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.
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.