Writing this, as someone in the fashion industry, is somewhat tricky. Can an industry that relies on the turnover of clothes and a need for the new, really be sustainable?
Yes, I buy a lot of clothes. but I also love them. And hand on heart I have never thrown away any of my clothing. I pass onto friends and family, I donate to charity, I sell online or I do carboot sales. I love the idea of re-circling items and someone wearing something I have fallen out of favour with, and that person getting a little bargain along the way, too!
Anyway, I thought I’d mention a few new places that have appeared on my radar that are doing good things in terms of recycling and with a baby, now, I really understand the concept of a quick turnover clothes-wise, so have included a few new kids ones, too:
This is a bit like letting you in on a really exciting secret, as it hasn’t launched yet (set for the 21st September!). But this is a site dedicated to the exclusive resale of Influencer’s clothing, encouraging bloggers to remain eco-friendly, their clothes to have a longer lifespan and allow shoppers to get hold of sold out Ganni for a more affordable price. Everyone’s a winner.
There will limited time only sales, so you can sign up here to be notified, you’ll also get two hours of preview shopping before the site goes live to the general public on the morning of the 21st.
Set up by an ex Fashion Director and Fashion Stylist, this a such a clever concept for a kidswear store – you buy a product you love and when you’re ready to sell (or your child has grown out of it), send it back to them to resell and you get a voucher to re-shop. The only downside is that the smallest size is age 2 so Peggy will have to wait a little while!
Now obviously we all know about charity shopping, but I only recently discovered Fara for secondhand kidswear. They have 26 general stores and 14 for kidswear and it’s wonderfully edited: I picked up some baby Zara and brand new Gap for under £5 and friends have found Bonpoint, Baby Bjorn bouncers and Nike Air Max for kids!
All of Peggy’s clothes are recycled and reused, she wears all of her cousins’ old clothing and everything she has grown out of goes into the loft to pass on again.
This is the kind of thing you won’t have heard of until you have a baby, we didn’t even do NCT but everyone told us about these sales, it’s another perfect cycle where parents’ sell on no longer needed clothes/toys/gadgets which they don’t have space for and new parents can access products and clothes for a fraction of the price. Members (who pay a yearly fee) can access the sales early but other than that, they’re open to the public, but there are also lots of alternative Facebook pages for local communities, which have a similar system.
Without going into too much detail, as I feel I’ve covered these sites a lot on my blog in the past, my top ones are Vestiaire, eBay, Tictail (where I sell my old clothes, mainly ones that no longer fit post baby – and 10% of all sales go towards Alzheimers UK) and Gumtree (we use this more for furniture, especially with the new house).
And there are small things we can do on a daily basis, too.
Obviously, there are websites like Recycle Now that can offer help with recycling and finding your nearest textile banks, for example, shops like H&M offer vouchers in exchange for dropping off a bag of clothes, most charities take used stamps (I’ve been sending mine to the RSPB for years!), most coffee shops offer a discount if you take your own cup (you save 50p on a coffee in Pret) and Garnier are teaming up with Terracycle to help recycle used shampoo and beauty bottles.
If anyone has any other recommendations, please share in the comments and let’s try and keep this from just being a ‘fashionable’ topic at the moment and keep the circle going.