Friday, 3 January 2014

The Green Challenge


Hi everyone! So as I mentioned in my last post, there are a few changes I'm wanting to make this year and I hope to bring them to light in this post. As a fashion blogger and a fashion student my love for clothing needs no explanation, but it's only been in recent months that I've learnt about the extent of damage mass fashion is having on the earth and on us as citizens of the world. I came across this video a few months ago by the wonderful people over at The True Cost and before you go on reading this post, please take a few minutes to watch this . . .


This film has changed my mindset completely, and as I go into the new year I'm setting myself a challenge to

BUY LESS - KEEP FOREVER

From now on I am ditching the highstreet. Yep you heard right, crazy huh? Besides from eco capsule collections (such as ASOS' The Green Room) I will not buy from anywhere that takes part in this fast fashion trend, and as a blogger I will not receive anymore gifted items unless the company has clear regulations and an ethos of maintaining a sustainable brand.

Of course the clothes I already have in my wardrobe will stay and make appearances on the blog but I will note them out to you as *BG (before green)

Money is an important factor with this challenge too. I'm a student, I have no money. Zilch. Nada. So I will be trawling the internet for the best Eco fashion deals, the best vintage stores and second hand stores and I will of course share my findings with you! 

This is something I feel incredibly passionate about, and I would love to hear your opinion on this post! Dimples Diaries will still be the same, in fact I hope it will be even better now! 

Hopefully this video inspired you just as much as it inspired me, and if anyone wants to take up the challenge with me even if you just try it for a week, or a month, that would be so incredible!

Please do tweet me at @dimplesdiaries or you can email me at dimplesblog@hotmail.co.uk with what you think, I'd love to know!

Thank you for reading guys!

Hannah
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  1. I am so excited to hear this. I have been trying pretty hard to make better ethical choices about my clothes for a few months now. No Primark or H&M... But I want to try and do it properly so I can't wait to see your finds. So much kudos to you
    xxx
    Chambray & Curls

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    1. Yes Primark and H&M were my biggest downfalls! Thank you for the comment and good luck in your eco venture!
      xxx

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  2. ooooh! so exciting! I'll definitely keep up with this :) It's so cool that you're doing this, there's not many people out there that would do that :D x

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  3. This post is really exciting... I'm a fashion blogger too and It's true that we should care more about what we buy and how it affects the world where we live. It's going to be hard, but we have to try it! I join the cause :). Xoxo

    www.coffeewithmary.blogspot.com.es

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    1. I agree and we have a great opportunity to change things with the voices we have!
      Thank you for the comment Mary and good luck!
      xxx

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  4. Oh! Such a good idea and it will make your blog very unusual and different! I am excited to see your up coming posts. Shopping this way sounds more fun than trawling through the Topshop new in section and I bet you'll find some amazing things!

    Emma x

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    1. Thank you Emma! It's definitely going to involve some searching skills trying to find deals, but I'm sure it will be fun all the while!
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  5. Wow this is in an amazing challenge! I'm excited to see your coming posts and what you buy shopping this way.
    xo Dina
    http://www.sweetestsomethings.com

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  6. this is so wonderful of you! congrats on taking that step for yourself and your blog, i look forward to seeing how this goes for you!

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbitblog.com

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  7. hello darling - just came across your blog today and was delighted to read this as the first post. emailing you straight away.

    rae from lovefromberlin

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  8. Well done Hannah this is amazing!! I hadn't heard of The Green Challenge before but I'd actually already decided to do something similar myself, NO NEW CLOTHES FOR A YEAR, which you can read about here: http://bethebteam.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/no-new-clothes-for-year.html

    A few of my friends are trying it as well. Good luck to you and I can't wait to read about it!

    Robin xx

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    1. I absolutely loved reading that post Robin, a great challenge! Keep in touch with how your challenge is going, good luck! :) xxx

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  9. I love all things vintage! Its got more zass to it (i think ive made up a word ha) and will jave a story behind it..great idea! im your newest follower love your blog hope you follow back i would appreciate the support! :) xx

    www.lipstickandpolkadots.blogspot.com

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    1. I totally agree! Thank you very much for the comment and for following, followed you back :) x

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  10. Sounds really interesting, can't wait to see how you get on

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  11. This is such an inspiring resolution! Well done! xx

    www.adventuresofananglophile.com

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  12. I really admire you for doing this! I don't think I could, but I like to think I at least help a little by thrifting a lot of my clothes. Good luck with this new challenge!

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    1. Thrifting is a great alternative, Every little helps! Thank you Jamie :) x

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  13. Hi Hannah,
    Thank you for your lovely comment, I am now following your fabulous blog via blogspot and blogger.
    Follow me too?
    X

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  14. What an amazing challenge and inspiring idea, Hannah! I've read a lot of books and material surrounding this and it's so interesting. Whilst I couldn't wholly commit to it, this post definitely has made me think twice about my own consumerism ways. x

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    1. Thank you Michelle! That's great :) x

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  15. Great challenge! I find it difficult to shop eco-friendly clothes. I think most of retailers don't care about the environment.

    Jasmine xx For a Real Woman

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    1. There's unfortunately not a lot of choice when it comes to eco friendly clothes, so I'll be choosing to shop vintage more :)
      I agree they don't!
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  16. Such a great challenge .
    www.thatgurlsolomon.blogspot.com

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  17. Thats a really nice challenge!

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  18. nice post honey, i love it!
    happy new year!

    xx

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  19. so beautiful, nice and intetresting blog ! Do u wanna follow each other ? If yes , follow me , I ll follow u back as soon as it possible :)

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  20. great post! would you like to follow eachother?
    xx

    daniella

    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  21. I really admire your spirit, and I'm behind you all the way!
    I'm a student too, so cost is always an issue for me as well. Roughly how much more expensive will it be for an eco outfit as opposed to the high street?
    Sammie
    xoxo

    http://sammieontoast.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks for the comment Sammie! Unfortunately there's not a lot of choice when it comes to eco fashion brands, but sites like ASOS have their own eco - section, and it's not much different to their normal prices! But I think I'll be buying more vintage, because it's more cost effective for me :)
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  22. Hey Hannah, I admire what you are doing, make sure to include your local thrift stores in your new ethical approach to shopping... 90% of my clothing is bought from them & I dont feel any less 'stylish' than my high street friends (in fact, I feel more... shhh!) good luck with it, I think you'l do great xx

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    1. Hi Sarah, thank you for the comment! I totally agree I feel a hell of a lot more unique too shopping in thrift stores. I have a planned post specifically on shopping for vintage clothes coming up next month so keep a look out! x

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  23. Going green is such an amazing mind set! I aspire to go green by once again being a vegetarian simply because one of my new year's resolutions way to loose weight and previously when I was a vegetarian I had a much healthier body! I'm a student too so I think going green (as in clothing wise like you) would also be a fab idea!
    Thanks for sharing!


    http://abigailalicex.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for the comment Abigail! I could never go veggie, I love meat far too much but I do some days use Quorn instead of beef etc. I find that's a good way to eat a little more healthier!
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  24. wow such a lovely post! great job x

    I have an ongoing giveaway on my blog, please join! :) xx Miss Beatrix (http://missbeatrix.com)

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  25. I am actually writing up a similar post! About how to be a better shopper. Hopefully, you can read it when it goes live! I have nominated you for a Liebster award :) follow the link to see what your questions are and my responses! http://holliefurniss.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/ive-been-liebsteredexpand-your-network.html

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  26. Can't wait to see future posts on this! Really think we all need to be more aware of the amount of high street clothes we buy without even realising its impact.

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  27. Love the post - good luck with the challenge!
    I'm new to blogging, if you have the time do you fancy checking out my blog and following back?

    x

    http://fashionistadigital.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. Nice post!!! would you like to follow each other with GFC and Bloglovin?
    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  29. I love your blog
    followed
    http://minimaysi.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. This is great! I have been interested in ethical and sustainable fashion for a while and it is great to hear when others become interested as well. Good luck! If you are looking for some ideas of companies www.style-is.co.uk and www.ethicalhighstreet.co.uk are useful resources. Enjoy the challenge.

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  31. This is such a great post, and I would love to hear how you've been getting on. I also try to avoid the high street. I find that for a lot of things, vintage and second hand is great! But sometimes you need a specific item of clothing that fits you well and then youv'e gotta buy new, and finding clothing brands which are ethical, environmental and affordable is a minefield (yet one worth negotiating!) Everyone who I speaks to "trusts" and "distrusts" different brands and it's tricky to know when companies are being ethical and when not. But enough of this negativity, what you're doing is so great, and I can't wait to learn from you! xx

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