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The increasing pressure to protect the plant’s scarce natural resources has never been so high, and adapting sustainable shopping habits is something we truly care about. Although some people worry that going more green might mean spending more money on sustainable textiles and products, it doesn’t always have to be that way!

Not only can shopping and adopting more sustainable habits help save the planet, but it can also truly enrich your knowledge on the catastrophe of fast fashion and the environment. Ever heard of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action which a lot of our fashion brands have joined? This commitment goes beyond any previous industry movement to save the planet, and it includes a target of 30% GHG emission reductions by 2030. Between buying more locally, decreasing your washing cycles and discovering more luxury rental stores, we’ve got plenty of tips on how to live a much more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Discover local shops

Next time you go shopping in your hometown for example, try and stay away from the fast fashion shops we all adore but need to stay away from, and purchase things from your local shops. It’s so important that you get used to thinking about how far the products that you buy have traveled from to reach our shelves, and think about supporting local businesses. Think about it: less travel means that there has been much less carbon dioxide emissions so as a general rule, you should always stick to buying local products when possible. This also goes with food, beauty products and everything else you can think of!

Read the labels

It’s also important that you get into the habit of reading the labels from anything you purchase from shops, stores as well as online. Get used to choosing products that have been responsibly sourced, and make sure you look at the way those items where produced. Stay away from harmful chemicals and lookout for the words: Fair Trade. Petroleum based synthetic fibres like polyester for example, requires much less water and land than cotton but they emit more greenhouse gases per kilogram which is bad for the environment. And although bio-based synthetic textiles release less carbon dioxide, it is vital that you read all the labels from your purchases as a lot of labels can sell *false information*.

Buy second hand

Products that have been recycled or already worn and given to a charity shops are literally known as the best solution for fashion and the environment. Instead of buying products you will only wear once and leave in your drawers, try and shop in charity stores or even explore the possibilities of renting out clothes, especially if you are only going to end up wearing that garment once or twice. Not only will you start saving money by shopping this way, you will also find real gems you would have never found in fast fashion stores.

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