Should we stop buying fast fashion?
Yes! We believe we should stop buying fast fashion because:
- Its business model relies on churning out disposable clothes without worrying about its environmental and ethical consequences
- It generates 92 million tonnes of textile waste every year
- It often hides child labour and sweatshops
So, if fast fashion is that bad, why are so many people still buying it?
7 reasons why you’re still buying it fast fashion… and 7 solutions for them!
No judging: let’s look at it objectively.
1. Lack of awareness
The truth is… most people don’t know about those issues!
In fact, you might not even be aware that you’re buying from “fast fashion” brands.
2. Addiction and dopamine chasing
Fast fashion has been keeping you trapped in a vicious cycle:
- Needing to buy new clothes to get a dopamine hit
- Getting tired of them after a few months (or weeks)
- … repeat!
In fact, buying fast fashion clothes affects your brain: its pleasure centre gets activated when you see items you want to buy. The lower the cost, the maximum sense of pleasure we get.
Solution: follow our tips on ditching fast fashion gradually
3. Peer pressure and fear of judgement
Shopping is often seen as a social activity. Maybe you’re worried you’ll feel left out if you quit fast fashion?
Solution: be kind and understanding towards your friends who are still purchasing from these brands. Let them know you’re still happy to go shopping even if you’re not planning on buying anything.
However, you could also connect with friends who are looking to adopt a more ethical lifestyle. Why not try a sustainable challenge together?
4. Social media playing on fears and insecurities
Unsustainable hauls. Brands promoting new garments every week. Influencers who’re never seen wearing the same outfit more than once.
Social media pushes us to buy new clothes to feel worthy and fill a void!
Solution: unfollow those accounts. Replace them with brands and content creators that talk about ethical fashion
We understand that, in some cases, it’s a privilege to buy from certain sustainable brands (both because of budget and the fact that they aren’t always as size-inclusive as fast fashion.
That’s when it’s a problem.
Solution: look for budget-friendly and size-inclusive sustainable brands (psst: use our filters!) and, if you can, invest in fewer but higher-quality clothes that’ll last for years
6. Sustainable fashion myths
Worried that, if you quit fast fashion, you’re gonna have to start dressing in plain, earth-toned clothes?
Solution: check out these popular ethical fashion myths… debunked!
7. Convenience and temptations
From high-street stores to all the ads you see, we can’t deny that fast fashion can feel easier to buy and harder to resist!
Solution: try the 30-day rule (only buy a new garment after 30 days… if you still want it), and let a platform know you want to see less of those ads.
As for convenience, what if you could find hundreds of fairtrade brands in one place? And have handy filters to narrow down your choices?
Well, luckily, you can! At Project Cece, we’re a search engine for ethical fashion.
Why not share this article on your socials to help more people take the right first step? And, if you’ve found this helpful, start receiving our tips and inspiration to make even more sustainable clothing choices.
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