Fast fashion may be fun when you’re in the market for a new look.
But did you know that our urge to stay ‘on trend’ is having a serious impact on the environment?
- According to Greenpeace, clothing consumption is expected to rise from 62 million tons today to 102 million tons in 2030.
- The average person buys 60% more items of clothing and keeps them for about half as long as 15 years ago.
- The carbon emissions generated by the clothing of the average UK household is equivalent to driving an average modern car 6,000 miles. (WRAP 2011)
- The UK disposes of 350,000 tonnes (£140 million worth) of clothing in landfills every year. (Greenpeace 2017)
So rather than buying new, why not head to your local charity shop, donate your unwanted clothes, hunt out some bargains and help a good cause at the same time?
Some shops, such as Oxfam, even sell online and have some amazing vintage treasures.
Another great way to save the environment (and an excuse to fill up your wardrobe without feeling guilty) is to go to a car boot sale. Car boot sales are all around the world and a good way way to snag a bargain or two!