#59 | Hop in on the Slow Fashion Bus, with Olesya Lane

Join today’s conversation with Olesya Lane, one of the most joyful creatives we’ve met, who will introduce you to the world of sewing, mending, and upcycling clothes for a better planetary footprint. 

Fast fashion finds its nemesis in the conscious movement of slow fashion, an alternative that mitigates excessive consumption, poor quality clothes, waste, pollution, and CO2 emissions. 

Olesya guides us through top tips and tricks for reducing the impact of our fashion choices on the planet, as well as improve our relationship with clothes through better caring and creative reuse. 

Instead of acting as a panacea for unrelated personal issues (maybe stress or burnout), clothes can become a channel of expression and love for colors, seasons, nature, people, and ourselves. 

Tune in to get inspired!

What you’ll learn: 

●      What happens with clothes after they are collected in recycling bins;

●      How to reuse and upcycle pre-loved clothes;

●      How to reduce the planetary impact of your fashion choices.

Books & other resources mentioned:

Company website: https://slowfashionbus.co.uk

Documentary movie: The True Cost

Quotes of the guest:

I’m not sure if we can call these bins ‘recycling bins’ because only 1% of all donated discarded clothes can be recycled actually in a factory. Just because of how it’s made – the fabric quality is very low, there are mixed fabrics; it gets very difficult.

One piece of advice: 

It’s essential that, as consumers, we start making more thoughtful shopping decisions.

Companies and governments either don’t have the incentives or the means to achieve the transition we need alone and in due time. We also need to be aware of the social and environmental impact of our decisions and adjust them to drive a more positive impact.

Start with a fun challenge: 1 month, 100 days, or (for the daring ones) 200 days without purchasing new clothes.

Try vintage, second-hand, or upcycling instead! See how it feels. It can liberate you of material stuff you don’t really need and leave room for things that actually matter.

If you do need to buy something, buy good quality, classic style fabrics. They may get more expensive, but it will be an investment with multiple benefits.