We've gotten a few questions about Fast Fashion recently. Is it ok to shop fast fashion? What if it's a specific item that you need fast? We get it. It's virtually impossible to never shop at a Zara or H&M. We asked our friend Harriet Hobman to share her thoughts were on this topic and we loved her response.
"Fast Fashion can be hard to resist. It’s cheap, convenient and sooo tempting- just like New York Dollar Pizza around lunch time.
But deep down you know that the better choice would be to walk those 4 blocks over to Sweetgreen and get that organic-locally-grown-kale salad. It’s packed with nutrients, it’s better for the environment, your body, and you feel a lot more satisfied and happy than if you divulged that quick dollar fix craving. That Sweetgreen salad costs a little more, might even mean cutting out a few pieces of pizza for it, but damn is it worth it.
Choosing to shop ethical brands is just like choosing the fresh green salad over a slice of dollar pizza. You walk the extra distance, pay more, and it’s honestly not as enticing at first. But you know it’s the better choice in the long run because you care about your health and you’ve made a choice to eat a cleaner diet, and invest in your local community and ultimately the environment.
Shopping all ethical everything is daunting and can get expensive. Totally understandable. We can’t all afford the $13 kale salad every day. One of the biggest challenges for buying ethically is cheap cheap clothing, especially when you’re on a budget like we all are! (NYC rent anyone?).
If we go back to our analogy, you’re not a terrible person if you grab a dollar slice every once in a while or pick up something at a fast fashion store. The point is, when more people make healthy choices, or choose ethical brands, it becomes a trend that suddenly impacts the entire industry. Suddenly there are locally sourced organic options everywhere, even fast fashion brands are starting their own conscious collections- vegan pizza! ;)
That’s how you, the consumer changes the face of fashion, using each dollar as a vote towards the world that you want."- Harriet Hobman