My last couple of posts have been about sustainability and shopping so, I’m combining the two. It can be hard in a world of fast fashion and ever-changing trends to find ethically made products to buy but there are a few things you can do that make your shopping trip a bit eco-friendlier.
Plastic free – Plastic is an enemy against the planet and so trying to cut it out of your shopping is essential. Where you can, find products that don’t contain any plastic and also try to find products that come with plastic free packaging. Ordering online comes with loads of unnecessary packaging so instead shop in store, when shopping in store you should try using a bag for life instead of buying a plastic carrier bag.
Second hand – Buying second hand is a great way to reduce the amount of damage things like the fashion industry do. Vintage stores, charity stores and second-hand stores are a perfect place to find good quality and unique items while also doing your part for the environment. Even using online stores like Depop and Ebay is better than using fast fashion stores.
Stop buying fast fashion – I know a lot of people who wear an item once that they have bought from a fast fashion website and then get rid of it. To be ethical, you need to stop doing this. People don’t actually care if you outfit repeat and it is much better for the environment and your bank account if you buy good quality items that last longer than one night out. I know it’s not always possible to find items you want from other stores so instead of just throwing out your outfit after wearing it, keep it for another occasion.
Repurpose – Another way to be good to the planet and save yourself some money is to repurpose. So, instead of throwing out your old clothes just give then a fix. You can dye them/cut them/sew them into something new. The same goes with other old items. Your finished candle can become a jar for your makeup brushes, your old furniture can be fixed up to look like the new one you want, you can cut pictures out of old books/calendars/magazines to hang around your house.
So, these are just a few ways to help make your shopping a bit eco-friendlier. There are many more ways in which you can help the planet while shopping but its all about easing into it, this will help you make more and more changes to your life.
‘sustainability has to be a way of life to be a way of business’ ~ Anand Mahindra
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