Currently a third of all microfibres polluting our marine habitats come from consumer's washing of synthetic garments. That's huge! And over half of all garments currently end up in landfill. I just hope that people can see that fast fashion is designed to make us spend money. There is no happiness in trying to keep up with the trends of these mega brands. Shopping sustainably has not only reduced my carbon footprint, but it has helped relieve my anxiety as I step away from the 'fast' lane.
"It goes beyond just fashion. It’s tied to so many other industries and issues—the environment, human rights, equality, representation, etc. Additionally, ethical/sustainable fashion is a spectrum and I think it’s important adapt a system that works sustainably for your lifestyle. There’s no right answer. Do your research."
At the beginning of May, despite not officially participating in the #May30x30, I decided to log my outfits for the entire month as an experiment to see how much of my closet I'm actually wearing. I don't have a strict numbered list of items and my last count in February had me with somewhere around 60 items in my ENTIRE wardrobe (this includes items I intend to sell / donate, seasonal wear and formal wear) and I really loved about 30 pieces that I counted as my capsule.
Plus size people are being left behind in the world of ethical fashion. Most ethical brands only carry up to a size L, which is around a US woman’s size 8-10. The average American woman is a size 16. What message does that give to the world? That in order to be ethical, you have to fit into a certain size range? It’s lame and there’s only a handful of companies doing it right.
The most sustainable fashion is wearing the clothes that you already own. Look into your wardrobe and extend the life of your clothing. Don't be afraid of people who seem to lead perfect zero waste lives (they don't) and are buying a lot of expensive ethical and sustainable fashion. You can make small, but effective, steps forward by re-wearing your own clothing. It starts with a really simple action.