For a while now I’ve been concerned about the pitfalls of the fast fashion industry – both the waste issues, as well as the humanitarian issues like sweatshops and low wage workers, and the environmental problems, like the high rate of pesticides used in the production of materials like cotton, and the harsh chemicals used in the creation of garments.
I’ve always purchased probably 50% of my wardrobe from secondhand clothing stores, but about 18 months ago, I decided to exclusively shop at secondhand stores for all my clothing from now on.
I always thought about it from a waste stream point of view – If I could purchase my clothing from the clothing already out there in the world, without contributing to the growing demand on the fashion market, I would be making a difference – however small.
But recently I watched the documentary The True Cost, and it got me thinking a whole lot more about the wider impacts of the fast fashion industry.
Like many other South-West UK zero-wasters, I was delighted to hear about the opening of Zero Green in Bristol recently.
The gorgeous and green shop was opened by two passionate women, Lidia and Stacey, who said:
“Zero Green came about for two reasons; firstly, we were both becoming frustrated about how much packaging there is on everyday items and our understanding of how much damage plastic, and specifically single use plastic, was doing to our planet. Secondly, we realised that if we wanted to see something done about it we would have to do it ourselves!
A couple of days ago, prominent Zero Waste YouTuber, Immy of Sustainably Vegan, who I have followed for quite some time now and absolutely adore, shared a post on Instagram revealing she was letting go of the term “Zero Waste” in favour of a new term, the “Low Impact Movement”.