Shopping more thoughtfully
With us launching our sale this week and the word ‘sale’ popping up in pretty much every email I am receiving at the moment, I thought that this would be the perfect time to talk about thoughtful shopping and some of things I consider before making a clothing purchase – even if it is on sale.
If you haven’t already seen it, we have our own mantra ‘Wear Me, Love Me, Mend Me, Pass Me On’. It is all about looking after your clothes, making them last for longer and ensuring that they never make it to landfill – one of the biggest polluters in the Western World.
I’ve listed a few small steps I follow to being a more conscious consumer. Read on for my top thoughtful shopping tips…
A Thoughtful Shopping Guide
1. Buy quality over quantity
As a producer of slow fashion, we make clothing to last, and although you might pay a bit more, it’s not something you’re going to throw away at the end of the season. In the UK an estimated £100 million worth or around 350,000 tonnes of used clothing goes to landfill every year.
2. Make sure you love it!
If you’re unsure about a purchase then why not ask yourself these simple questions… How you will wear the garment? What will you wear it with? Will you wear it at least 30 times? Is it a trend that may go out of fashion or is a classic? Is it made to last? Is it easy to care for?
3. Learn how to repair
With simple techniques like darning and patching no longer being passed down the generations, it’s up to us to go out and seek these skills. Thankfully there’s lots of support out there thanks to charities like TRAID and numerous online tutorials that provide step-by-step help to ensure your clothes last for longer.
4. Spare a moment for the workers
When I see an item of clothing at a particularly low price it makes me think about how it’s been made, who is making it and the conditions they are making it in. We only have to think about the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh and many similar incidents to remind ourselves that for every penny squeezed someone is impacted.
For more information on how you can prolong the life of your clothing, or put them to the best possible use if you are going to part with them, check out our thoughtful clothing after care tips.
If you have any thoughtful shopping tips of your own then please let us know by commenting below.