"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."
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.
One day I was looking at my work room and it was flooded with fabric and scraps all over---I realized that I am part of the industry that is polluting the environment. From that day onwards I made sure that every scrap on the floor was used. I started a zero waste policy and made sure that my tailors who worked for me were paid fairly well and I started slowing down.
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.