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#3 The First Photos of Earth, and Fashion

The first photos of Earth were taken by the astronauts of Apollo 8 in 1968. Bill Anders the photographer said, "We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered Earth." These images kicked off a profound way of seeing Earth as a self-regulating living system. The way we do things presently is grossly inefficient and damaging to our environment, and we need to drive change through voting with our wallets, voting in elections, supporting environmental causes and conscious companies.

The below infographic is from Greenpeace and is part of an article explaining how micro plastics from synthetic clothing get washed to sea from washing machines (one piece of clothing can release 700,000 fibres in a single wash!). In addition to polluting the sea, fish eat the plastic, and we often therefore eat the plastic too.

The article pushes the idea of only buying what you need, and to upcycle and recycle clothes. Fast Fashion plays a huge role in this pollution, with the amount of clothes being produced doubling from 2000 to 2014, and predicted to increase in the future.

I loathe fast fashion. The idea of making cheap clothing which rips easily, fades in colour quickly, and needs to be thrown out early is a disgrace. When I see people wearing all this stuff, I immediately note that they have poor style.

Looking good is important, yet buying carefully is the way to go. Quality, albeit more expensive, looks better and lasts longer. I encourage you to buy consciously, and talk about buying habits with friends and family. Avoiding buying cheap clothes, and buy less clothes. Seek inspiration from style bloggers - you'll notice the people being photographed mix old clothes with new ones - this is style!