When you purchase from a fast-fashion company, you are supporting illicit practices in other countries (whether that is forced labor, impractical working conditions, or textile waste) . So just be conscious of the next thing you buy and know that you don’t necessarily have to have it in that second. When you decide to overrule your impulse, you understand that you can take control of your life and help the lives of others. "
It was difficult to get a direct answer as I perused Google. I found a handful of different figures that give sort of a ballpark idea. According to a recent survey conducted of women's shopping habits, "It appears most women, on average, will spend somewhere between $150 and $400 on clothing on a monthly basis, which equates to approximately $1,800 to $4,800 per year." Credit Donkey states, "The average adult aged 25-34 spends $161 per month on clothing." ($1,932 per year).
"That sustainable fashion will always be a controversial topic, and you don’t have to stress about going completely zero waste and organic from one day to another. You can start living a more sustainable lifestyle little by little, by switching to ethical brands if your budget allows, or by shopping secondhand or shopping with a capsule wardrobe mindset.
"Do you care about the environment, people’s wellbeing, safety stands? Then shop ethically, and sustainably, and you’ll feel better for it, and you’ll be hooked. We shouldn’t be wearing fashion at the cost of people’s lives. We need to look at the big picture and not just what’s hanging in our wardrobes."
I feel like I have a lot of thoughts swirling around my head that I'm trying to get straight and orderly so I can share with you. I think addressing the benefits and challenges of this lifestyle and being involved in the ethical fashion community online, what I've learned so far and where I hope to go moving forward is probably a good place to start. It's been a wild journey since I started researching in January 2018, decided to take the plunge in June 2018, and started documenting my journey in November 2018.