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    Fashion Revolution Week - Thursday

    Thursday, 23 April 2020  |  Joanna

    Unless there's a global pandemic, it's not realistic to ask people to simply stop buying new clothes. 

    But when you look at the garment hanging on a hanger in the shop, ask yourself some questions.

    Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis has three questions we should always ask ourselves before making a purchase:

    Do I need it? Can I afford it? Can I get it cheaper anywhere else?

    Asking these questions slows you down, stops that impulse buy, and helps you make better choices.

    When you pick up a garment in a clothes shop ask yourselves these three questions: Where was it made? Will I wear it? Will it still be as nice after I've washed it a dozen times? 

    The garment industry uses so much water and fertiliser that it is the second most polluting industry after oil. Not to mention the carbon emissions of flying all that fabric half way round the world. This means that you have to wear an item 30 times before it becomes sustainable.

    We're not asking for you to stop buying new things completely, but we are asking you to think about whether you really need that top, or do you only want it because it's £5 and new?