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  • Writer's pictureBen Pechey

Looking back on Slow Fashion Month

Welcome to your final post of Slow Fashion Month. By now I am sure you are aware of my current posting schedule, and with this being the last post of the month, I am going to have a good old ramble. Welcome to another inside my mind piece.

When I sat and planned this month in my notebook, I had no idea what I would find out. Sure I knew that the fashion industry had a huge impact on the world around us. However, I did not have any idea of the scale of the issue.

The facts that I have shared daily have really opened my eyes to the perils of fast fashion. We are all responsible for the world we live in, the gatekeepers if you will. Thus we need to be in control of the changes that we are causing.

What baffles me, is that this is an industry by all counts seems to be OUT OF CONTROL. For what reason? Well, essentially profit, but only for some. High fashion is about art, and less about commerce. However, most mainstream fashion is about money. Which is very sad.

I am sure that you can walk through life without bothering with causes and issues. However, what we as a collective group are doing to this planet is SCARY. The fact is that if we keep going at the rate at which we are right now, there may no future generations to carry on our legacies.

What often bugs me about things that are problematic, is that so many people will say one person won’t make a difference. Like when we refuse a plastic straw, are we really doing anything about plastic waste in our oceans? Well, it is one less straw that won’t decompose, but it also led to enough people doing it, that a law may be passed in the UK banning plastic straws.

That is one small piece of plastic. Imagine if we all start talking about the impact that fast fashion is having on the planet. Think of all the changes that could happen just because more and more people start talking about the things that aren’t okay. The drain on resources, the impact on people who make clothes, the waste caused by fast fashion.

Soon enough regulations and changes to the way businesses operate can quickly happen, all because we start talking about the things that matter to us. SO ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

There are some takeaways from this month of content:

1. I am not saying you can never buy another piece of clothing again, you can, of course, you can. However, you need to fully consider your choices.

2. Think about whether you are fully utilising what you already have.

3. If you can afford to do so, buy organic, ethically sourced cotton. Shop with sustainable brands.

4. You can still have fun, even with a conscious ethical stance on fashion.

5. Tell everyone you know about the perils of fast fashion, the more people that are talking the more chance change will happen.

6. Use your voices kids, you never know who you will inspire.

Thank you for joining me all this month, and listening to me ramble. Next month is Celebration Month, buckle up, it's going to be good.

Abiento kiddies…

Shot by Rachel Pechey

At Beaumaris Castle, Angelsea


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