FFB: WALK THE TALK

*FFB is a new series documenting my journey to breakup with fast fashion. To learn more about my why, checkout re/make to meet the makers. 

Back in November of last year, I was invited to an intimate bloggers brunch hosted by re/make. Going in, I had no idea how the conversations with a group of intelligent and impeccably stylish women would affect my shopping habits. This was where I decided I was done with fast fashion.

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As mentioned in my last post, I’m not stranger to the impact fashion has on the world, both positive and negative. With our environment in dire straits, we cannot continue to dump chemicals into our rivers, streams, and oceans to make our clothing. We’ve known for years that this industry has taken it’s toll on mother earth and there are designers and companies making strides to lessen their carbon footprint.

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However, this is far beyond an environmental issue. We’ve lived far too long wearing blinders to the women and men who actually cut, sew, dye, and print onto the clothes we buy en masse. I cannot sit with the thought that my t-shirts were made at the expense of  a child’s wellbeing. There are millions of women being paid very little for their incredible skills. My decision is a statement to support a child’s right to a childhood and a woman’s right to fair treatment, compensation, and a safe working environment.

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Wearing my values is a personal mission to help eradicate a system of fashion supply that is completely corrupt and broken. My dollars now go to companies who treat their employees fairly; to brands that have sustainable working practices; and to labels who’s values mirror my own. Putting a face to the once invisible workforce behind the fashion industry prevails over the desire to be ‘on trend’.

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Ready to wear your values? I hope you’ll join me in my mission and if you’re wondering how you can help end fast fashion, please start here at re/make. Don’t forget to subscribe or follow along! I’ll be posting updates on my Fast Fashion Breakup that you won’t want to miss.

❤ PJA

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BREAKING UP WITH FAST FASHION

Did you know that over 100 hands touch every piece of clothing before you buy it in the store? I thought I was totally aware of the true cost of fast fashion. After hearing this I realized I have no idea what goes into what I wear on a daily basis.

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The allure of the high-fashion look for a low price is strong. A recent conversation with the founder of the nonprofit re/make reminded me there’s more to the price tag than meets the eye. 

At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself: what does it take to get those trendy Zara shoes on your feet? In most cases, the environment and actual human rights are at stake.

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And so, this is why I’ve decided to break up with fast fashion.

No more grabbing yoga leggings from Forever 21 if I have a class before laundry day; no more ASOS boxes to come home to; and no more scores at Zara’s annual sale. I’m making a conscious decision to shop consciously.

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In this brand new segment I’m calling Breaking Up With Fast Fashion, I will chronicle my progress in eradicating FF from my closet and my life. I’ll be sure to talk about brands who are doing it right, my found treasures at second-hand stores, and I’ll share some tips on shopping with a conscience.

I hope you’ll join me on my journey!

❤ PJA