There’s no getting away from the fact leading a more sustainable lifestyle is a hot topic of conversation. We, as consumers, are starting to think about how we shop to reduce the impact on the environment. It can be challenging to make more sustainable choices, especially with the number of bargains to be had. However, there are a few things you can do to make the process simple without compromising on your favourite things.
Take a look at some easy ways to make more sustainable choices:
Re-use as much as possible
It seems like ages ago that the 5p charge was introduced to help us tackle the number of single-use plastic bags we were using. But it seems to be working! Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) reported that leading retailers issued 7.6 billion single-use carrier bags in 2014. In comparison, the Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs recently released data highlighting the decrease of more than 90% of bags from 2018 to 2019.
Although the charge for bags has spurred people on to make better choices (and gives everyone a little nudge to remember to take your bags out of the car!). The choice in reusable options has also made it a little more stylish than carrying around a traditional plastic bag. Retailers, big and small, are choosing to offer personalised shopping bags in a range of eco-friendly materials. So not only, can you reuse them time and time again, they’re also made with less impact on the environment. They don’t cost the earth either, so be sure to have one spare for those impromptu shopping trips.
Secondhand style options
There’s still some stereotyping surrounding the term ‘secondhand‘. Previously, it wasn’t seen as trendy to shop preloved stuff, but attitudes are indeed changing. Also, the type of clothing in charity shops has changed somewhat in the past decade. The amount we consume fast fashion means that more of it is going into charity shops. These items are sometimes barely worn, and you’ll often find clothing or footwear with tags on too. What’s more, buying from these shops means you’re also donating to good causes.
It can be a little daunting rummaging around to find suitable items. But most stores are set out just like any other shops, with sizes and colours all on display.
Choose organic fabrics
Fast fashion has become somewhat of a dirty word, but there are plenty of brands making changes to the way they manufacture products. You’ll also find sustainable and organic fabrics from your favourite retailers. However, be sure to check the labels if you’re not sure of its composition.
Sustainable brands are becoming a prominent feature in the fashion marketplace. They offer you a great alternative if you love fashion but want to make changes to the way you shop. If you’re looking to find out a little more about eco-friendly fabrics, check out this article to help you make more sustainable choices.
Sustainable practices can often seem daunting to implement. However, by making smaller changes and remaining mindful, you’ll help influence the bigger picture.
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