Campaign groups like Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace are calling for the fashion industry to develop a circular, closed-loop structure that will see clothes made from durable, recyclable materials that will last longer and be more easily repaired. At home, we can help to mitigate the unhelpful messages that young people are exposed to, educating them about consumerism and living by example. For instance, we can:
- Repair or reuse clothes wherever possible
- Replace items only when necessary
- Shop second-hand wherever possible
- Swap clothes with friends
- Give outgrown children’s clothes away
- Give clothes that no longer fit to charity
Swapping clothes is a great way to breathe new life into your closet while being economical and eco-friendly. Why not host a swap party with your friends or attend one in your local area, like Bristol’s Little Green Wardrobe?
If you need to buy new clothes, buy from ethical retailers who are committed to fair and sustainable production, such as Thought Clothing, People Tree and Boden. Use the hashtag #whomademyclothes on social media to force brands to be transparent about their supply chains.