Posted by Kat Heath on 03 Mar 2023

How to do our bit…

Amidst the cost of living and climate crisis, ‘sustainable fashion’ is a term in which we are becoming increasingly aware of.
According to a statistic published in Vogue earlier this year; The fashion industry alone is responsible for between a shocking 4-10% of global greenhouse gas emissions every year.

With statistics like this being published frequently it maybe time to rethink our consumer habits in terms of how we purchase our clothing.  According to agency One Million Women; ‘’If one million women bought their next item of clothing second-hand instead of new, we would save 6 million kg of carbon pollution from entering atmosphere.”

So what exactly is Sustainable Fashion?
In short sustainable fashion is the making and selling of clothing which can be sustained eg has a longevity or can be reused. Think the complete opposite of ‘throw away’ fashion.

Factors to consider when shopping sustainably are:
The fair treatment/pay for those that make a garment. Always question how your garment was made.
Protecting the environment and minimising the impact/carbon footprint in clothes production through to distribution and selling.
Unfortunately many companies are not doing enough in regards to the above factors therefore it is up to us as consumers to rethink our shopping habits when purchasing clothing.

Below are some tips to sell or say goodbye to those unwanted items in your wardrobe and how to shop ethically, environmentally and sustainably when buying clothing:

Buying classic, well tailored pieces that are well made may seem like a big outlay but they will stand the test of time meaning you will have a low cost per wear. The late and great Award winning fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood advocates this approach to buying clothes by enforcing her message
‘Buy Less, Choose Well, Make it Last’
Which in a nutshell describes Sustainable Fashion.  Items such as a classic black trouser, well cut jeans and a well made white shirt are all examples of clothing that will never date, so invest well.

By shopping second hand and vintage you are not only prolonging the longevity of an item of clothing but you are also buying something that no one else is likely to be wearing!
Selling unwanted items is a great alternative to throwing away clothing which contributes to landfill you are also giving your old outfits a new lease of life for someone new!

Below is a list of places where you can buy or sell good quality fashion pieces in a sustainable way!

Cash For Wardrobe:

Bourne Hall
Spring Street,
Third Saturday of every month.
Stalls cost £12 including table and rail.
A great way of selling your quality unwanted items with all the set up sorted for you!
Brands featured last time included, Calvin Klein, Cos, Nike and Guess to name a few!
To hire a space email:

Epsom & Ewell Preloved Dresses:
A local Facebook community site


Join the local group to sell your good quality items at a good and fair price!
A great place to find that special item of clothing locally!
To join visit:

Online Selling/Buying:
Selling your unwanted pieces of clothing on line has never been easier!
Apps such as Vinted and Depop make the process so much easier!
Simply download the apps onto your phone and your sorted!
For more information visit:

Donating To Local Charity Shops:
If you don’t want to sell your clothes consider donating pieces rather than throwing items away.
Debra Charity shop on Ewell Village High Street has a designer/high end rail situated at the back of their shop.
Recently there were classic items from designers such as Escada (known for their classic tailoring) Burberry and Vivienne Westwood to name a few whilst shopping sustainably you are helping a good cause.
Below are a list of local charity shops which always need new stock:

78 High Street,
KT17 1RE
020 8393 8751

Childrens Trust
Stoneleigh Broadway
KT17 2HP
020 8393 4680

31 High Street
KT19 8DD
01372 742299

Cancer Research
75-77 High Street
KT19 8DN

Marie Curie
151 Central Road
Worcester Park
020 8330 5524

According to Vogue, an astounding 50 million garments are bought and worn just once every summer in the UK alone. As a result these items are unfortunately likely to end up in landfill as the same report published that the equivalent of one truck of textiles is burned and landfilled every second.
Therefore another popular way of sustainable shopping is clothes swapping.

Local business owner, Sammy Clayton who owns the award winning boutique Styled Right has developed an amazing incentive called Reloved Right for her customers to encourage them to shop well and sustainably.
Sammy explains how her new sustainable concept works;

‘Bring back any item (in good condition) you’ve bought from Styled Right in the last 2 years to Sammy at Styled Right HQ
You’ll then receive 30% of the price you originally paid as credit to spend on any new OR pre-loved pieces’

Sammy is a big believer in not offering discounts to her beautiful clothes which can encourage the ‘throw away fashion’ concept of consumerism this also means she will always know the purchase price of the original item brought back
For Example: if you bought a blazer for £20, You return the blazer in good condition and you receive £6 off your next purchase meaning that someone else can enjoy your item that you have returned.
This is a great way of supporting local businesses and remaining sustainable when purchasing items.

A fun way of getting rid of your clothes is by organising a clothes swap party with your friends or co-workers!
Invite as many as you want and see how one persons rubbish is another persons treasure!

A big factor in relation to sustainable fashion is knowing how to care and look after your garments.
This ensures longevity therefore meaning you don’t need to replace items so regularly.
Try repairing items if they tear or take items to a local tailor if you want to change the style/fit of an item.

Kat xx

Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry and Elliott.

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors, wellbeing and food!

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