Sustainable Trends with Banbury Gateway

This week I was kindly sent up on a shopping trip to Banbury Gateway shopping park to have a nosey around and discover all things sustainable trends. This month they have been championing sustainable fashion across many of their stores, and on June 5th it was World Environment Day, so I thought I’d mix my love of styling along with finding out how some shops were sticking to the theme.

The shopping park itself is one I haven’t been to before, and there’s nothing better than a new set of shops to look around. My faves were River Island, M&S, Fat Face, Outfit and Primark, some of which are not local at all to me which was a bonus! For those who like classic high street stores all in one easily accessible place, the Banbury Gateway was THE place to go. Though, it did rain like mad the day we went…

The first places we popped into were M&S and Superdrug – I especially found both of them beauty-wise were offering vegan products and recyclable packaging. The thing I hate most is when you order something online and it comes in tons of plastic packaging! I find it so much better to pick something up in store when I’m passing through.

2019 isn’t necessarily seeing new product trends when it comes to skincare and makeup, but actually sustainability with the way we use it. Many brands are cutting down their use of plastic in their products, and I think the idea of ‘less is more’ is coming into action with multi-use products as opposed to using 10 different products each morning… It’s time to go back to basics!

However, if you are after some top summer tips for trends, think pastel nails, natural eyelashes, bright lips and ditch the foundation for glossy and natural skin!

Moving onto fashion, the biggest sustainable fashion trend seems to be denim. Both Primark and Fat Face did this really well.

Primark had a sustainable denim range which I had no idea about – they use 100% sustainable cotton for a range of their skinny jeans as part of a Sustainable Cotton Programme, and the programme aims to support farmers in India and Pakistan with income to support their families. Fat Face were similar and had a Better Cotton Initiative programme with their denim, a lot of which is also made from recyclable cotton.

During summer there’s so much you can style with denim, whether it be jeans with ditsy tops on cooler days, or short skirts or shorts with your bikinis on holiday. I noticed Primark had denim jeans in pretty much every colour you can think of (I popped this on my Instagram story, it’s now on a Banbury Gateway highlight if you want to go and see!) and now all I want is a pair of pale pink short shorts…

Keeping with Fat Face, I noticed they also had an eco swimwear range made with a 100% recyclable fibre – ideal for summer and holiday time! Patterned clothing and swimwear is always a great way to bring fun to your wardrobe and Fat Face had the most fabulous range. I was eyeing up the multi-coloured spotted suit on the right hand side…

Some of my favourite high street stores are the ones you find in Outfit, including Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Miss Selfridge etc, so it was a bit of a no brainer that I was going to pop in there. I knew Topshop had released a vegan shoe range, and Miss Selfridge had a new eco range released in the Spring too, so I thought I’d pop in to see what they had to offer and the sustainable trends I could find.

Other than the gorgeous store front, I found so many gorgeous pieces! The vegan shoe range by Topshop is SERIOUSLY beautiful, and if you are vegan I can imagine it would make you feel a lot better about buying shoes that have the same look/feel. The ones I found were the REYA shoes and I’ve got serious buyers regret about not picking them up! They would’ve worked so well with some cropped jeans and a casual tee.

I also tried to hunt out some of the Miss Selfridge Eco range, and I found the cutest ‘Love’ white tee. You can never beat a white t-shirt as a staple trend all year round to wear tucked in with skirts or trousers, and depending on if you’re dressing up or down you can simply add trainers or heels!

I find sustainable fashion so interesting, but actually had no idea how many high street retailers were actually involved in making their stores more planet-friendly. We had such a good day at the Banbury Gateway and the stores there were just 100% my kinda stores! I definitely recommend having a look if you’re nearby.

Let me know your thoughts on sustainable fashion and if it impacts your shopping habits? I’d love to know if I’ve given you a few more ideas when it comes to sustainable trends too – drop me a comment as always!

R x

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*This is a paid collaboration with Banbury Gateway Shopping Park but all thoughts and opinions are my own*

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