Slow Fashion Summer – An Update

A little over a month ago I committed to the Slow Fashion Summer for 2019. I wrote about it in some detail here so I’ll try not to repeat myself. Collaction created the challenge, in which participants buy no new clothing (second hand or swapped is ok) for three months. The challenge this season runs from June 21st to September 21st. Their aim was to get 10,000 participants. Currently there are 14,487 people taking part. The point of the challenge is to draw attention to the wasteful nature of fast fashion, one of the world’s biggest polluters.

Slow Fashion Season: Wardrobe Basics

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Slow Fashion Season

Slow Fashion Season Challenge 2019

In a recent post I talked about why I’m making the change to shopping sustainably. Now I’m taking that a step further and have committed to Slow Fashion Summer, which I discovered through Renée’s blog. Mother Nature will be a bit happier and so will my poor, battered credit card. The basics of the Slow Fashion Season challenge are that from June 21st to September 21st 10,000 people will buy no new clothes. Second hand shopping, swapping, and up-cycling are all ok. The current challenge has 14,487 participants. Considering the fact that it takes 2,700 liters of water to make a single tee-shirt, this challenge has the potential to make quite a positive impact.

From the Collaction website:

The fashion industry is responsible for enormous amounts of water consumption (32 million Olympic size swimming pools per year) and CO2 emissions (8% of global greenhouse emissions – and growing fast). If 10,000 people participate, we will save the equivalent of up to 300 million liters of water and 1 million kilograms of CO2 emissions.* Also, textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of clean water globally, only after agriculture. Then there is the enormous waste creation (148 million tons by 2030) and land use (115 million hectares by 2030), and we haven’t even started on labour conditions yet…Enough numbers, time for action. Time for Slow Fashion Season!

My favourite second-hand pieces

In the spirit of the challenge I thought I’d talk you through some of my favourite second hand pieces.

Slow Fashion Season Challenge: Gap Utility Jacket

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