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Ditching Fast Fashion

I like many others enjoy expressing myself through clothing and accessories. It's a joy, a habit and a hobby. Who doesn't want to look and feel good in what they are wearing? Who doesn't want to feel good when they walk out the door and share themselves with the world?

But, since I've had my son (6 years ago) my way of thinking has begun to change. The things that were so important to me before becoming a mother I have found are far less important. I have seen the world through a child's eyes again and it's quite inspiring.

For the past 6 years I have been dabbling. With a renewed love of the natural world around me and a more conscious mindset that our planet needs a helping hand I have been sourcing more eco friendly options for different things around our home. Swapping bottles of shampoo and shower gel for soap bars and shampoo bars (with recyclable packing or no packaging at all). I've opted for Ecover laundry detergent in an effort to bring less chemicals into our home as well as opting for natural kitchen and bathroom cleaners. I've made many other trades too, but the one thing I have failed at doing is completely stopping my shopping habits. And by shopping habits I mean clothes, shoes and accessories.

Don't get me wrong, I am better at it. I occasionally take a wander through a charity shop or scroll through Vinted and have left with many a bargain for myself or my son. In fact my son has been clothed in high end high street brands or luxury brands for most for his life and when I do have to buy something new for him it means I can head into the M&S kids section where the clothes are of better quality and buy him items from there because I've saved money not buying other things at RRP for him. And those second hand buys actually last longer than the clothes brought new from from places like Primark where the quality is so poor. Now that's a thought isn't it.

So this year I am making a conscious effort to ditch fast fashion (except where necessary like buying my sons new school clothes in August ready for September).

I am doing away with shopping apps like Asos and deleting them from my phone. But keeping apps like Vinted, Depop and EBay because they are my new weapons on choice.

Plus I'll be reading 'How to break up with fast fashion' by Lauren Bravo (and keeping it with me as my go to book for the year ahead.

I'll keep you posted with how it's going throughout the year.

But for now, let me ask you... What will you be doing to make yourself more eco friendly?

Until next time,

Charlotte xx

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