Our closets impact the environment more than we might realise it. The fashion industry produces 10% of all humanity’ s carbon emissions, making it the second-largest consumer of the world’s water supply. A report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation states that if the fashion sector continues on its current trajectory, that share of the carbon budget could jump to 26% by 2050!* These figures are simply petrifying! And the worst thing is, the list goes on and on.
This year, I am supporting the fight against fast-fashion by challenging myself to break free from buying new clothes. Here are my terms and conditions on this challenge:
- Shop my own closet
I don’t own that many clothes, as I have been mindful with my shopping habits in the past few years, or at least, I think I have been… However, I do still own lots of clothes that I have rarely been worn. My goal is to wear everything I own this year.
- Care and repair
This one is self-explanatory. Care for my clothes like the good friends they are and repair when possible instead of buying new.
My sewing machine has been patiently waiting for me to take this resolution. I challenge myself to refashion certain clothing items into something new. Fingers crossed I still remember how to use my sewing machine.
- Second-hand shopping and clothes swaps are allowed
In case of work events, weddings or whatever occasion that might need an outfit or accessory I don’ t own, I will allow myself to borrow clothes from friends, buy second-hand clothes or find outfits at clothing swaps.
- Socks, shoes, underwear, sports and swimwear
These items are my exception from the not buying new rule. If absolutely needed throughout the year, I pledge to buy these items from ethical and sustainable brands.
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