Since starting this business, I’ve noticed that the number one factor driving people’s purchasing decision is typically price. I’ve come to realize through teaching sustainability at McGill and studying the impact of human production that there is no such thing as a good deal. If it’s cheap, someone, somewhere, whether be it the environment, the person making your clothes and/or the community, is paying for it unfortunately. Be meaningful in your purchases, buy the story and not the item. 🌱• Depuis que j’ai fondée cette compagnie, je réalise de plus en plus que le facteur numéro un pour la plupart des gens dans l’achat de vêtements est le prix. En tant qu’enseignante à McGill en stratégies de durabilité, je comprends de plus en plus l’impact d’un tel choix. Malheureusement, qu’on le veuille ou non, lorsqu’on paie peu pour un item, il y a quelqu’un à quelque part qui a payé pour cela. Que ce soit l’environnement, la personne qui fabrique l’item et/ou sa communauté, il y a toujours un coût d’associé. Soyez plus engagés dans vos décisions d’achats et achetez une histoire et non un objet! 🌿
INSPIRATION // While the latest expose on the Leicester garment industry is shocking (see our Stories), sadly it's nothing new.
We have to stand up for the rights of these hidden workers. It's utterly unacceptable for fashion CEOs to make mega bucks while their workers go without basic necessities.
So happy to have attended this event! The Future, brought to us by Funkshion had as the center of the discussion a conscious and sustainable lifestyle. Check out their page @funkshionfw for more info on this beautiful event.
To me this is a subject that must be taken very seriously and acted upon immediately. The fashion industry, with the advent of fast fashion, is costing the environment a huge price!
Fashion brands, designers and consumers must become more aware of their contributions to the global warming and the levels of pollution that we see nowadays.
We're all responsible for what our planet has become. As a consumer, I just don't support fast fashion and I'm against this culture of "I need it all". I definitely stick to buying high quality products that will last me forever! Never liked the idea of disposable fashion!
As an Earring shop, I'm always going for partnerships where the other party is committed to reducing their impact on nature, but it hasn't been easy! We need to keep demanding the change from everyone involved and we need to change our own consumption habits.
Let's get educated! The Earth is screaming for help!
Featuring my 11 year old booties! .
That Fall picture! -
Did you know that as temperature drops socks are one of the most wanted items in thrift stores but the least donated? If you can spare a pair or two donate at your local goodwill, church or just give to someone in need. •
Aquela típica foto de outono! -
Vc sabia que nessa época do ano meias são muito procuradas nas lojas de segunda-mão mas são um dos items menos doados? Então se vc têm um ou dois pares de meias aí de lado doe pra quem precisa.
English ⬇️ J'ai participé à un vide dressing aujourd'hui... Et c'était désolant. J'ai été surprise par la quantité de vêtements que ma petite famille de trois avait accumulé (en sachant qu'on fait régulièrement des tris !). Je n'avais jamais tout étalé avant et j'avoue, j'en avais un peu honte. (Sauf pour les vêtements de la petite. Elle grandit - elle n'y peut rien ! 😜) Puis, en regardant autour de moi, j'avais honte de notre société. Chaque personne présente, les 70 exposants, avait tout autant que moi (voire plus !). Et le pire dans tout ça, c'est qu'on en rigole. On parle de vêtements achetés sur un coup de tête et jamais portés. On parle des garde-robes débordantes à la maison. Mais personne a bien vendu à ce vide dressing, malgré notre addiction au shopping... Car tout le monde veut acheter du neuf.
J'en suis dégoûtée maintenant. J'avais déjà décidé de ne plus acheter de vêtements neufs, mais j'en suis encore plus ancrée dans ma décision. Et vous ? Quand avez-vous réellement pris conscience du problème que pose notre attitude face au fast fashion?
I held at a stand at a flea market today... And it was disheartening. I was surprised by the sheet amount of clothes my little family of the had amassed (keeping in mind tqhat we go through our closets regularly!). I had never laid everything out like this before, and I'll admit I was ashamed. (Except for The Little's clothes. She's growing - she can't help it! 😜) And as I looked around myself, I was ashamed of our société. Each person there, all 70 of us, had tables piled as high or higher than mine. The worst part of it all was the fact that we laughed about it. We laughed about overflowing closets at home. We laughed about clothes bought on a whim and never worn. But no one sold well at this flea market despite our addiction to shopping... Because everyone wants to buy new clothes.
I'm disgusted right now. I had already decided to stop buying new clothes, but this only strengthened my decision. What about you? When did you fully realize the problem with fast fashion?
A Letter to the People who Make my Clothes
I have the first world privilege of feeling anger, but you had resigned yourself to sweat and silence because the alternatives had consequences too dire.
The frame slowly took in your wheelchair; your limbs gone limp from the Rana Plaza tragedy.Your shawl was red, my wardrobe was crimson.
Poker-faced, you said you couldn’t cry for yourself, and that sentence made my tears well up. Surely, you know someone’s been through the worst when they can’t cry for themselves anymore?
In the safety of structure, we can afford to think big concepts ― How will we question the status quo? How will we make a statement?
“Through our clothes”, we say. In the tumult of feminism, I clad myself in clean-cut suits and graphic tees; forgetting the nimble hands that turn fabric into garment.
So, in a way, you’ve helped us empower ourselves.
But, I don’t think you really cared.
You had more pressing matters to attend to; such as making sure your child could eat; that beautiful, simple gesture of bringing a morsel of food to a child’s mouth.
In the end, I don’t know if it’s so much that I didn’t know about you or chose to ignore your existence.
How could I be unaware of something so intrinsically part of our daily lives? Putting on clothes. An act embedded in morning routines, done to protect the largest organ of our bodies.
Why couldn’t I ask myself those simple questions: “Why is this skirt so cheap?”, “Why do I have so many clothes and yet feel so unhappy with the way everything fits?”, “What is that compulsive need to buy? - What void am I trying to fill?”.
I think your perpetrators are my perpetrators too; but my plight is lodged in comfort; disguised by the idea of normalcy.
Not that I’m trying to compare our pain. I can’t pretend to know what you go through or how you feel.
After all this time, you still feel like a shadow; like stories which start with “There was once a princess in a far-away land”, only this story goes along the lines of “There was once a garment worker in a distant..[keep reading on driftedanew.com
Today I hosted a swap party ✨
We sipped prosecco, ate cake and gave each other clothes, shoes and accessories that we couldn’t use any more 🥂
Swapping is a great way to freshen up your wardrobe for the coming season without consuming new clothes. New clothes don’t need to be produced (less depleted resources and less pollution). And your old clothes can find a new home instead of being sent to landfill or into our overloaded recycling systems 💁🏻♀️
Swapping also helps me to downsize my wardrobe. I think it’s much easier to part with clothes when I know they will be loved all over again by my friends 💕
Bonus: I got to hang out with my buddies all afternoon 👯♀️
I can not believe what I’ve just watched. You know when you’re going to watch a documentary like this it will hit hard. I don’t think I’ve sat through something with such a hard lump in my throat for a long time - an amazingly eye opening film about the effects caused by the fast fashion industry on developing counties, the environment, the planet, consumers, health and mental health. A shocking hit devastatingly important message that has really made me rethink some of my buying habits. I feel like everyone would benefit from watching this @netflixuk
Did you know fashion is the second largest polluting industry in the WORLD? 🌎 Last night on Stories, I opened the discussion about the terrible effects of overconsumption and fast fashion and was thrilled with the conversations that came from it. So many of you messaged me about not knowing what cheap fashion is doing and how easy it is to get sucked in by the cute and the cheap.
Do more investing in quality items that will last for years. My @masscob jacket is about 5 years old. My @elleryland gown is 2. My @nike sneakers are new because I have worn my Vans to death. We need to shop smarter and more selectively. Because this is becoming an environmental epidemic. Head to my Stories for the convo and my tips on how you can change your mindset and what you can start doing NOW. #TheEricaHanks
Getting ready for another road trip which is exciting but this time is a one way trip 😔.
I’m trying to plan better as I have been failing when it comes to travel sustainably. I can’t do this trip on a train or bus because they won’t allow my dog with me and also because we are actually moving and we have a really small budget for our 3,000 miles course. We are taking whatever we can fit in the trunk of our car and that’s it.
Tips on how to make a sustainable road trip are welcome! •
Já estamos na preparação pra mais uma viagem, o que me deixa hiper feliz mas dessa vez é só ida 😔.
Eu tô tentando me planejar melhor pq tenho falhado em fazer as minhas viagens de uma forma mais sustentáveis.
Não temos como ir de trem ou ônibus pq o Chico (nosso cachorro) não poderia vir conosco e tb temos um budget pequeno pra percorrer os 4.800kms que temos pela frente. Então só estamos levando o que cabe dentro do nosso carro. Se vc tem dicas de como fazer isso de uma forma mais sustentável por favor manda aí! 📷by @guil_valentim
As anyone close to me knows I’ve been following the curly girl method for the past 4 years & this year I’ve converted to using only vegan, cruelty free hair & make up products & only buying second hand clothing from thrift shops, charity shops and depop 🤷♀️ This doesn’t sound like a big deal to some but really makes a difference & has become increasingly difficult when I want nice things, especially leading up to my birthday and Christmas 😭
Just want to thank @sjdooley for her research into the affects of fast fashion on the environment, @bananavintage_ and @dreamlandclothing for all the fashion inspo and gorgeous vintage buys and @lucyandyak for their organic clothing which I have become obsessed with! It feels so good to be doing my bit for the earth 🌍✌🏼 Anyone with any interest in changing the way they shop please click the link in my bio for a snippet of @sjdooley amazing documentary on this. PEACE ☮️
Okay we are mad right now. Today a customer sent us a picture of a fast fashion brand that stole from us. So as a method of healthy venting, we prepared this True Cost comparison with the help of some shoe industry veterans and will be announcing a short run of Sinclair’s.
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When you buy from small ethical brands, their true cost chart is quite similar to ours. This is another reason why ethical brands can’t really afford to do wholesale, because wholesale mark ups are commonly 250% of cost #buysmall#buyused#fastfashionsucks#supportsmallbusinesses
Talking about investing in classic clothinf in a new blog post (link in bio and in my stories). Now don't get me wrong I love a trend too but I want my wardrobe to be less confusing. I want good staples, decent basics like comfortable leather Chelsea boots or decent timeless waterproof trench coat that will not only stand the test of time but also in the morning, when our world is borderline chaotic, I can grab my favourites and I look smart and stylish and feel comfortable all day long! (AD) @mandsireland Cardigan €54 (T38/7543) Trench coat €140 (T49/3319) Black Chelsea boots €70 (T02/7201) @shoppinglinks .
"The secret is to never lose sight of the simple, everyday miracles in life. Good food, literature, laughter, music, compelling conversation, nature and art. Look for them in every day, and even when it feels like your whole world is unravelling, you will never be far from a needle and thread." - Beau Taplin
It's not just plastic destroying the planet. Did you know it takes around 20,000 litres of water to make one pair of jeans?
According to the WWF 'Production and processing of cotton uses a large amount of water. Some experts contend that cotton is the largest user of water among all agricultural commodities. Surface and ground waters are often diverted to irrigate cotton fields, leading to freshwater loss through evaporation, and inefficient water management.' While there are lots of ethical and organic options out there, the most effective solution is simply to use what already exists. By buying second hand or vintage clothing you're not only looking after your wallet but the planet benefits too, in ways we couldn't possibly imagine.
Did you know that 235 million items of usable clothing were sent to landfills last year? That's just one factor that makes Fast Fashion the second biggest polluting industry in the world, only behind Oil.
Check out @sydheller for links to this video and for more tips on how to make your closet more environmentally friendly.
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