Love Not Landfill | Fashion

Have you ever wondered where your clothing goes once you donate them to a textile or clothing bank? I never. I just thought, someone collected them, recycled them and made new things and that was that. isn't that simple, so I learnt yesterday at the Love Not Landfill  Swap & Style event.

After you have read this post. Head to your wardrobe\ closet and think. How many of these clothes do I actually wear often? Do I actually need all of these clothes? Am I a hoarder?

People in England over consume and waste a lot, whether it be food, water or clothing. We have a wasteful culture and I am also included in the WE. I subconsciously over consume because its available to me. If I had limited access to these things I would definitely think twice before wasting things.

I attended the Love Not Landfill Swap & Style event yesterday which was held at  LMB Textile Recyclers in East London, which was held in conjunction with Fashion Revolutionary Week.  I learnt a lot about the processes of recycling clothing and textiles and where it all goes.

What I found very interesting is where the clothing goes and which countries have higher demands for certain items due to their climate or fashion choices. And it makes sense when you think about it. Why would a hoodie or thick coat be of use to people in Kenya or Ghana?

Some statistics for you to ponder on:

£30billion is the yearly value of unworn clothing in the UK's drawers and wardrobes.

38million is the number of items of new clothing that are bought every week in the UK

I am a huge fan of shopping at second hand and charity shops, been doing it since about 13years old . I would find pieces and customise them so I had something different and exclusive, it was how I knew I had a love for fashion, which lead to my fashion degree and fashion label (yes I was a designer once upon a time!)

I don't purchase new clothing as often as I once did because, the quality of clothing has become so poor and expensive. The choices and styles are so limited, especially being plus-sized. So I am very selective about the pieces I buy now and how often I will wear them. I am a huge fan of Ebay and Depop. I encourage everyone to use these platforms to look for pre-loved clothing that is different to what is available on the high-street.

After the tour of the factory, we had a chance to rummage through some of the clothing and pick a few pieces to construct an outfit.  My style is often vintage sheek, or comfortable glam. Think Tracee Ellis Ross, she is my style bae!

There were a few pieces that caught my eye and after having a look through I found a very beautiful long pattern kimono, pastel pink dress, scarf and camouflage coat. I have been looking for a great camouflage coat to customise as I have loads of badges and patches.  We also did a cute photoshoot showcasing our chosen outfits.

I don't expect you to be a save the planet warrior after reading this post, because I am surely not that person. I do encourage you to think and ponder on other ways and means of fashions, whether it is selling old stuff online, donating them to charity, putting items in a textile bank bin. It just takes little steps to help make huge changes. Before you go on that shopping spree, get rid of the clothes you know you don't wear anymore and clear space for the new stuff, rather than pile it on top!

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