Shopping Sustainably and What I’ve Struggled With.

Ditching Fast Fashion…

It’s been well over a year now since I ditched fast fashion and decided to shop more sustainably. Over this time there have been parts of this transition I’ve found to be quite easy and some things I’ve found a little trickier.

It’s really important for me to be honest with you all about my journey into changing my shopping habits, whether that’s positive or negative experiences. I want to highlight that nobody is perfect and 100% sustainable – but we can all make changes that in turn make a huge difference.

I’ve often talked positively about the changes I’ve made, but not everything is peachy all the time. So today I’m sharing with you the struggles I’ve had with shopping more sustainably.

 

Jumper: By St Oswald’s Hospice (Originally Whistles)
Jeans: Monki
Belt: Asos

Sustainability vs Vegan

This is probably one of the hardest things I come across over the past year and a half. I’m often having to choose between my passion for products created sustainably and animal cruelty. Especially when it comes to shoes.

Buying shoes secondhand is hard. I’ve managed to get myself some nice shoes secondhand in the past but these instances are few and far between. So if I can’t find any shoes secondhand, what is my next option? To buy some from a sustainable or ethical clothing brand. However, one thing I’ve discovered is these are quite often leather.

To Leather or to Faux Leather?

Now Leather as a material isn’t technically ethical, but it’s more a more sustainable product – in the sense its kinder on the planet and lasts longer and therefore you’ll buy less in the long run. Whereas faux leather products are mostly plastic-based, and we all know how damaging plastic can be.

There are brands out there who specialise in ‘vegan footwear’ such as Koi Footwear. But they’re as far away from sustainable as you can get as they’re made cheaply in the same way a pair of shoes from Boohoo would be.

So where does this leave me?

There have been a few instances where I’ve had to accept that I’ll have to purchase footwear from a fast-fashion brand. But with the knowledge that it’s a pair of shoes that aren’t an impulse buy and is an item I’ll get a lot of wear out of.

Trust me when I say this wasn’t an easy decision for me to come to, but something had to give and it’s something I’ve accepted as I am really trying to do the best I can.

Bottom Half Basics…

I’ve spoken a few times in the past about my struggle with shopping for my bottom half. These issues probably aren’t helped by the recently developed body issues. But basically, in simple terms, my ass is bigger than it used to be and truthfully bigger than I’d want it to be.

Over the past 3-4 years, my figure has changed. I’ve gone from somebody who never really thought too much about what trousers suited them, fitted them or even how they looked. To somebody who really struggled to find good fitting trousers and jeans.

I currently rotate three different pairs of jeans on a regular basis as they’re all I’ve got. All three of these are pairs I’ve had to buy from a high street shop because I’ve had no other option.

The Best of a Bad Bunch

On times where I have had to buy the odd item from the high street, I’ve tried my best to opt for brands or products that are more sustainably made than most. Choosing to buy jeans from Monki, knowing they’re part of the Better Cotton Initiative and made from 100% organic cotton.

Yes, they’re part of the H&M family but you’ve gotta pick your fights sometimes right?

Basically I wanted to show that not everybody is perfect. I think that’s one of the biggest misconceptions about those who are sustainable, low-waste or whatever you want to call it.

We are all human and we can only do so much – and that’s okay!

What areas of sustainability do you struggle most with? Let me know below or come chat to me over on Instagram

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