LYZI UNWIN ON BUYING SUSTAINABLY
Our little team has recently been joined by Lyzi Unwin - who is a complete delight. Lyzi's Being Little blog has marked her out as a key Bristol influencer. Here's her fashion journey... she talks about large clothing hauls and the move to buying something with real consideration - whether it's buying vintage or buying something new that's going to last.
Why/How I’m Becoming More Aware of Shopping Ethically.
I have always loved clothes and fashion.
As a young child, getting a big bag of hand-me-downs and modelling them for my family who (mostly) couldn’t care less, endless scribbles of wild clothes I would love to create, flicking through fashion magazines, shopping as a social activity with my mum or friends, and then came online shopping – something far too easy to become addicted to.
My shopping habits shifted when it became that easy. I could shop without moving - just a few clicks and a huge bag full of stuff I didn’t need would arrive the next day, all wrapped neatly and separately in plastic. I didn’t give a second thought to where it was made, or who buy. I just wanted it, and I wanted it now.
Being in the blogging world only perpetuated the feeling of needing more, and I loved reading or watching people’s “hauls” – countless items of clothing that people were buying, or being sent, and showing off, making you feel like maybe you needed to do the same. The whole influencer industry is essentially built on encouraging people to buy things they don’t really need, without thinking about where it’s come from.
More recently, there has been a shift. Hauls are seen less and less, and people are talking about buying more consciously. People have started to use their platforms to talk about world issues more – and this is a great place to start. We need to make people aware of how important this is.
I am thinking so much more about each purchase I make, and not buying on impulse. It’s so much more satisfying thinking about an item of clothing, saving for it, and knowing that you’re going to keep it and love it for years to come.
I have also loved vintage clothing since my teens, but I’ve fallen for it even harder of late. I work in a vintage shop (Rhubarb Jumble in Bristol) and I love the feeling of finding something that fits you perfectly, like it was made for you. I’m altering and fixing things I have that aren’t quite right, or have been damaged. I can do much of this myself, but for anything more complicated I go to the tailor. We live in such a throwaway culture, and many of these skills have been lost.
I’m still learning, and feel like I’m only just dipping my toe into the world of sustainable and ethical fashion, but I’m hoping that I can encourage people to come with me on this journey of learning more about it. We’re all in it together, after all.
It can feel a little overwhelming looking at the state of the world and not knowing if there’s anything you can do to help, but small things do add up to make a difference. Of course, there needs to be a massive change in attitudes from our government, but the things we can do on the ground all help us to move towards a better future.