8 Tips for being more fashionably
responsible in 2022

At a time when the UK bins 10,000 items of clothing every five minutes – that’s over £140 million pounds in value going to landfill each year* – we all need to do a little more individually to make a change collectively.

21 Jan 2022


Jules Dagonet, Head of Fashion and Textiles at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) gives you her top tips:

  • Buy second-hand, vintage and from charity shops.
  • Learn how to sew and you can mend existing clothes and bring new life to pre-worn ones.
    ©Chloe Newman

  • Think outside the box, upcycle that old dress into cushion covers or an apron.
  • Invest in quality pieces that you will cherish and that will have some re-sale value.
    ©Molly Roy

  • Buy less and buy more thoughtfully.
  • Look for clothes made from sustainable fabrics like wool, organic or recycled cotton.
    ©Izzy Hogg

  • Search out smaller more ethical fashion brands on Instagram, brands who prioritise sustainability and sell direct to the consumer.
  • Go through your wardrobe, if you haven’t worn something for a year, donate it or sell it – extending its lifecycle.

 Above images from top to bottom, Chloe Newman, Molly Roy, Izzy Hogg, all use sustainable fabrics in their designs


Looking for more inspiration, follow these UCA alumni and ethical fashionistas @elizabethwhibley @hope.macaulay @ahluwalia

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