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Fast Fashion in focus

The environment is paying the price for your wardrobe

We’ve turned our backs on plastic straws, vowed to never use a single-use carrier bag and invested in a reusable bottle — it would seem that the eco-revolution is finally here. But with everyone’s focus on the damage that plastic is doing to our planet, is it forcing other issues to the backburner?

Fast fashion: the habit of buying clothing — which is typically of a lowquality — wearing it while it’s on-trend, then leaving it to collect dust in the bottom of a drawer. At first, this might seem like an expensive but innocent behaviour, but it is proving to have detrimental effects on our environment. However, it’s the shopaholics, fashionistas, and Instagram influencers of the world who have sparked this problem, by buying piles of clothing, to only wear them once, twice, or maybe not at all, right? Not exactly. Retailers such as Primark, Missguided and Boohoo have been put in the spotlight, as they lure consumers in with their cheap prices and clothing that won’t last to the end of the year. This means that it’s not just those who spend their pay cheque on the latest garments — it’s all of us who are enticed by a bargain buy.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to the March issue. It’s my favourite time of year, as the evenings get lighter and the first signs of spring emerge. It’s the perfect time of year to dust off the winter cobwebs and refocus on our goals. This year has already seen a lot of change for the vegan movement — Veganuary was a huge success, with 250,000 sign-ups, and hopefully a large proportion of those who took part will continue their vegan journeys. We have seen an unprecedented amount of vegan food launches, too — in supermarkets and restaurants — and it feels like change is really happening. But with all change there is controversy — we take a look into the issues and backlash surrounding some of these new launches. Mother’s Day is on the 31st of March, and what better way to celebrate the women who raised us than by treating them to a vegan high tea? We’ve rounded up the best and the recipes you need if you want to make your own. It’s important to remember those who don’t get to spend the day with loved ones, and this includes the millions of dairy cows cruelly separated from their parents. We take some time to reflect. We also had the pleasure of talking to the inspirational James Aspey this month. The activist and campaigner has some great advice for advocating. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Smith