Fast Fashion; Fasting and Detox

Not so fast, fast fashion!

I’m sure you’ve heard by now about the controversial collab between H&M and singer M.I.A. Many of us expected her to be above climbing into bed with such a destructive corporate entity given her track record for human rights activism. A chin-scratching partnership, I must admit.

We don’t have to be Miss Marple to deduce that fast fashion has become murderous to the planet and to the “human machines” churning out our cheap clothes.

Still, rather than join the denouncing chorus, I thought I’d focus on steps we as consumers can take to stay on the side of progress and preservation but, all importantly, still be stylin’! Β (Without spending a fortune or implementing life-altering changes.)Β Read how here.

I will be practicing this move though. Doesn’t going good make you want to dance?

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12 comments

  1. πŸ™‚ Excellent, dear Jackie!
    I so, so, so agree with you! It seems that I’ve changed my shopping habits over the last years quite a bit and wear my stuff for ages. And it feels so good that I hate to part some of them.
    Of course I love vintage bags just as much. But that’s another story πŸ˜‰ xo

  2. Great article. I love vintage. My friends give me all their old clothes!! I have finally finished reading your book. Im back in London and it was patiently waiting for me! I loved it. I couldn’t put it down and now I’m waiting for the next book. X

  3. Whoa! That is interesting to open the blog link to a video instead of a photo. Keep it up.

  4. The more voices like yours that call out the scams and make us think about what we’re doing, Jackie, the better off we’ll be. Great article.

  5. I have to say you have made me think twice about buying cheap, disposable clothing.

    • Then my work here is done done done πŸ™‚ It’s a dilemma we shouldn’t be forced to deal with. Yet unfortunately it’s down to us. WIth your rock and roll wardrobe I bet you have no need of H&M’s cheap tat…
      X

  6. Excellent article, Jackie! I am guilty of buying fast fashion, falling for those BOGO deals (which are never really that good anyway) just so eventually I can give my irrational purchases to Goodwill. I’m definitely working on changing my habits, in part because I already have enough clothes! I make exceptions for socks and underwear but I’ve found a company (PACT) that I feel good about purchasing from. They have a limited selection of clothing but it is all well-made. And that’s another thing: so much fast fashion is not well made, almost like obsolescence was built into them like obsolescence is built into technology. But I wasn’t always quick to buy fast fashion. When I was growing up, money was scarce so once I learned to sew, I made some of my own clothes. I once made a breezy kimono-style shirt out of some old gold curtains (my mother hated it; I loved it). I miss those days and actually still cling to old favorites that are falling apart in the hopes of either salvaging them or working them into a quilt at some point.

  7. It’s a universal temptation, I think. We all struggle and are having to work on our habits. That’s all we can do. Awareness changes a lot. I look forward to checking out PACT, always on the hunt for alternatives. Thanks for the heads up. I bet your breezy kimono is just the sort of thing I would pick up in a boutique or vintage store. Sounds gorge! X

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