Woodland, Young, Women, Modeling, Flower

It’s been a crazy few weeks here at Designer Bumps, however the most exciting part was being asked to write a guest blog for Tanya at the Eco Organiser. Tanya and I both share an interest (passion!!) in decluttering and reducing the carbon footprint left by the fashion industry in our pursuit of fast fashion. This was part of the reason I began this venture.

So here it is. I hope you enjoy the read…

Fashionable Footprints
With our growing passion for fashion so to does our growing carbon footprint, leaving a mess for the next generation to clean up.

With the global apparel market valued at 3 trillion dollars and accounts for 2 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) we are not talking about loose change. Source Fashion United

Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of textiles, buying an average of 27 kilograms of new clothing and other textiles each year. With more than 500,000 tonnes of textiles and leather end up in landfill each year.

Women in the U.K. buy half of their body weight in clothes each year, and the average woman in England has 22 unworn items in her closet. With the average American family spending $1,700 annually on clothes, it would be interesting to know the lasting this has on our planet. The answer 0.48 metric tons of CO2e. To find out your fashion carbon footprint https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx

Recycled Designer Bumps
It’s always a thrill to receive positive feedback on our blogs. “In a responsible fashion” caught the eye of Jade, young Melbourne business owner, mother of 3, out there doing her bit to reduce, reuse and recycle fashion.
With our passions aligned, it made sense to share her story with you.

“Like many people, I am invited to attend functions and special occasions, from 2013 through mid-2015 I was pregnant with my son and then my twins. Trying to find a special occasion maternity dress that I felt comfortable in and didn’t cost a week’s wage was disastrous.

Not wanting to purchase a new dress for every occasion and not able to justify the cost for something that I’d only wear once, I felt forced to wear something that didn’t quite fit my growing belly.

Sustainable Maternity Wear
“Following the birth of my twins, I noticed a growing demand for designer dress hire, however maternity dresses were usually overlooked, it was in May 2015, I opened the doors to Designer Bumps. Like me, parents have so many costs (baby furniture, nappies, clothes etc) to worry about, and shopping for a dress shouldn’t be a one of them.

Aside from cost advantages of hiring over buying, I realised hiring an outfit is a more sustainable option – less fashion waste (seriously, how many times are you going to wear that maternity dress again?) not to mention the energy and resources used to make new clothing items.

Love My Bump Business
“I love what I do now, I love that I can offer Mumma’s an affordable option to wearing designer dresses without taking away the fun factor of actually shopping and trying them on!

I also love that my dresses are hired and worn multiple times, reducing the impact on the environment. “
Jade ~ Designer Bumps

To all the Mum’s to be, why not rethink your fashion footprint and reward our planet and your babe’s future.