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Kat Farrants Change your mind, not your clothes

Our columnist on using yoga to change perspectives

Like many folks, I’ve been completely blind to the effect that fashion has on our environment. There was an exposé on sweatshops a few years ago, so I started to shop more carefully. I avoided the big names, knowing that they make their profits from the cheap labour of the vulnerable. But, ludicrously, I had never even thought about the wider effect on the environment of my purchasing choices. I had no idea about the amount of pesticides and water that it takes to grow cotton! I had no idea that making a single pair of jeans takes 1,800 gallons of water! Now that the massive consequences and the havoc that’s wrecked on the environment by buying clothes has come to light, I must say, I have a very different reaction to the thought of buying something new.

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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