Its the younger generation that have lifted the climate crisis to another level and the engagement it has had particularly with millennials and generation Z is incredibly inspiring and nothing short or AWESOME!
That is why we are really excited to introduce to you our youngest eco-champion yet, say hi to Beth 👋🌊!
Beth is a student, blogger and sustainability champion particularly passionate about raising awareness around the harm of fast-fashion and sharing small changes with her community. We absolutely love her insights and awareness, and we know that she will be inspiring other young people to follow in her light footsteps. Beth, you are amazing!
WHAT'S YOUR NAME & WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
Hi! I am Beth and I live just outside of London, UK.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am currently still at school - completing my A levels. Afterwards, I hope to go to university and become a journalist.
WHAT FIRST BROUGHT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS AND PLASTIC POLLUTION, AND WHEN?
I’ve always been an incredibly conscious consumer - I was brought up to understand that sustainable living is not only the best lifestyle in order to prevent excessive pollution and damage to the planet, but also the best for you as an individual.
Growing up, I was aware of how important upcycling items and wearing second hand clothes was. It is not only unsustainable to invest in an abundance of bags or clothes, but also, when will you ever find the time or place to wear all those clothes or use those accessories? I frankly found that being a fast fashion consumer was wasteful and problematic - as I have got older this has become even more apparent to me.
It was not until I really joined secondary school that I became truly aware of the effects of global warming and how climate change was affecting our planet.
Fortunately, I was always taught about climate change at school and this encouraged me to make even more of an effort to reduce my carbon footprint and to live sustainably. I have always had an interest in Geography too, which really provided me with more information on the extent to which the climate crisis was damaging the planet. From those topics in school curriculum to talk that I have attended on climate change, I decided to use my social media platform to raise awareness about eco-friendly living.
HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR LIFE SINCE THEN?
I have always thought of only buying what I need, rather than what I want and so from a very early age I have been less wasteful and instead increasing the longevity of my clothing and personal possessions.
But, since I became properly invested and committed in reducing my carbon footprint, I have almost completely stopped buying from fast-fashion companies and only do buy from them when necessary. I have also began to spend more money on ethical and sustainable products from small sustainable brands that I know I can trust. I donate my clothes to charity shops, sell them on depop and engage in clothes swaps with friends and families. I also have a plant based diet and I am committed to helping others change, with simple sustainable adaptations to their lives.
HOW DOES SUSTAINABLE FASHION FIT INTO THE SOLUTION OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS?
Sustainable fashion is so vital now, more than ever, when finite resources and materials are being used to make clothes. I find that fast fashion is one of the major factors of the climate crisis that we must combat and we only can if each individual begins to stop buying from these brands and instead decides to buy from small eco-conscious brands, that not only use biodegradable or compostable packaging, but also use ethical materials, pay their workers fair wages or upcycle plastic to create their products. I find fast fashion hauls from bloggers and influencers really disheartening, as I know that investing in quality products that last a lifetime is much more sustainable than buying clothes that will be thrown away and consequently end up in a landfill site.
HOW DOES A FUTURE LOOK LIKE WITHIN SUSTAINABLE FASHION?
I think the future is positive as more people are becoming conscious consumers and making the switch from buying clothes from fast fashion brands to instead shopping from charity stores, thrifting and buying from environmentally friendly brands. I hope that in the future, people will also be only buying what they need, as influencers do tend to publicise their overtly unsustainable lifestyles and this only influences more people to begin to do the same. There will hopefully be more sustainable fashion advocates on social media in the future and also many more sustainable brands to choose from.
IN WHAT WAY ARE YOU BRINGING POSITIVE CHANGE TO YOUR COMMUNITY?
I hope that I am raising awareness about the perils of living unsustainably in a period of crisis and that I am also providing my community with alternatives to an unethical lifestyle, so that they feel that they are able to make changes in their lives, however small they are.
NAME ONE SMALL BUT POWERFUL CHANGE PEOPLE CAN MAKE TO BETTER TAKE CARE OF OUR PLANET
I think one powerful change people can make to better take care of our planet is to stop buying from fast fashion brands. Not only do they account for so much of the wasted clothes in landfill sites, but they also do not use their profits to prevent deforestation and usually their workers are exploited. People need to understand that they can receive just as good quality clothes, if not better, from charity stores or from buying fashionable products from sustainable businesses.
MORE ABOUT BETH
Full name - Beth
From - England, UK
Main occupation - Studying
Favorite place in the world is - Portugal
My favorite book right now is - The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
I cannot live without - My dog, my family and friends.
My ocean spirit animal is - A dolphin
Three words that would describe me are - introverted, friendly and hard-working
My favorite thing about our oceans is - The beautiful sealife / sea creatures we need to protect.
First activity in the morning is - Having a shower
One of my dreams in life is - To write a book
My go-to sustainable product is - My upcycled jewellery - earrings
I am passionate about - I am extremely passionate about sustainability - I know how important it is that everyone does their part in helping combat climate change and I will continue to use my platform to share my own views and also statistics on this matter. I am also extremely passionate about feminism - equal rights for everyone. I also believe in ending social injustice and helping to end poverty around the world. Whenever I can, I donate to charities that will help end poverty and for other equally important matters. I hope that by spreading awareness about climate change and its implications for our planet, I can help encourage other young people and the younger generation to make sustainable changes.