Charity shops are an ideal source for great pre-loved clothes, and can be a boon if you’re uneasy about the ethics of the current fashion industry. It doesn’t have to be new to look great, but it does help to know what you’re doing, so here are a few tips to get you started.
Social scientists suggest 75% of a private individual’s direct resource consumption can be linked to everyday practices associated with either mobility, eating and drinking or household water and energy. But these very fundamental everyday practices pose a knotty problem for sustainability advocates, being deep-rooted and habitual, and therefore particularly difficult to change.
Many large suppliers now have fairly-paid, permanent workforces in safe factories, and reputation-conscious brands, burned by decades of bad publicity, are their biggest clients. But increasing demand, particularly in the fashion sector, for ever greater speed-to-market has also led to a rise in ‘mega-suppliers’, huge agencies trading entirely on thousands of ephemeral working relationships with unregulated small manufacturers in the interest of fast turnaround.