Beauty & Fashion

A Year of Sustainable Fashion

I stopped setting New Years Resolutions a couple of years ago, instead opting for more manageable and achievable monthly goals instead. And whilst I still stand by that and don’t think I’d set New Years Resolutions again (cos let’s be honest, most of them are ridiculous. When am I ever going to take water skiing lessons in the middle of London?) there is SOMETHING that I want to do this year. And hopefully beyond.

Photo of a girl in a white shirt with a collar and floral detailing

First things first, I’m not going to pretend that I know basically anything about eco-friendly living or living sustainably. It’s not something I really thought about until the second half of 2019. Which I know, is NOT cool. I hold my hands up and say that for the longest time, I have SUCKED when it comes to eco-friendly living.

But of course over the last few years in particular, the urge for people to make eco-friendly changes has become much more urgent. With people like Greta Thunberg coming into the media and more bloggers like Glow Steady and Welsh Wanderer who are talking about Veganism and becoming more eco-conscious it’s hard not to sit up and pay attention anymore.

I do however believe that not everyone can do everything. We can’t save the world by ourselves. But I think every single person can do SOMETHING. Make one or two changes to their diet or lifestyle or shopping habits in order to do their bit to help. Imagine if EVERYONE did their bit?

So this year, I’ve decided on ONE resolution. A year of sustainable fashion.

I used the word fashion loosely because I’m not very fashionable. But I do often take the easy route when it comes to buying clothes. Boohoo was my best friend. Because they were cheap and convenient. Which I know now is a huge part of the problem. I was a huge part of the problem.

I came up with this goal around November, after watching THIS VIDEO from Hannah Witton, which is a fantastic place to start if you’re a beginner in sustainable fashion, like me. I’d heard the term sustainable fashion thrown around and knew bits and pieces of how damaging the fashion industry is for the environment thanks to Stacey Dooley’s ‘Fashion’s Dirty Secrets’ documentary.

But although I was hearing the facts and was shocked by them, I didn’t do anything about it. It wasn’t until late last year, like I said, that I really started looking into this more and wanting to change my own shopping habits as a consumer. I’m not Vegan. I’m not even Vegetarian. I needed to do my bit.

So this is me, holding myself accountable for not making changes sooner and admitting that I was part of the problem. But also telling you that this year… I’m going to change.

Starting with my year of sustainable fashion. I purchased my first item from depop in November last year, this gorgeous vintage shirt featured in the photos in the post. It was only £9 and I absolutely love it – I don’t think I’d have been able to find that on Boohoo. So for 2020:

No high street retailers or online shopping on Boohoo

These are often the biggest culprits. And fast fashion is always going to be a problem if the consumer (us) are always buying the products. Supply and demand. So this year, no more Boohoo or shopping in high street retailers.

More shopping in charity shops

Because not only might you find some gems, your money is also going to a good cause. It’s a win, win, in my opinion. So if there’s ever a time where I just FANCY a mooch, I’ll be heading straight for the charity shops instead.

eBay or depop for specific items

And if there’s anything in particular I’m looking for – such as when I was looking for a vintage style white shirt – I’ll be shopping second hand on depop or eBay. Where you’re much more likely to find unique items.

Researching sustainable brands

And I know that sometimes you’re going to NEED an item which perhaps isn’t second hand. So if that’s the case, I’ll be doing some research into sustainable brands for those staple items – even if it means they’re more expensive.

Re-selling or donating items

I’m also going to make a more conscious effort to re-sell or donate any of my clothing items I no longer want, instead of throwing them away. I’m using depop a lot more lately, so hopefully that’ll be a success!

My only exception here is underwear. However if anyone knows of any sustainable underwear brands, please do let me know about them! I’m actually really excited to change my fashion habits in 2020 and beyond. Fashion was something I actually started to enjoy a bit more again in the tail end of 2019 so I’d be keen to make this a more prominent feature on my blog going forward.

So here we are. My first proper venture into living more eco-consciously. Feel free to leave me suggestions in the comments and I’d love to hear your experiences with eco-friendly fashion! Pin this post for later:

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121 Comments

  1. Brooke Perry says:

    Love this post! Definitely need to be more conscious!! I’ve also got a post about sustainable shopping if anyone wants to check it out x

  2. i absolutely love your idea of sustainable fashion for a year , as a fashion design aspirant i deeply understand the urgency of this. We all should make such resolution to contribute not only to the society but to our enviroment as well. This also inspires me to write about sustainable fashion.

  3. It’s so great that you’re trying to be more eco-friendly! Depop is a great place to find cool items, but I’m also attempting to sell a lot of things I don’t wear but it’s quite difficult to sell them!

  4. Another awesome post! I’m so motivated by your take on sustainable fashion and I’m hoping to do something similar too.

    1. Thank you! It’s a great thing to do!

  5. I love and truly believe in sustainable fashion. Thanks for this great work! Makes me want to learn more about it and publish.

  6. This is so great; 🌏

  7. Love this, I’m on my own journey of sustainable fashion, how are you getting on?

  8. Thanks for sharing this amazing article.

  9. This is brilliant! I’m about to embark on a new active wear brand/business and it’s going to be both sustainable and ethical so this article make me very happy 🙂

    1. That’s amazing to hear!

  10. I absolutely love, love, LOVE this! I’ve been participating in my own form of a shopping ban for over two years now. Cheers!

    1. That’s amazing!

  11. @wallerswearing says:

    This is a great idea! I really like these kind of movements but I would really struggle to be completely “eco friendly”! I actually have an ongoing goal on “recycling” my wardrobe! I’ve set a ban on buying clothes (personally – I still need to buy for my daughter when she needs of course). Instead, for myself I’m recycling clothes that I have had for years and putting them together in outfits that otherwise would have stayed at the back of my wardrobe! Maybe not at eco friendly as your movement, but a step in the sustainable direction :).
    Please head over to my blog! Today I published an article on my top 5 must have men’s shoes! This was a challenge keeping to such a reduced number but again with this kind of “less is more” mindset! Thanks for your article l!

    1. Definitely a good step! xx

  12. Thanks for the post. I started my sustainable fashion journey last year, and have been enjoying researching and charity shop shopping. The thing I found difficult to get was new jeans when mine no longer worked. I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I did.
    Emily
    http://emilygoeseco.home.blog/2020/02/13/making-better-choices-in-denim/

    1. I can imagine jeans are a bit of a nuisance!

  13. Good for you! I have often felt I have more clothes than I need and it’s definitely time to donate more to people who really need them. I love shopping at consignment stores as well! Thank you for giving me some inspiration for 2020!
    -Brittani/ beoneofakindness.com

    1. So glad you felt inspired by this!

  14. a must read!!

  15. Emily Ann says:

    Ooh I love this! This is exactly what I’m trying to do this year too! I have a friend who’s a genius at shopping at thrift stores, so I’m going to try to wrangle her when I know I need to show for some “new” clothing. I agree that if we all do our part, in our own ways, we can really help this planet, our health, and the rest of the people who live here too. We just have have to make the effort! Let us know how your sustainable fashion journey goes!

    Emily | http://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

    1. I’m glad you’re looking into this too! It’s going well so far – I’ll be doing a half year update!

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