Eco-friendly shopping is a growing trend in the UK, and internationally, and it's encouraging to see. More and more people are coming to recognise the potential impact of fast fashion and excessive consumption on the planet. Our aim is to help offset some of these challenges by using secondhand materials to create unique, high quality, and eco-friendly products that will last.
How are we eco-friendly?
- We only use eco-friendly packaging.
- Reclaimed fabrics make up the majority of the fabric we use for our products.
- No textiles go to waste. Any scraps can be incorporated into patchwork or smaller items.
- Any scraps that are too small to reuse are donated to charity or recycled.
- All of our products are handcrafted here in the UK.
- Every Remade Reloved creation means a little more fabric saved from landfill - and that has to be a good thing, right?
So what is fast fashion?
Fast fashion has become a bit of a buzzword over the last few years. It means trends in clothing and accessories which move quickly from the catwalk to the shops to be able to offer the latest fashion at a cheap price to the mass market.
But these items are not designed to be used year after year and can often be seen as disposable. Making clothes and accessories for the mass market leaves no room to be eco friendly. Most of these collections are made cheaply from synthetic (plastic!) fabrics which don’t break down once thrown away. This is why fast fashion is becoming known as a bad thing.
We are constantly bombarded with advertising designed to make us keep buying fast fashion, however up to 73% of clothes and accessories in UK closets never gets worn!
UK fashion retailers spend an estimated £241 million annually on convincing you that you need the latest trend. That’s a lot of pressure on you as the consumer!
What’s the problem?
There is a growing awareness in the UK of the damage that fast fashion is causing to the environment. Globally, in terms of pollution, the textile industry is second only to the oil industry. Cotton is a staple of the textile industry, and producing enough cotton for one t-shirt and one pair of jeans requires up to 20,000 litres of water. The average person in the UK uses just 300 litres per day in comparison.
In the UK in 2016, people in Britain sent 235 million items of clothing to landfill, worth an estimated £140million. In the same year, British people bought 1.13 million tonnes of clothing; producing that clothing generated 26.2 million tons of CO2.
If we can remake and relove just a small percentage of that, we can all make a difference in our own way.