With Stacey Dooley’s Fashion’s Dirty Secrets sparking conversation about the fashion industry’s environmental ethics and effects, there has (excitingly) been a surge in awareness of the role we have to play as individuals to, quite simply, do better for our planet and its people.
It’s not sustainable; it’s on borrowed time.
We’re producing over 100 billion new garments from new fibres every single year.
And the planet cannot sustain that.
Lucy Siegle in Fashion’s Dirty Secrets
I’m completely and utterly appalled by current statistics released about fast fashion and consumerism on the environment. Sure, it’s been spoken about for years, but as someone who recycles cardboard and doesn’t go around starting forest fires, I quite frankly never assumed that my day-to-day life had much of an impact on the planet.
There’s a lot for us to learn and when you’re as new to the topic as I am, it can be overwhelming and confusing as to where to look for information, not to mention solutions. We live such fast-paced lives that it’s unlikely we have a spare ten hours to scroll through endless articles on which brands are doing what.
So here’s a range of quick and easy ways to educate yourself on sustainability, the fast fashion industry, and what you can do to help. Whether you’re on the commute, spending an afternoon off or keen to follow accounts you can learn from, you’ll find something here that you do have time for.
A Documentary [1hr 32 mins]
The True Cost | Netflix
An extremely urgent and hard-hitting documentary that everyone needs to watch.
‘This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?’
A Blog Post [5-10 mins]
No Animals or People Harmed in the Making of This Outfit | Tolly Dolly Posh
This girl is so freakin’ cool, stylish and woke. She’s changing things in the fashion industry one post and interview at a time, and you’ve got to check out her blog.
A Twitter Account [5 mins+]
@SafiaMinney | Safia Minney
She’s the founder of ethical fashion brand The People Tree and all-round incredible woman. Hooray for awesome women doing amazing things!
A Podcast Episode [42 mins]
Ethical Fashion: What Is It and How Can I Do It? | The Debrief Podcast
These two are absolutely hilarious yet incredibly informative, and really tackle topics from a point of view we can all relate to.
A Book [A Week]
Slave to Fashion | Safia Minney
Safia’s book is filled with the truth behind who makes our clothes, what the fashion industry is doing to them and what we can do to improve their lives.
An Instagram Account [5 mins+]
@slow.styling | The Antithesis of Fast Fashion
The brilliant Vix set up this Instagram account yesterday to support and share women who are posting clothes that they’re restyling. It’s a mini revolution in the form of grid squares and I’m so excited about it.
An Organisation [10 mins+]
www.fashionrevolution.org | The Fashion Revolution
The Fashion Revolution is a movement that you’ll find impossible not to join and support. And with good reason – it’s vital.
Please do share tips, advice and related bloggers/blog posts who write about sustainability, ethical fashion, etc. – I’d love to connect!