whatever you fancy and give your clothes a new lease of life. Check out some of our customised clothes in this blog post here.
Do you have any other ways you like to help our planet? Let us know! Stay woke people <3