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Reducing fashion waste

Online fashion returns generated 700,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the UK in just one year, according to the British Fashion Council’s Institute of Positive Fashion. That’s the equivalent of around 23 million garments ending up in landfill.

That’s just from people returning their clothes online.

That doesn’t even account for the clothes that get shipped half way across the world, just to be dumped in other countries, like the Atacama Desert in Chile.

We can’t keep up this wasteful cycle. Our planet can’t handle it.

By sharing honest reviews & real photos, we can help other shoppers know which clothes are good quality, will fit their body shape, what size to get, and more.

We’d love to see reviews of more small and sustainable brands on Desyr too! Lots of people use Desyr as a discovery platform to find clothes to buy, so it’s a great way of getting their name out there.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Check their reviews first: Before you purchase new clothes, make sure to always check the reviews on Desyr first. The reviews can let you know if clothes were poor quality, may not fit your body shape properly, or just look different to how they did online. Checking the reviews can help to reduce your returns and keep clothes out of landfill.
  • Share your own reviews: To help make fashion more sustainable, you could also share your own reviews to help inform other shoppers and contribute to reducing fashion waste. Write your first review of your clothes today!
  • Shop secondhand: If there’s a piece of clothing, a pair of shoes, or accessories that you like the look of, check to see if they’re available secondhand first! We have a secondhand section on our Brands Directory to help you discover second hand platforms.
  • Shop sustainable or small: You could also choose to spend your money with brands that champion sustainability, or small businesses that produce less and produce ethically. Check Desyr’s Brands Directory to see which brands we’ve marked as ‘sustainable’, ‘ethical’, or ‘handmade’.
  • Buy less: When it comes to reducing your fashion footprint, less is more. Avoid making impulse purchases by waiting a few weeks before you actually buy. Again, check the reviews on Desyr to make sure that the quality of the clothes you’re looking to buy is good enough!
  • Buy natural: Try to buy clothing and accessories made from natural, organic fibres, rather than synthetic fibres. This may include cotton, linen, bamboo, flax, wool, and alpaca. Avoid materials like polyester, nylon, spandex and acrylic, which can shed micro-plastics.
  • Repair and alter your clothes: When your clothes become damaged or need mending, try to fix them for yourself! If you don’t have time, you could take them to a tailors, seamstress, or try your local dry cleaners.
  • Upcycle your clothes: Once you’ve got some sewing skills under your belt, you’ll be able to get more creative with upcycling your clothes. Breathe some new life into them by transforming old clothes into entirely new pieces!
  • Sell, recycle, donate or swap your clothes: When you no longer want your clothes, or they don’t fit anymore, then opt to sell, recycle, donate, or swap your clothes! You could sell them on second hand marketplaces, take them to recycling points, donate to local charity shops, swap with family or friends, or even check out some clothes swapping brands! We’d recommend checking out Big Sister Swap.

Sadly, many of our online returns go to landfill, or they’re incinerated. By sharing reviews of clothes, shoes, and accessories, it helps online shoppers to know which products are worth buying and which ones they should avoid. This helps to reduce returns, which in turn reduces carbon emissions and them from going to landfill.