Every day I try and tread as lightly as possible on our planet, taking care to make decisions which do not harm others throughout the world by avoiding systems filled with injustice. Everything from carrying reusables to avoid single-use items, dressing myself in thrifted clothes and lowering my environmental footprint divesting in carbon intensive industries and fossil fuels. I try to bring sustainability into every aspect of my life: what I buy, what I wear, how I travel and how I eat. This helps tackle the problem from lots of angles, but also helps spread the load to avoid feeling overwhelmed in just one area.
One of the biggest journeys I have been on is my transition away from fast fashion. We are all recovering hypocrites, living differently than before and learning from our mistakes, and it is important to be transparent about this to encourage everyone to journey along with you. I never really enjoyed shopping, particularly clothes shopping, so ordering online became the easiest option for me. But with that comes lots of shipping, lots of plastic packaging, and lots of returns. Moving away from fast fashion has meant changing my habits to something which is naturally uncomfortable for me - from surfing the web in my pyjamas to trawling through second-hand charity shops and vintage fairs. In the beginning it was tough. I didn’t like what seemed a frustrating process for little reward. However, I have learned to look at this in a different way. Thinking of these stores as treasure troves, needing to be searched through to find a hidden gem. Now I hold my head high, showing off the amazing second-hand clothes I find and encourage others to take on the challenge.