Create a Conscious Closet: How to Get Sustainable Shapewear


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The world is changing and the reality is that our actions can and do have an impact. We all know we need to do our bit and thankfully there are more eco-friendly choices when it comes to retail and fashion than before, including outdoor and activewear.

We all know that fast fashion has contributed towards some of the pollution we are seeing but the thing is fast fashion is often cheaper and with so many feeling the pinch in the cost of living, it can often be the only choice for many families, but luckily that is changing.

It is really good to see that not only are many fashion brands are focusing on being more sustainable in regards to things like the packaging they use and the materials and manufacturing processes they use but consumers are also changing the way they shop, including buying a lot more second hand than before.

Things like organic white tees have been on the market for years but now you can get pretty much anything with lower carbon footprint, from winter jackets made from plastic bottles to running shoes, joggers and even waist trainer vendors now in the shapewear industry are also following this path.

How to create a conscious activewear closet

If you are looking into ways to be more sustainable and want to contribute to taking care of our planet and still want to feel good when you are out and about, on a hike or just heading to meet friends, then here are some tips.

The first thing you have to do is a little bit of research to see what brands offer sustainable pieces or how you can source the brands you love second-hand. You also may want to look into brand reputation, are they just trying to greenwash or do they actually seem like they want to make fundamental and long-term changes to becoming more sustainable. 

Also look at market leaders, such as Patagonia, who while are on the pricey end there are more budget-friendly companies that are taking a similar approach. Once you have found the right brand to buy from, you need to think about the occasions you are going to wear your pieces. You also need to make sure under what pieces of clothing you are going to wear them.

Another key element is starting to shop second-hand, not only will you find things at a much better price, but often garments are unworn or in mint condition but it also means reusing or rehoming clothing instead of it going to a landfill. 

There are pieces like, for example, a built-in shaper dress, that is sustainable and will also make you look and feel amazing with it on. Perhaps you are simply trying to upgrade your wardrobe slowly and just want a few small pieces such as socks, that are breathable, and long-lasting but also low-impact.

Another way to support small businesses and independent artists is to order tee's from a platform that allows them to showcase their art such as Tee Public where local artists can upload and sell their illustrations on an array of clothing, they ship worldwide including the UK and have FREE US shipping for orders $80+ at Tee Public


Why is it important to choose sustainable activewear?

Choosing sustainable activewear is important because we are at a turning point where we need to do what we can to ensure a future for our children and this planet and even the smallest change can have a ripple effect.

We also need to start taking responsibility for ourselves and how we purchase things, for me personally I have switched to purchasing most items second-hand and upcycling pieces as well as wearing things for a lot longer than before.

Buying pieces that are sustainable will not only create less waste but are much more durable and you won’t need to buy pieces that often.

It goes without saying that when you feel that you won’t wear a piece anymore, don’t throw it away, just gift it to someone in your family or any of your friends or donate it to someone in need. This way you are giving the pieces a second life but also you are giving someone the chance to wear something they couldn’t before. 

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How to stay safe while hiking in the UK


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There are still many remote places in the UK despite it being quite a populated island. especially in places like Snowdonia, the Scottish highlands, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. I personally have hiked many times with the kids that has been out of reach of mobile service or reception and at those times you need to be aware of how to stay safe on the trail especially if you are hiking with younger members of the family. 

So I thought I would share some key tips and things I do to prepare for a hike especially if I know it's going to be fairly remote. 

1. Plan ahead

It goes without saying that you need to have a rough idea of what the trail will look like before setting out, are there any steep inclines, and what equipment is best suited, also take into account the weather, its better to hold off for a dry day than heading out in torrential rain or heavy wind. 

2. Always tell someone where you are going

Regardless if it's just a day hike or an overnight it's always worth telling somewhere where you are going and roughly how long you're going to be, this means if something does happen and you don't return home at the estimated time that the alarm will be raised and they will have a rough idea of the area you were hiking. 

3. Print or Download a photo of the trail map 

Do keep in mind if you are relying on a mobile phone that they can fail so a physical printed copy is always a good idea to have on you. Being able to orientate yourself and locate where you are is key. 

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4. Carry extra water, a portable mobile charger and an emergency foil blanket

These three essentials will come in handy should you get lost on the trail or someone has an accident. Extra water is a must, even hiking in winter will make you thirsty so always take more than you need. A mobile charger is a must if you are relying on your phone for map reading, also people tend to call emergency services when their battery is running low so having a portable mobile charger is a game changer. An emergency foil blanket is really light and packs down super small but can keep you warm in times of need and also helps emergency services to spot you. 

4. Carry at least one extra layer 

Especially if you are hiking up a mountain summit, the temperature at lower levels may be drastically different to that at the summit 

5. Consider investing in a GPS tracker 

If you are regularly hiking in remote areas or areas out of mobile reception, then investing in a GPS tracker could bring a real sense of security to loved ones but also many come with an SOS button which you can press should you require help. You can also get a car tracker so your family would at least know which trail you have parked by.

6. Know your limits

If you realise at any time that the trail is beyond your fitness level or skill set, then there is no shame in turning back, especially if you are starting to feel overwhelmed and disorientated as these are times you are likely going to make a mistake that could've costly. 

While I know the UK doesn't have the expanse of places like Canada or mountain ranges like India but we still have some pretty remote and wild spaces that attract a lot of hikers. I stumbled onto someone on a trail a few years back who had just slipped and broken her ankle, she wasn't wearing suitable shoes or clothing and had taken on a harder route than her skill level so it's really important to adhere to common sense while hiking. 


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