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Our social media-free week

Here’s what happened when the Be Kind team went on a digital detox

The average person in the UK spends 24 hours online a week, with 40 per cent of us looking at our phones within five minutes of waking up (ofcom.org.uk). Surprised? Judging by the amount social media dominates our daily lives, probably not. We’re so addicted to our digital devices that without them, around a third of people say they feel cut off, while 29 per cent claim to feel lost without internet connection. Would the Be Kind team feel the same way when they took the challenge to step away from the screens, delete their apps and go one week without social media? Here’s what happened.

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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