So, I had written the blog and had just pressed "publish" when it deleted itself! Undeterred, I'm now re-writing it!
I attended Fashion Revolution Week: Launch Night & Panel Discussion, where the question was can fast-fashion ever be sustainable?
The panel consisted of:
- Fee Uhssi, Fashion Designer
- Slywia Bajek, Fashion and Art Consultant
- Dr. Francesco Mazzarella, Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion.
What a line up!
Alongside the discussion, was an array of ethical fashion, jewellery, homeware and beauty - photos above :)
I won't write the whole discussion but instead here's my top 3 facts from the night:
- It is estimated £140million worth of clothing ends up in landfill every year in the UK.
- Polyester is the most popular fabric in the UK, but not many people know that every time it is washed, it sheds microfibres that will add to the ever-increasing amount of plastic in the oceans.
- The majority of garment workers in Bangladesh earn less than £25 per month, working between 14-16 hours a day.
To answer the question, whether fast-fashion can ever be sustainable, yes it can. But as consumers, we need to put pressure on the Government and brands to make the change.
Fashion Revolution also held a pop-up shop near Brick Lane, London. Luckily for my bank balance I went during my lunch break so didn't have much time to browse!
I have really enjoyed Fashion Revolution Week, and I have learnt more than I ever thought I would. It has made me question where my clothes come from, and I've really thought hard about starting my wardrobe again from scratch. But then again, I would be adding to the issue of waste. So for now, I will still wear my Zara jeans, and repair my M&S pair too.
Going forward, I've made a pledge to only buy from those brands that care for the environment and their workers. And most importantly, to only buy items I actually need and will treasure for years to come.