I’ve been trying to make better choices when it comes to our family’s clothes for years. We really stepped it up when Lochryn arrived and for the first year of his life, just like both his brothers and cousin before him he wore the same bundle of clothes they all had and grew out of them just as quickly. Once he slowed down a bit I bought organic ethically made clothes from Babipur, because they only stock the best brands and spend hours researching them so frankly I don’t have to! Bonus there is I can sell them on as well and know they’ll be loved just as much as I loved them!
We decided we were done with kids after Loki and I started to clear through all the baby stuff, the biggest problem was that no one wanted it. It was so frustrating, I couldn’t find any charities to donate it to because they only wanted new stuff (I barely had any new stuff it was 95% handmedowns/preloved! Most of the clothes we were gifted were far too small and were never worn! – these were all regifted)
All the stuff I wanted to donate was far too good to throw away. I tried to sell it (for pennies) but no one wanted it and in the end I had to go to 3 different charity shops who all refused my 3 sacks of clothes and I ended up putting them all in a random African clothing charity bin at the local tip. I don’t even think the charity pictured on the bin exists anymore and I genuinely think those clothes (perfectly good, lovely, barely worn clothes) ended up straight in landfill.
But that’s what we do now.
We buy clothes for pennies, often made by kids and throw them away after a couple of uses and we think nothing of it.
In our house we don’t do that anymore. I shopped on the high street and the supermarkets and splurged for “designer” items in my time and none of it lasted. None of it even made it to the donate pile. They fell to bits because they were poorly made with cheap materials and they didn’t last or even survive to the second child or washing cycle let alone the third.
All the Frugi I bought for Edward, for example, survived Lochryn and got passed on to my friends kids and have been passed on again. Yes, Frugi was slightly more expensive than any other clothes I’d bought before, but Edward wore those trousers and dungarees for nearly 2 years, as did Oren and so did Loki. I personally got 6 years worth of wear out of 3 sets of clothes from Frugi and then they’ve been passed on to two more children. Frugi is worth every damned penny!
Plus the prints are amazing!
I shop organic and I don’t keep up with the popular trends anymore and my kids don’t care, I don’t care and my husband, well he never cared much anyway. Also the matchy matchy with adult Duns is great fun as you can see!
I buy smarter, I buy better. I buy clothes specifically made for kids (not by kids) I buy clothes with reinforced knees that are designed to last and not fall apart. I buy clothes that are cut for cloth nappies and don’t restrict freedom of movement in babies and toddlers. I buy clothes that are fun, that are bright and don’t make my kids look like tiny adults. I buy gender neutral prints because pink and blue are just colours and if my son wants to wear a purple duck top then he can wear a purple duck top.
One of my favourite things about the Babipur clothing section is they don’t have a “boys” section or a “girls” section. They just sell clothes and that’s the way it should be.
I also buy organic GOTS certified clothes because I know with absolute certainty that every single individual who has been involved in the production of those clothes has been treated fairly and has been paid a proper wage. I buy organic because it means my clothes are made from sustainable materials not human made synthetic fibres that leech micro plastics into our eco systems. I buy wellies, waterproofs and coats for my boys made from recycled plastic bottles because we want to do our bit to lessen the impact the fashion industry has on the environment and our planet.
Fast fashion is dying and I will not mourn the loss. Take note from Vivienne Westwood for example and buy less; buy better!
*photo from IG @viviennewestwood
Fashion Revolution Week
Up until a few weeks ago I had no idea was the Rana Plaza disaster was. I don’t recall it being in the news at the time and I never knew the shocking figures I do now.
On the 24 April 2013, 1,134 people died when a clothing factory collapsed in Bangladesh.
Over 2,500 garment factory workers were injured and it all could have been avoided had the owners given a shit about the safety of their workers and not about money.
This week at Babipur we’re trying to raise awareness for this horrific tragedy and we’re posting all about it. You can have a look on the Babipur IG here.
Fashion Revolution week is this week, it runs from 22-28 April 2019. It is all about the raising awareness and highlight the fashion industry chain.
The whole point of the campaign is to raise awareness and speak out by getting you to ask one simple question;
Who made my clothes?
I know, do you?