5 Tips To Being Sustainably Aware

Hello hunnis. šŸ’… Given the latest documentary on BBC – Fashion’s dirty secret – I thought I would share a few tips with you guys on how we, together, can be sustainable when it comes to fashion.

I’m not going to sit here and preach and lie to you guys by saying I don’t give in to fast fashion. I do. I love clothes. I love new clothes. I love buying clothes, and I often don’t like to wear the same thing more than twice. However, I think there’s stuff that we can all do – and its the little changes that count towards the big change – to cut down on the amount of clothes we buy and throw away.

Stacey’s documentary was a real eye opener. She talks about the impact fast fashion is having on our environment, and the living conditions in which communities have to live in due to the pollution created from clothing factories near by. But what Stacey doesn’t tell us is how WE can improve/change it. Instead she rings and ambushes huge organisations that are obviously not going to react – due to the kind of  ‘journalist’ tactic she uses- and expects a statement, what? over the phone? or at a fashion conference? hmm, I don’t think so. And don’t get me wrong I thought it was a great documentary, but Stacey could of touched a lot more on how we as a community can help decrease the use of ‘throw away’ fashion.

So, here are some of my tips to live a more sustainable life:

Tip 1. Re-work.

Why not take the clothes you already have and try to cut and change them? Don’t be afraid to experiment! For example, instead of buying a new pair of cycling shorts cut up an old pair of leggings. That way you are staying on trend, and you are being environmentally friendly.

Tip 2. Indulge in clothes belonging to your partner/housemates/friends etc…

Recently I have been borrowing clothes off my boyfriend. Pieces I love styling are his shirts, specially the white ones, they are over-sized which gives me enough room to tie them up and do the ‘off the shoulder’ look. And If you’re fed up of your old clothes you can even do a clothes swap with a friend. Or never shy away from asking someone to borrow a piece, at the end of the day it is saving you money and our little planet.

Tip 3. Before you buy sleep on it!

One rule I always have is ‘sleep on it before you buy’. Sometimes we get all these urges to go out and spend money on clothes we will A. never wear or B. wear once and throw it into the back of the cupboard and never see it again. I used to do that, a lot! Instead what I do now is window shop, try on clothes, and come back after a day or two just to make sure it wasn’t an impulse buy. This has saved me from buying pieces just for the sake of buying, which means I spend less money on clothes and more on being sustainable.


Please make the most out of these stores, you are not only helping the planet, but you are also providing money towards people who need it most. You guys know I am no strange to shopping in charity shops. I get a huge adrenaline rush when I find a piece I really love, because the ‘searching’ makes it more fun.

Tip 5. Be more cautious when buying jeans

As Stacey pointed out Jeans have one of the highest water footprint. Almost 20,000 liters of water is used for only one pair of jeans, which is insane when you actually think about it. On the upside,  we are starting to see a lot of companies being made aware of this issue and as a result companies such as Levis have started to put things into place towards becoming more sustainable. Read here. 

So please do think twice before buying a new pair of jeans. You can think about shopping for some in charity shops or vintage store, there is so many cool places you can visit here in Belfast.

Bonus tip – This year for Halloween instead of buying a costume see if you can reuse someone else. Maybe you can re-work some of the clothes you already have. Ask a neighbor, ask a friend, maybe they have a spare costume lying around. And just make sure that this year you donate your costume to charity instead of throwing it away.

*PS Photo is not mine

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