How can we be sustainable on a budget?

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It seems that more and more people are becoming conscious consumers, thinking about what they are buying, where it is coming from, how it is produced or made. This mindset covers multiple aspects of consumerism, including fashion. Here are a few ways that you can still be sustainable while on a budget: 

– Buying less for more:

The phrase ‘Buying less for more’ refers to the idea of buying less clothing but for a higher cost.
Let me explain: Instead of buying three shirts for £10 each, buy one versatile shirt for £30.
This is a great way to be sustainable while spending the money that you would have spent anyway.

– Buying Second-hand:

Don’t buy new! Buying pre-loved items is a great step towards being sustainable. Buying second hand
is becoming even easier with access to apps like Depop. Buying second-hand is usually a lot cheaper
than buying new clothes. Second-hand doesn’t have to be ‘old’ clothing, you can usually buy
current or recent collections from second-hand sellers for a fraction of the price.
Buying second-hand means that you aren’t supporting the negative environmental impacts
of buying new clothing.

– Reselling and upcycling:

Don’t throw those old clothes out! If you’re on a budget, you should be taking most steps
to try and increase that budget. Selling your old clothes is a great way to put money towards
newer items and also helps stop your things from going to landfill. Selling your old unwanted
clothes is becoming even more accessible through apps. You can sell your old clothes
on apps like Depop, Grailed or even to your friends through social media posts. If you have
an article of clothing that you just can’t let go of, upcycle it!

– Trend-Proof:

Avoid buying trend-driven products! Buying trend-proof items is a great way to be sustainable
as you can wear them all year round and don’t have to worry about the trend going away and
having to throw those clothes out or try to sell them on. Most standard wardrobe staples are
trend proof (Jeans, t-shirts etc), especially when bought in colours like black and white.

-By Oliver Iles