Have you ever heard of Nothing New November? You may have heard of No-Shave November, a campaign which aims to raise cancer awareness. Similar to No-Shave, the Nothing New November challenge raises awareness for a more conscious fashion industry and environmentally friendly lifestyle. By choosing not to purchase any new clothes for the month you will be standing up for slow fashion, saving money and helping the movement for a safer and greener planet.
How did it begin?
Role Model Laura Madden challenged herself last year to go a month without purchasing anything new to grow more conscious about how and where she was shopping. This year she is challenging you to join her.
“Just like most of us, I have always loved clothes, shopping and getting dressed up! When I found out that the fashion industry was one of the largest polluters of the planet, I knew something major had to change with how I was consuming fashion. Good news! Shopping secondhand is one of the most sustainable ways you can shop. Secondhand fashion is sustainable fashion.”
Challenge yourself to take a month off from making any new purchases! Or if you do, go to a thrift store for some secondhand shopping, swap outfits with your friends or family, be creative and have fun with it!
Secondhand Shopping Tips From Laura:
- Buy quality: if there are brands you know are questionable, such as most fast fashion brands, my suggestion is to pass on those. They’re less likely to hold up for the long haul.
- Multitaskers: the items you can mix and match the most are going to give you the most bang for your buck. The more wears you get, the better for you and the planet.
- Buy only the items you need and want: to keep me on track, I keep an album of looks on my phone that I’m actually in need of. It’s also a good reminder to resist the impulse buy.