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        During a trip to Berlin, I had a real kick up the bum to start making my life more sustainable. I hadn’t been inspired by anything in particular on this trip, that I can remember, but I started to become very conscious about my buying habits. As a result, I came home and bought NOTHING. I obviously bought my essentials but I was too scared to buy any clothes because I just didn’t know what to do. Eventually I started making more trips to charity shops and using Depop more often (post to come) but eventually, I found myself popping to Primark every now and then and feeling extremely guilty. So I think I shall just be taking things one step at a time and will try and take you on the sustainability journey.
        I’ve been wanting a really practical backpack for a long time now as I’m always carrying really heavy bags to uni. But I wanted something that would be long-lasting and as sustainable as possible. I discovered the brand Freitag in Rough Trade in Nottingham and fell in love. All of their bags come from recycled car, lorry and bike materials – the actual fabric being the tarp covers on lorries and so every bag is unique. I know that this bag could really last me forever.
        It’s unbelievable just how much stuff I can fit in it and it’ll be perfect for cycling! It’s completely waterproof- a necessity if you live in England. They have so many different designs to choose from so you’ll definitely find something that suits you, and they have colour combinations to suit everyone’s taste. My lovely boyfriend bought me this one for my birthday and I couldn’t wait to wear it around. I think there’s a big misconception about eco-fashion and I hope to be able to show you ways to overcome the supposed ugliness of it. I don’t think you should have to compromise style for sustainability and even if the options are limited for whatever you want to buy, there are ways to style just about everything.


        My bag was the Kowalski which you can see here. It’s a little pricey at £125, but for something that will last me hopefully forever, I think it’s worth it. The amount of Primark bags I’ve bought over the years that eventually just fall apart, I probably could’ve bought a few more of these Freitag bags!

        These photos were taken by Rhys Herbert.