"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."
I have always had a deep love for animals and the planet. We as human animals often see the fact that we have a higher intellect as a reason to decide the faith of the animals we consume, use, and test on. I see this intellect as a responsibility we have to keep this planet as green and as happy as possible and to harm no animals, human or otherwise, in the process. Thrifting gives me the power to not contribute to the horrible practice that is fast fashion.
A great way to start your journey in ethical/sustainable fashion is working with what you have and slowly incorporating sustainable items. If you still need a fix for “trendy items” try visiting your local Goodwill and give an item a second life.
I'm starting to explore small ethical businesswoman that I feel comfortable supporting because I think supporting those who are doing it right is just as, if not more important, than "boycotting" fast fashion brands. I'm focusing on my mindsets that are potentially misguided and hoping to learn from others in this ethical community because I know that valuing those right in front of me also in this movement is just as important as trying to advocate for people I may likely never meet.
I find it so much more rewarding to have less clothing now. It has helped me figure out what I really want to be wearing and what my style really is, separate from the trendy clothes at fast fashion stores.