That’s a question I (and my friends) ask myself quite a lot. The whole clothing industry is so confusing, there are so many steps and different producers, deadlocks and fog around the topic, that it’s hard to buy something with the certainty that it and all parts of it have been produced under safe and fair conditions. Are you safe if you just spend more money on your clothes?
The sad truth is: no, you’re not. Everything that’s being sold on the High Street, no matter whether it’s Primark, Zara, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger or Nike, is produced under fair conditions. It doesn’t matter what they put on the label, all companies produce in the same factories. Just remember the horrible burning factories a few years ago – the retailers that were producing there came from all areas of the price range.
Does that mean there’s no hope anyway? We can just save money and go to Primark since it’s all the same anyway? That’s not what I’m trying to say. Because if people continue to shop at Primark (or other really cheap companies, Primark is just always the first one that comes to mind) that puts further pressure on the market and the price. In return, other companies will try to put down their prices even further. And I’m almost certain they won’t save with their own profits but with the workers wages and conditions. If we continue to shop as cheap as possible we will continue to devaluate fashion and its real price.
As a part of my living a bit more environmentally conscious this year (next to going vegetarian + avoiding conventional retail) I also want to try to use as many organic and preferably vegan cosmetics as possible. Sadly I’m often struggling with allergies, especially when it comes to natural cosmetics, so I always have to be careful about what I’m using (getting dry skin and itchy eyes from your face cream is probably not the best outcome). Still, there’s some I’m already using and I can’t wait to try the following:
1 | Soapwalla Deodorant Cream
First of all, I’m not the biggest fan of natural/aluminium-free deodorant since it frankly just doesn’t work as good. Sadly, conventional deodorant is connected to a higher risk of getting breast cancer (among other things). I’ve read amazing reviews about this deodorant so far, so I can’t wait to give it a try soon.
2 | The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in The Right Mauves
I already own this lipstick in Enraptured Red (a darker shade of red perfect for winter) and can’t recommend it enough! It’s got a really nice texture and actually survives a whole day (if I’m not going out eating greazy food that is). A few weeks ago I tried my friends plum/mauve lipstick and loved it, so I have to get my own soon.
3 | The Body Shop Tea Tree Range
As with the lipstick above, I already own the Tea Tree BB Cream and I’m quite pleased with it. It keeps my skin clear without drying it out, the smell is fresh and nice and it lasts all day. I will definitely get the rest of the tea tree range once I use up the products I already have at home. By the way, don’t you just love the Body Shop? Best value for money with organic, fair cosmetics in my opinion.
New year, new you! What are your resolutions this year? I have one big one: Saying bye bye fast fashion. A new year often means cleaning up and letting go of old stuff. When it comes to our wardrobe, we are all craving simplicity and less stuff around, right? ‘Capsule’ or ‘five-item’ wardrobe are phrases that were everywhere in the blog world in the last year. I must admit though: The thought of spending hours and hours thinking about which 10 items I would like to wear for the next couple of months has always put me off the idea a bit.
Saying bye bye fast fashion this year
I’m trying a different approach on cutting back this year: I want to say bye bye fast fashion and stop shopping at regular stores this year. No more H&M, Zara, Topshop, you name it. We all kind of know about the horrors of the clothing industry, burning sweat shops, exploitation, but we still (or I at least) close our eyes, maybe just ban Primark from our shopping list and continue going to brands that are just as bad as Primark. I’m reading a really good and informative book at the moment about the fashion world. It’s been really eye opening so far and I definitely recommend it to everyone interested in the topic.
So in the New Year, I’m excited to go down a different route, say bye bye fast fashion and find new fair trade labels. Since both options are either pricey or time-consuming, I will have to cut back on buying new stuff as well. My overflowing closet will be happy as well ;)
I can’t wait to share the labels I find and new shopping tactics or facts with you guys. Is there anything you’d be interested in? Any features you’d like to read? And do you know of any great ethical labels you’d like to share? I’m all ears.
How is 2015 treating you so far?
My year (or – the past week) has been quite relaxing and fun, with lots of catch-up and brunch dates with friends, walks in the woods around our home and plans for the coming year. I’ve been staying at my parents home over the holidays, but tomorrow it’s back to Glasgow to write some exams and then – off to London! I’m both excited and terrified to live and work in one of the cities I’ve been dreaming about for ages and I know it will definitely be a season to remember. 2015 is going to be huge and I can’t wait to start making memories. I didn’t set any specific ‘goals’ this year, but here are a few things I want to start working towards:
1 | Give going vegetarian a serious go this time (instead of stopping again after a week).
2 | Take every opportunity to travel (as long as I can afford it).
3 | When clothes shopping, try and go secondhand or ethical and not buy High Street stuff.
4 | Volunteer locally once I’m back at home.
5 | Connect more and deeper with my friends and new aquaintances.
6 | Move for at least 30 minutes every day.
Did you set any goals this year? If you did, here’s some posts I found helpful in the past few weeks: