Sustainability isn’t something I’ve discussed too much on the blog so far but it’s a topic I’ve been becoming increasingly interested in over the last year or so. I’ve been toying with this slightly extreme idea for a while and after watching Stacey Dooley’s fantastic documentary Fashion’s Dirty Secret’s last month I’ve decided to go for it. So, here’s introducing the #NoNew19 Shopping Challenge…
For the whole of 2019 I will buy no new clothes, shoes or accessories whatsoever; just secondhand, upcycled or repaired. For a whole year! Told you it was a bit extreme, didn’t I? There will, however, be a couple of exceptions such as underwear and possibly school uniform if I can’t get hold of any secondhand.
I thought about doing the challenge for a month rather than a year but how much impact would that really have? How much of a challenge would it really be to refrain from buying clothes for a few weeks? Now, I’m not claiming that shutting down my Next account and deleting the ASOS app will save the planet but it will certainly help, and if I can prove it’s possible and maybe even inspire you to cut back on the Primark hauls then that’s a win in my book. Every little helps, right? (This post is not sponsored by Tesco!)
I would love you to join in with this! If you need any persuading please do check out Fashion’s Dirty Secret’s for some scary facts and have a read of Ruth Macgilp’s great blog for some more reading/watching ideas. At the risk of sounding like a preachy lentil weaver, we really do need to get our head out of the sand when it come to this issue. The fast fashion industry is having a massive impact on our planet; as Lucy Siegle says “Fashion pollutes at source, extracting and processing raw materials thousands of miles away, plunging communities and landscapes – who Dooley visits – into ecological crisis.”
When it comes to your bank balance fast fashion might not cost the earth, but in terms of our future it will literally cost us the earth!
If a whole 12 months seems a little overwhelming (believe me, I understand!) then why not commit to 3 months, 6 months or even every other month throughout the year? Something is always better than nothing so don’t put too much pressure on yourself, just do what you can. And please do use the hashtag so we can share and encourage eachother!