“I want people to focus on ‘do it yourself”, and recycling clothes to make them last. Stop buying so many clothes, and when you do, choose well.”
But does Ms Westwood, as someone in the business of fast fashion, practise what she preaches? Apparently so.
She says, “I wear lots of my old things, I like them just as much as the things I design today. Clothes look nicer the older they get. I’m not an acquisitive person; I get one or two things. I don’t need any more because I can’t do better than that.”
Fair enough one might say. But is buying clothing really affecting the environment?
If the figures are to be believed, we buy around 2million tonnes of clothing every year and a staggering 1.2 million of this weight ends up in landfill sites.
The problem lies heavily with highstreet chains which mass produce copies of designer label clothing (such as Ms. Westwood’s) using cheap materials that are non-recyclable.
How do you feel about wearing recycled clothes? Or indeed customising your own?