As winter begins, and the Christmas season approaches, getting all your new essentials such as jackets or huge oversized jumpers is something many look forward to at this time of year. Changing your wardrobe can really help people to feel gathered as they start to enter a new part of the year. However, finding your festive favourite outfits can be done without contributing to a certain controversial industry. In short, you can sort your winter wardrobe without feeding fast fashion.
What is the Fast Fashion Industry?
The fast fashion industry massively contributes to climate change and waste production due to the large amount that is spent on creating new outfits and mass shipments.
This is due to the production of clothes using a huge amount of natural resources, as well as creating an enormous amount a greenhouse gas emission.
It has been estimated that the fashion industry itself is directly responsible for around 8 to 10% of global emissions according to the United Nations.
This is why it is vital to combat this issue in any way possible , and finding your new winter ‘fits or festive fashion is a great place to start.
If you are interested more about the effects of fast fashion, read this article linked below.
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How to Combat Fast Fashion
In short, stop buying new items. Using secondhand sites to buy or sell items is one of the most direct ways that each of us can help solve this problem.
Many apps have become available and free to the public in order to help combat this issue. With the most popular one probably being Vinted.
Here you can sell and buy many items and connect with people all over the world. This means that you are buying secondhand and so are not directly contributing to more fast fashion production.
Other sites that can also be really beneficial for this include Twig, eBay, and Depop.
Some people can be wary about using secondhand sites due to a fear of being scammed. But there is a way to combat this. Simply look at the reviews of people who are selling things, ask if tracking is available, and read the terms and conditions, as many sites provide cover for scams.
If you feel comfortable doing so, buying used clothes is far better for the environment and ensures every garment gets the love it deserves for far longer.
Securing a winter wardrobe without buying into fast fashion is more than just doable. It’s what we owe our planet.
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