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Ethical Fashion & Shopping More Consciously

July 26, 2019
Ethical Fashion and Shopping More Consciously

*This post contains a sponsored link from Micolet*

I’m well and truly on an ethical bandwagon and to be fair, I think there’s worse bandwagons I could be on on at the moment. Socks and Sandals? Ugg boots? Cocaine? You get the idea.

I haven’t had my little educational head on for quite some time. But, with the help of ethical lifestyle blogger Bethany and her awesome podcast, I’ve been learning a whole shed ton.

Climate change and our environmental crisis have been at the forefront over the past few weeks and rightly so. It only took one David Attenborough programme for me timbers t’shiver (too pirate?) and really think about what we’re doing to the planet.

That guy. The Attenborough effect. It’s real yano.

I wrote my 5 Beginner Steps To A More Eco-Friendly Lifestyle before I’d watched the show and afterwards I initially screamed inside, ‘I NEED TO DO MORE’. After the panic settled, and with the help of Bethany’s podcast I mentioned above, I’ve educated myself on things I can do to better myself without making life-changing slowly but surely.

So today, we’re talking about FAS-HUN. Ethical fashion that is. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done so, hasn’t it? I used to post my outfits quite regularly but to be honest, I fell outta love with my whole wardrobe.

Anything that wasn’t plisse pants and a t-shirt wasn’t getting to see sunlight. ANYWAY. Here are a few ways that you can make your clothes shopping habits that little bit more earth friendly.

Ethical Fashion - Shopping More Consciously

SHOP SECOND HAND

First stop, Depop. Although you’re buying fast fashion brands and those that don’t exactly operate ethically, you’re not doing it directly which most definitely isn’t as bad!

Depop holds a whole host of marvellous second hand clothes, some of which haven’t even been worn, for a fraction of the retail price. Whether you’re into vintage pieces or ASOS, there’ll be something there for ya.

It just takes a little bit of looking through! But they’re not the only one, you can find lots of online stores that sell second hand clothing, like newbie Micolet.

Second hand shopping has always been associated with charity shopping. This to most can seem a bit, I dunno, smelly? Uncomfortable? Grandma-esque?

BUT. It’s basically an offline Depop.

Yeah, there’s a bunch of stuff in there that most definitely isn’t going to tickle your fancy, but with a bit of looking you could pay a tenner for a Topshop dress that was once £40+!

Yes – that happened to me!

SHOP ETHICAL FASHION

If you’re note into the second hand kinda stuff, that’s ok. I’m all ears over here to hear as to why, each to their own and all that jazz.

Another alternative to being a little bit more kind to the planet is to shop ethically and this may take some getting used to and getting your teeth into.

I’m not gonna sugar coat it, buying ethically conscious fashion isn’t cheap. You ain’t seeing no Primark prices here but Primark is so cheap due to the terrible pay and conditions it’s workers are in, as well as the quality of the materials.

How many pairs of tights have you ripped in the first wear? Cos god damn I have!

Ethical fashion is different for different brands but they are brands that consciously make an effort to have less of a harmful impact on the environment.

This may take a little bit of Google-ing to find brands that you like and are more ethical, but it’s worth it.

I’m just waiting to purchase ALL of the Lucy & Yak range.

BUY LESS

Yeah. How obvious is THIS one?!

I remember a few years ago, when I was well and truly into my fashion blogging. Putting posts out every other week on the types of things I was wearing but I soon fell into that trap.

That trap of having to keep up with every gosh-darnit trend that was circulating. That trap of picking up so many things that you didn’t really need because you didn’t wanna be seen in that dress again?

It seems like such an obvious statement, but buying less means you’re doing just that little bit more by not contributing to this dangerous consumer cycle.

Think of the pieces you are buying, is it a one-hit wonder or do you think you’ll get your use out of it?

God, the cost-per-wear of some of my clothes must be right down to pennies, but at least I know they are well loved pieces of clothing!

So, how are we all feeling about shopping more ethically? Anyone ready to give it a try?

Megan. xo

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