10 Ways To Shop Responsibly

For the “conscious consumer”, we’ve coined our top ten tips for more responsible ways to spend your money.

1. Resist “Trends”

The lure of fast fashion is difficult to ignore. Trends are constantly updated. What’s in style this week almost certainly won’t be in a few months… remember those tiny Matrix-style sunglasses? Try to move away from those impulse purchase that take up valuable space in your wardrobe.

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2. Read The Label

When you’re out and about, take time to read the labels and work out which materials are being used. Avoid environmentally toxic fibres such as polyester. Whilst it might be difficult to avoid these materials entirely, look out for sustainable alternatives which last longer, look nicer and are less harmful. 

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F IS FOR FAKE FUR Increasingly, more and more fashion houses are turning fur free as a response to the evolving desires of their target consumers who are expecting brands to demonstrate social responsibility, sustainability and animal welfare. But how much do we know about fashion’s alternative to real fur? Most faux is made from modacrylic, a derivative of oil and synthetics. This means that, like other petroleum-based products, it pollutes during production, releases microfibres on washing and won’t biodegrade. So should you go faux fur for the animals – or go real for the planet? No contest, says Wendy Higgins, media director for Humane Society International. “All materials we use in fashion have some kind of eco-footprint – including fur,” she points out. “And the impact of fur production can't be overstated, from CO2 emissions and manure runoff on fur farms, to the cocktail of chemicals used in fur dressing and dyeing. Fur is far from earth-friendly.” Words by @beljacobs_com Read the full article in our story! . FASHION ENVIRONMENT CHANGE is an A-Z of the many ways the fashion industry impacts climate change and harms the environment. We know that clothing production doubled between 2000-2014 and the industry’s increasing reliance on fossil fuel-based polyester means that it is used in 60% of our garments. We examine the impact that the associated use of energy, water, pesticides, and chemicals is having on the environment. We take a moment to consider the complex issues and to suggest easy actions and ways we can all be the change. If you haven’t already ordered yours, you can make a difference by buying a copy by visiting our website. #tradefairlivefair #fashionrevolution

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3. Quality Over Quantity

Invest in high quality items that are built to last. Consider curating a “capsule wardrobe”, which means that those key pieces can be worn season after season. This will help to reduce your spending in the long term, and allow you to refine your personal style. 

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When starting your capsule wardrobe journey, it’s best to stop shopping for clothes at first. The credit card debt here in the UK is so high and a real struggle for many, we buy more than we earn. – Many benefit from identifying what their shopping triggers are. Personally the first thing I did when slowing down my shoppping habits was to find other ways to treat my self. – 1-Unsubscribe from all advertising emails, they make it tooo easy to buy with a simple click. – 2-Enjoy other things in life, find a hobby, learn a skill, read some great books or help a charity (most shop when they are bored) – 3-Find other ways to treat your self. I personally love getting a pedicure, go biking or get a massage, things I could not afford before. – Buying less allows you to choose better items, this photo has a few of my capsule favourites. – What helps you to shop less? I would love to know.

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4. Support Ethical Brands

It is easy to scout out the best sustainable brands around online. Our favourites include: Reformation, Everlane and Veja. And if you’re hung up on the high street, opt for sustainable collections: H&M run a Conscious Collection, ASOS have an “Eco Edit” and MANGO’s Committed range is worth checking out!

5. Shop Independent & Ethical Designers

Searching for independent brands has never been easier thanks to Wolf & Badger, an online platform that offers an amazing range of products from ethical designers. You can find unique pieces that are stylish and ethical.

6. Do Your Research

Look into your favourite high street brands using the NotMyStyle app. Read up on the brands making an active effort to be sustainable and transparent. If there’s little to no information on their website, maybe it’s time to take your shopping elsewhere.

7. Reach Out

Push for change. Actively engaging with retailers is a great place to start – don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask for information on their factories and subcontractors. With the power of social media, it’s easier than ever to contact your favourite brands and urge them to share more information on their working practices.

8. Repair and Re-Use

Personalisation will always be in fashion. Holes, tears and worn away areas are great opportunities to transform your item into a one of a kind piece. Repairing clothing will also stop you impulse purchasing every time your favourite blouse develops a tear. The longer clothing lasts, the less often it has to be replaced.

9. Rent Your Wardrobe

Safe to say renting is here to stay. Savvy shoppers are realising that renting is a great way to stay on trend, without breaking the bank. It’s an excellent way to save money, change up your style and avoid “wear-it-once” pieces. At HURR, we’re on a mission to pave the way to a more sustainable future, and become your one-stop-shop for all things fashion, without the cost or environmental impact.

10. Reusable bags

Bags for life aren’t just for the supermarket. If you are planning a shopping trip, remember to bring sufficient carrier bags and maybe even use them as a way to curb your spending. Increasingly, brands are offering receipts by email. Take them up on the offer so the only paper/plastic in your purchase are the price tags.

Happy sustainable shopping!