Clothing Sustainability

For our January 2022 virtual meeting, we were joined on Zoom by sustainable stylist, Becky Barnes. Becky gave a very interesting and incredibly sobering talk on how we can be more sustainable in our fashion choices, and following the talk we also had a good discussion, with various interesting questions from members, as well as lots of great suggestions for ways that we can be more eco-conscious in our fashion choices, from make do and mend to second hand shopping.

Becky kindly gave us various resources that we can use to help us make more sustainable clothes shopping choices, and these are as follows:

Certifications to look out for on the label are:

GOTS (Global Organic Trade Standards) 
REACH  compliance certificate 
OEKO TEXBCI – Better Cotton Initiative 
CMiA – Cotton Made In Africa 
EcoVero viscose, bamboo by Monocel and tencel from Lyocell

To find out how your favourite brands are rated:

Try the Good on You app. 
Ethical Consumer also rate brands

To reduce microplastics:

Use a Guppy Friend or Cora Ball or sign the petition to bring in legislation to fit microplastic filters to all new machines:
https://www.mcsuk.org/what-you-can-do/campaigns/stop-ocean-threads/

For video tutorials of clothing repairs:

www.repairwhatyouwear.com

To join in with bigger movements try:

www.labourbehindthelabel.org
www.fashionrevolution.org – Who made my clothes campaign 
www.cleanclothes.org – Clean clothes campaign 
www.stopecocide.earth – Polly Higgins Ecocide

Films and documentaries to watch:

The True Cost – Amazon 
River Blue – Netflix 
A Plastic Ocean – Netflix 
Chasing Coral – Netflix 
Fashions Dirty Little Secrets – BBC iplayer

Activists and Bloggers to follow online:

Orsola De Castro, Aja Barber, Livia Firth, Sustainable-ish, Pebble Magazine, Lucy Siegle
Or you could follow me! www.facebook.com/beckybarnesstyle

Books to read:

Is it really green? Georgina Wilson-Powell 
How to save the world for free – Natalie Fee 
How to break up with Fast Fashion – Lauren Bravo 
The conscious closet – Elizabeth Cline 
Turning the tide on plastic – Lucy Siegle 
Wear no evil – Great Eagan

Some of my favourite sustainable brands:

www.wearethought.com 
www.komodo.co.uk 
www.peopletree.co.uk 
www.rapanuiclothing.com