Ok I’ll admit it, I LOVE shopping and could happily spend hours browsing the rails…
But recently I’ve been thinking a bit deeper about where and how I shop, and I’m trying to make the process a little bit more environmentally friendly.
Now that I’m trying to be a bit more ethical, I thought I would share five of my top tips for shopping in a more ethical way, I hope you enjoy them!
Buy from ethical clothing lines
H&M’s conscious range is one of my favourites, so where I can I will buy from it. Shopping from a range that is partly recycled makes me feel a lot better about buying new pieces and everything is such high quality I know it will last in my wardrobe.
TOMS One for One campaign is also amazing, it feels great to know that by buying a pair of shoes you’re giving a pair to somebody less fortunate.
Give what you take
Whenever I treat myself to a couple of new pieces, I make sure I sift through my wardrobe and give a few pieces away to a charity shop. I find this way, not only do I free up space in my wardrobe but I am also able to give some of my good quality clothes to some local charity shops.
It’s much better to give your clothes to a charity shop instead of keeping them and not wearing them/throwing them away and I try to give at least 25% of my wardrobe away every six months or so.
Buy what you need, not what you want
This isn’t something I’ve always done, but it’s something I’m going to do more of this year. There’s so much temptation (especially when it comes to sale time) to buy whatever takes your fancy, but I find when I do that the majority of my wardrobe goes unworn.
Now, I’m only going to buy what I need, instead of feeding into the culture of ‘fast fashion’ and appreciate the pieces I do have in my wardrobe more.
Don’t underestimate charity shopping
I’ve found some of my favourite clothing items in charity shops and I truly believe they’re a brilliant place to pick up a bargain while also helping a charity out. Pick your charity shop carefully (I tend to visit ones in the Notting Hill and Putney area) as you’re more likely to find items you’ll fall in love with.
Also, keep your eyes peeled for some designer bits and pieces, I once spotted a pair of Gucci loafers for a fraction of their sale price (I was gutted when they were way too small for me)!
Be kind to shop staff
This is a big one for me, especially because I spent a year working in retail while I was studying for my A-Levels. Treat shop staff with a bit of compassion, as you would wish to be treated, and it will honestly make their day a lot easier and more enjoyable.
Shopping ethically isn’t just about what you’re buying, it’s about where and how you’re buying it, so give the staff the respect and kindness they deserve.