How low-impact shopping has become a thing (even if you've never heard of it!)

Lindsay Rattray
21 Feb , 2020

Fashion has a tremendously negative impact on the environment and it has finally become a subject that is getting more and more attention. In recent years we have seen a boom in innovative ways to reduce the impact fashion has from the use of new natural materials, closed loop production systems and non-polluting dyes. Some of the words used to categorise these production methods are sustainable, eco-friendly, recycled and organic. What they all have in common is that they aim to have the lowest negative impact on the environment as possible (some less than others).

What is low-impact shopping?

There are several ways of shopping with a low impact on the environment. These include, but are not limited to:

Shop Nationally

Shop from small independent businesses that source their materials nationally or better yet locally rather than buying from big chains that source their products from all over the world. It will often be more transparent how their garments are produced too. 

Shop consciously 

Change your habits from shopping at high street fast fashion stores to supporting companies that have the environment and social justice at heart. This includes fashion that's recycled, second-hand, organic, fair trade, biodegradable, and contains natural ingredients. 

Shop Less - shop better

This will have the biggest impact on the environment of all the low-impact shopping options. Shopping less = less production, use of land, water wastage, resource use and transport pollution. Shopping durable fashion means items can last years as can be seen with vintage. Clothes from the 20th century are still very fashionable and because it was made with durable materials meant to last, we can still use it today.

Shopping second hand and vintage has a low impact

At BHUBESi our main focus is on reusing what already exists. It's estimated that £140 million worth of clothes goes into landfill each year in the UK and that around £30 billion worth of unused clothing sits in our wardrobes. £30 billion!! Crazy right? There's plenty of clothes in circulation already but a large amount doesn't have the right home. 

We buy and sell good quality accessible luxury brands like Kate Spade and Guess and high-end luxury brands such as Christian Dior and Mulberry. We also kindly accept donations of quality items, as all profits from our sales are donated to wildlife charities. 

 

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