fighting fast fashion: who inspired me to shop more ethically?

Guide to understanding fast fashion and its impacts - Venus Aby

Understanding how fast fashion is damaging the environment takes a lot of confrontation with yourself. For me, I always knew about FF and sweatshops. However, I didn’t know about it in detail. The issue with us contributing to this industry isn’t deliberate. The issue is that we aren’t exposed to information about how fast fashion is impacting the environment.

Obviously, no one’s perfect. We can’t suddenly stop buying everything from fast fashion brands. However, just being exposed to information about fast fashion helps us learn about fashion retailers and ourselves, the consumers.

Guide to understanding fast fashion and its impacts - Venus Aby

There have definitely been people and documentaries that have encouraged me to start shopping more ethically. If you are interested in shopping more ethically, I think they’d be able to give you the information you need too.

The True Cost

This Netflix documentary is what initially made me want to turn away from FF. It gives an in-depth insight into how fast fashion retailers treat their workers and how much damage their materials are harming the environment and consequently how it impacts us too. 

Eleanor Claudie

Eleanor is a lifestyle and ethical fashion blogger. She discusses documentaries about FF, tips on how to shop ethically and the state of fashion right now. Her post about how to shop ethically as a student is great! You can read it here.

Guide to understanding fast fashion and its impacts - Venus Aby

T-Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger (Thrifted) // Jeans: Primark (Thrifted) // Boots: Dr Martens

Kristen Leo

Additionally, Kristen is an ethical fashion YouTuber. Her videos consist of thrift hauls, thrifted outfits and lifestyle vlogs. I especially love her video explaining fast fashion in 5 minutes which you can watch here.

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets

Similarly to The True Cost, this documentary is great if you want to understand the environmental impacts fast fashion is making. It’s heartbreaking to see how much damage has been caused due to FF retailers. You can watch it here.

Alexa Sunshine83

I found Alexa on my Instagram discover paged and checked out her channel and I absolutely love it. Firstly, her ridiculously amazing and catchy theme song is the cutest thing. Secondly, she posts thift with me videos which really inspired me to go thrifting myself! Definitely go check out her channel here!

Want to know more information about fast fashion and it's impacts? Here's a little guide to show who can inspire you to change your shopping habits!

Check out the first post of my Fighting Fast Fashion series: “Why I decided to shop ethically”

So, next week will be my last post on the “FIGHTING FAST FASHION” series. I’ll be talking about how we can shop more ethically!

Do you know any other resources that give information about fast fashion and its impact? Mention them below!

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  • Reply venusaby - fighting fast fashion: why i've decided to shop more ethically

    […] next post will be on who inspired me to shop more ethically! Stay on the lookout for it next […]

    March 6, 2019 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply Payton

    Oh my gosh we watch the same Youtubers! I would suggest Sarah Hawkinson and Shelbizleee for more everyday ethical / eco-friendly living. (: And I’m going to have to check out the ‘Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets’ doc! Awesome post!

    March 6, 2019 at 8:17 pm
    • Reply venus aby

      I remember watching Sarah Hawkinson’s videos on psychology experiments and mental health! I didn’t know she makes videos about ethical and eco-friendly living! Will definitely revisit her channel again and also check out Shelbizlee, thanks for the suggestions 🙂 Definitely check out the Stacey Dooley documentary, it’s so informative! I’m glad you liked this post 🙂

      March 9, 2019 at 11:36 pm
  • Reply Loren

    I’ve watched the True Cost innumerable times and every time I’m always so shocked by how society as a whole ignores it.
    Lately, every time I’m scrolling through Instagram I think to myself “how can they buy so many cheap garments and only wear it once? Don’t they know the ethical problems fast fashion has?”
    Thanks for sharing, will check out these really interesting sources.
    Loren |

    March 6, 2019 at 8:37 pm
    • Reply venus aby

      It’s so upsetting that society ignores it and/or doesn’t know enough information about it to know the damage it’s doing 🙁 I find myself doing the same thing as well! Especially when I see people wearing feminists shirts from fast fashion brands because it’s like, do they know that the process of them shirts being made involves the exploitation and abuse of women?! I’m happy you’ve found this post useful 🙂

      March 9, 2019 at 11:41 pm
  • Reply Elen Mai

    Ethical shopping is something I’ve wanted to look into more but I keep putting it on the backburner. I’m definitely guilty of buying into fast fashion but I’m making it my personal goal to reduce my fast fashion habit by at least 50% by the end of the year!
    El x

    March 6, 2019 at 11:02 pm
    • Reply venus aby

      I did the exact same thing too, Elen! And to be honest, acknowledging it and deciding to make even a little bit of a change is such a huge achievement because it’s so hard to NOT buy from fast fashion brands! I hope you reach your goal 🙂 x

      March 9, 2019 at 11:44 pm
  • Reply venusaby - fighting fast fashion: how to shop ethically - venusaby

    […] This post is the third and final part of my FIGHTING FAST FASHION series! You can view my first post on why I started to shop ethically here and my second post on who inspired me to start shopping ethically here! […]

    March 20, 2019 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Sheepa ✨

    I’d love to inform myself on all of this by watching the Stacey Dooley and Netflix Documentary. I can’t believe how oblivious to all of this I am.

    April 7, 2019 at 8:29 am
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