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A MINDFUL FESTIVUS.


IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN. WHEN IT COMES TO THE FESTIVE SEASON WE’VE ALL BEEN GUILTY OF MINDLESS CONSUMERISM. HERE IS OUR LIST OF HANDY HINTS TO REMAIN ON THE ETHICAL BEST-DRESSED LIST THIS SILLY SEASON.

Responsible fashion that respects people and our planet should be the norm, not a trend. At Sans Beast we aim to encourage conscious purchasing and above all, compassion for those we share the planet with (and that very much includes animals - check out our work with Edgars Mission).


1. Buy second hand, thrifted + vintage
It takes 2,720 liters of water to make one t-shirt. That’s three years of drinking water for one person.  There's nothing more rewarding than searching high and low to find that ultimate treasure and granting it a second life. Whether it be a pair of preloved, vintage sunglasses at Camberwell market, or the freshest double denim co-ord at Vinnies.

2. Recycle, repair + upcycle
Most of our clothing is incinerated or sent to landfills. Only 20% of clothing globally is collected for reuse.  Get on to the Youtube tutorials or ask your Gran for a lesson in how to sew a button on to that cherished blazer, or patch those holey denim jeans. Not only does this help to reduce our ludicrous waste, but often learning a new craft can bring all types of inspiration to your current closet (or floordrobe.)  We also love the Craftivist Collective founded by Sarah Corbett - get those hands busy. 

3. High quality + timeless design
We are all for quality over quantity on this one. We like to remember the words of Coco Chanel - "Elegance, does not necessarily consist of putting on a new dress."
Carefully putting some thought and investment into your staple pieces can often be more rewarding than playing around within the stock market. Choosing pieces that will endure - not to mention survive numerous nights of too many espresso martinis - is vital for longevity (easy on the espresso martini spillage though - taking care of your wardrobe is necessary if you want it to go the distance).

 
4. Ethical + fair
Arguably the most important factor on this list.  Help educate yourself and those around you. Ensure you know where your items are being sourced from.  If the item is environmentally or socially intensive try to avoid when possible, and of course protect the fur-babies at all cost by supporting cruelty free fashion. 

5. Made to order, custom, DIY 
Choosing to wear your art is one of the best forms of self expression. Often having something custom made helps to reduce waste and increases an ethical transparency along the way. 

6. Rent, loan, swap 
Whilst we value quality, spending a month's rent on a dress for every social  occasion just doesn't stack up. There are plenty of rental companies providing you the chance to loan the latest look, helping us avoid that buyers remorse. Or why not get together with friends and start trading?

7. Buy what you LOVE.
Be it on sale or full price, make that purchase a well considered one.  Consider if you'll love it in a year - and beyond - as this will ensure you take care of it, and treat it with respect. Every item in your wardrobe has been made by humans, and often made with finite planetary or non-vegan resources.  Respect this often time consuming + labour intensive process  - and embrace the notion of falling in love before spending.

  
Happy festive season beautiful beasts, may 2020 be all you wish it to be (and more).
Ailysh XO