5 Ways To Shop More Sustainably
Published 23 September 2019
Written by Sarah

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5 Ways To Shop More Sustainably

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Sustainability is a bit of buzz word at the moment, with climate strikes happening all over the world the realisation is dawning upon us all that we need to change our habits. From what we eat to how we travel, there’s so many small steps we can take to reduce our environmental impact, but one of the biggest problems is how we shop – the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world second only to oil. So what can you do to help?

Shop Second Hand

Whether you’re hunting down a bargain in a charity shop or looking for a hidden gem in a vintage store, one of the best ways to shop sustainably is by buying second hand. Not only will you stop these items ending up in landfill, but you’re guaranteed not to be wearing the same H&M dress as everyone else…

Look At The Labels

Single-use plastic is one of the biggest issues the planet is currently facing, so when you’re out shopping look at the label for the contents – polyester, nylon and rayon are all types of plastic. Natural fibres like organic cotton, silk and wool, are all biodegradable and much better for the environment.

Buy Less, Buy Better

Fast fashion is one of the biggest problems in the fashion industry – it’s estimated that more than half of all clothing purchases are thrown out in less than a year. So invest in fewer pieces, think about buying things that won’t only benefit your wardrobe, but also local designers and manufacturers.

Repair Your Clothes

The reason a lot of us throw out clothes is that they get a hole in, don’t fit anymore or just not looking their best, and even if you’re not good with a sewing machine, there’s lots of people out there who can fix your clothes. So before you say goodbye to that beloved pair of trousers that are too big round the waist – take them to the seamstress at your local dry cleaners.

Stop Impulse Shopping 

Most bad decisions when shopping come when you don’t take time to think about it, and then it ends up sitting in your wardrobe with the tag left on it for the next year. So try to avoid the impulse and think about when you’d wear it, what you’d wear it with and if you really need it!

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