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Cool to be kind

Natalie Morgan on why a little kindfulness goes a long way

Ugh! Mondays. I arrive at the train station (late of course) on my commute to work, only to realise when I go to purchase my ticket, that I have left my purse at home. After rummaging in my rucksack and every pocket in the hope of miraculously finding a fiver, I huff and puff before giving up and start mentally preparing myself for the 15-minute walk back home, in the rain, may I add, because it is, after all, Scotland.

I turn around and see a familiar face. A middle-aged woman who I see every day at the station, both of us making our way to Glasgow for another day at the office. “Are you okay?” she asks. “Oh yes, I have just left my purse at home, Mondays, eh?” I reply. Trying to make light of the situation when in reality, I am livid with myself and worried about missing my morning meeting.

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About Be Kind

Hello, Fashion has always been a strong form of expression for me; I’ve pored over glossy issues of Vogue from a young age, and get a thrill when the seasons change, and with them, the excuse to spend on new and exciting pieces for my wardrobe. With the rise and ease of shopping online it has become easier and quicker to get my hands on the latest styles, and it’s with a mixture of shame and excitement I go and collect my deliveries from the post room at work. But recently I realised the frequency and level of my spending was getting out of control – ‘I can just send it all back’, I’d foolishly reason with myself. It wasn’t until I read about the environmental impact of the fashion industry that I started to think about the part I was playing myself. Those next day deliveries have to be picked, packed and couriered, using man power and fuel. The bargain £5 tops come at a greater price, too – how can workers possibly be getting paid fairly to make them? And the fabrics surely can’t be ethically-sourced either? Fast fashion is alluring and tempting – it’s a quick and easy way to make us feel good, temporarily, but the damage it’s doing to the environment doesn’t sit well with me. So, I’ve vowed to make a change and to choose more sustainable ways to shop. This month we’ve looked into the issues surrounding fashion, from body image to throwaway culture, and found alternative ways for you to enjoy clothes, whilst being kinder to the planet. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor