The fast fashion industry produces over 92 million tonnes of waste per year, with this in mind, we could all benefit from investing less into fast fashion.
So how can we shop more sustainably?
If you’re looking for something specific, they are the perfect place to start.
You can search for a particular brand, colour or style etc. If you’re on a budget, you can set the apps to show you the least expensive items first.
As well as posting second hand clothing, people post new clothes (still with tags) that they have never worn. It is better to buy new clothes from one of these apps than from a Fast Fashion brand, as you won’t be supporting an environmentally and ethically damaging organisation; if you ever feel that you need to buy new clothes, using these apps is a much better choice.
Plus it’s a great way for you to save money!
2. Charity Shops
Charity shops are great for when you’re looking for basics such as T-shirts, jumpers and hoodies.
They’re also a great place for finding one of a kind pieces and hidden gems.
In addition, you can be sure that your money is going towards a good cause, which is something we should all value.
TOP TIP: When charity shopping, start by looking through pieces with materials and colours that stand out to you. It’s easy to get caught up on current trends but try to shop according to your own personal taste as well – this will never go out of style because it is unique to you.
Upcycling means altering something to make it better.
It can take a bit of learning if you have never upcycled before, but there are lots of easy and beginner ways to start.
YouTube and TikTok can be great learning tools. It can seem intimidating, but you don’t always need to be using a sewing machine or anything particularly complicated; sometimes a pair of scissors may be all that you need!
Here are some YouTube videos for inspiration and ideas:
4. Buying Sustainable Clothing Brands
There is a huge temptation to buy from fast fashion brands who sell their clothes for extremely low prices, but the truth is that these clothes are almost always very low quality.
Corners have been cut and ethics have been abandoned in order to make these clothes so cheap to buy.
Is it worth buying something cheap that you will have to replace often, or is it better to buy something more expensive that will last you forever?
The truth is that you have to decide this for yourself. No one should have the right to judge where others get their clothes, because there are many factors at play. Some people just don’t have enough money to invest in pieces from sustainable clothing brands. However, we can certainly all find ways to shop more sustainably.
Next time you’re thinking of buying something at a fast fashion store, ask yourself if it would be worth buying a more reliable piece from a place like Everlane, it may be more expensive, but it will last you forever – possibly saving you money in the long run.
More and more people are choosing to dress more sustainably every day. The more we create a demand for ethical and environmentally-friendly clothing, the more fast fashion will become an unlikely choice.
As consumers, we have the power to make a change by getting companies and corporations to listen to us.