7 tips to taming teens’ taste for fast fashion

7 tips to taming teens’ taste for fast fashion

Teenagers can so often fall prey to frequent fashion ‘must-haves’.  It is no wonder, as enticing new stock hits fast fashion stores twice weekly nowadays.

Retailers know just how to lure consumers into these absurd circles of micro trends. This incessant push for consumerism is a well-masterminded strategy to simply deliver profits for shareholders, but without revealing the exploitation and devastating effects this $3 trillion garment and textile industry has on our planet’s resources and on the people who produce the clothing.

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7 steps to Guide a Teen’s Closet Clean

7 steps to Guide a Teen’s Closet Clean

As a vegan stylist and mother of both a tween and teen daughter, I’m intrigued by how we’re constantly chartering new waters when it comes to our individual clothing choices.

For tweens and young teens, the necessity for constant size changes is only the beginning. Progressing from child-like prints and styles also calls for updates. Then there’re the social pressures, created by fast-fashion retailers and fueled by peers, which can muster up great uncertainties. The result is often a closet packed with ‘trial and error’, outgrown or outdated, and orphaned pieces.

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The vegan Madison bag by GUNAS

The vegan Madison bag by GUNAS

A savvy chic friend and boutique owner recently exclaimed, “Everyone needs to travel with a leather bag!” I agree, but only if that leather is what’s nowadays being called ‘future’ leather.

‘Future’ leather is manmade material which offers us a way to enjoy sustainable fabric that truly looks and wears beautifully, while also ecologically superior to the toxic brew of preserving animal hides.

Thankfully, it’s present not future, so we don’t need to wait! Drum roll…

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Sacred cows of India

Sacred cows of India

Q. In one of your articles you say that most or the world’s leather comes from India. In this country the cow is sacred, so with respect, I think buying leather from there must be better than China for instance. At least they’re better treated.
Cows of India
A. So sadly, it’s these non-slaughter laws which are heightening the cruelty of cattle.

The reality (see this informative, very graphic PETA footage) is that there are Indian states which allow slaughter. So the cows are harshly treated during transportation and forced to walk for days, while being severely mistreated, before slaughter.

I’ve given up meat, surely not leather now too?

I’ve given up meat, surely not leather now too?

Q. As a 20-year vegetarian, I’ve had nothing to do with the meat industry. Well, until recently when a friend’s daughter showed me a YouTube video on vegan fashion. I had alway just thought of my diet, not my clothing. Now I feel so overwhelmed!
shoe collection
A. One can feel overwhelmed initially. My first fear was what I would do with my beloved shoes, 98% of which were leather!

Baby steps. I still have and wear my most favoured leather pieces, but I won’t spend my money in the industry.

It’s really an opportunity for you to expand and grow more as a compassionate, open person.

So enjoy the journey!

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I’d love to hear from you! 👠