"I'm giving up fast fashion."
I've said this in videos several times but I always cut that part out because I didn't think that I could do it. I have this habit of stopping by Zara in the mall when I'm looking for something cute or H&M just to see if they have anything good. And the thing is, sometimes they do. I have a black skirt that I got at H&M years ago and I still wear it. I bought a stripped top with bows from Zara and I've worn it a ton. The thing is these stores often have trendy items that I really like.
The problem is, for every 1 item that I buy and really love, there are 4 more hanging in my closet that I've barely or never worn. They either don't fit quite right or the material doesn't feel good. Sometimes they just don't look good once I've washed them. So they just hang there unworn, a total waste of money.
That's not even mentioning the negative impact on the environment and the factory workers. You can watch the documentary The True Cost or read the book Overdressed for more information. I read and watched these last summer but I've only changed my shopping habits slightly since then, exploring more vegan and sustainable brands and adding them to the mix.
So why now? Why decide to make a change now? In the most recent issue of Veg News, there was an article about the negative impact of fashion fashion. To be honest, I was surprised to see it in this magazine, which mainly focuses on vegan food. But I read it and something clicked.
Why am I eating and shopping vegan and cruelty-free, yet ignoring the harmful effects of fast fashion? Because I wanted to. Because the clothes were cute and cheap. Because it seemed too hard to shop vegan, cruelty-free, AND ethically. Because I was worried about not finding stylish sustainable clothing. The list goes on...
But it was all excuses. I was pretending that I didn't have a choice when I did. When I went completely vegan and cruelty-free a few years ago, I was worried that it would be too hard. I loved my black suede boots and Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. But as the zippers on the boots started breaking and my foundation was almost out, I had to face reality. What was I going to buy to replace them?
And that's when I made the change. I could no longer believe one thing and do another. I went vegan and cruelty-free with all of my clothing, shoes, and makeup. And turns out, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. So why would shopping ethically be any different?
I've decided to give up fast fashion for 1 year and I want to take you on the journey with me. Hopefully we can learn from and support one another on the way. I can't wait to see where this takes us!