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Ethical Shopping with Raindrops of Sapphire

Posted by Amelia Glynn Online Fashion Content Assistant

26th Feb 2014

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This week regular guest blogger Lorna joins us from Raindrops of Sapphire to discuss ethical shopping...

Many of us are becoming more conscious as the years go by about what we are choosing to wear; where it might be made and whether or not the company has ethical work processes. In my opinion, being ethical with your shopping and fashion choices is actually a lot easier than you might think. I've outlined 3 ways you can make more ethical choices when it comes to buying new clothes, these include choosing brands who are conscious about their global impact, shopping for vintage items and doing your own DIY to revive old clothes. Check them out below. 


Brands making a difference


There are many companies out there who are aware of situations globally and who are doing something about it. The comfortable and stylish footwear brand 'TOMS' do a 1 for 1 programme. For every pair of shoes purchased from them, they will donate a pair of their shoes to a person in need. I absolutely love this idea because there are a lot of children in Africa and India who are benefiting from receiving new shoes to keep their feet safe. You also have other brands, like I mentioned before in a previous post, that are more aware of their production techniques, using less or no water, having their garments made locally etc. Some companies even do a recycling process where you donate your unwanted jeans and receive a discount on a new pair, however the older pair will be donated to someone who is in need of a new pair and are homeless. Even higher end brands like Dodo jewellery who have products which cost £200 and upwards are very charitable. They always make animal charms and jewellery and they donate a percentage of their profits to WWF animal charity to help animals facing extinction. 

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Vintage & charity shopping


Of course, there are other ethical ways of shopping and this leads me to vintage/charity shopping. A lot of people are addicted to fast fashion and after a few months of owning something will then donate it to a charity shop because they won't wear it again- this is wonderful because someone else can then pick up that item in the charity shop and love it, instead of it going in the bin! There are many treasures to be found and I think it's a great way of saving money and saving the planet at the same time because clothes are not being thrown out into land fill. The same can be said for vintage shopping- you can still pick up some amazing pieces from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's in these shops and carry on wearing them, making sure they get wear and aren't wasted. 


Doing your own DIY


Even if something vintage or pre-owned is slightly damaged (or even damaged a lot), it doesn't mean that it has to be wasted either, you can easily fix it up and give it a new breath of life by doing a DIY on it! You can definitely cut ripped up worn out jeans into a pair of new shorts for the summer! If they have some holes in, you can rip a few more here and there to make it look intentional and wear a pair of tights underneath! Problem solved! The same goes for jackets; you can take off damaged sleeves and have a gilet/waist coat style instead. You can even turn old bed sheets, curtains and other larger clothing items into chair covers, fun storage boxes and more! There is always something to do! 

Thanks for the post Lorna! Be sure to check out Lorna's blog Raindrops of Sapphire : )

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Blog post written by Amelia Glynn

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