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With all the scandals tainting clothing retailers recently, could simply not shopping for clothes solve all our woes? Making an appearance on BBC News this morning, British fashion designer (and one of our favorite dames) Vivienne Westwood encouraged viewers to give up shopping for at least six months—unless they absolutely had to—to keep our landfills from filling up. Do you agree?

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The delightfully idiosyncratic designer appeared on television to support London Mayor Boris Johnson’s new campaign to fight climate change, which includes measures like reducing landfill trash.

But Westwood doesn’t expect us to quit shopping for good. If purchasing new clothing is unavoidable, she says, we should opt for quality over quantity, eschewing fast fashion for pieces that will stand the test of time. “There is a real connection between culture and climate change,” she says. “We all have a part to play and if you engage with life, you will get a new set of values, get off the consumer treadmill, and start to think, and it is these great thinkers who will rescue the planet.”

Westwood wants us to “get off the consumer treadmill” and start to think to rescue the planet.

As part of the campaign, Westwood participated in a gallery of celebrity portraits shot by photographer Cambridge Jones. The portraits, which are accompanied by captions of the subjects’ thoughts on climate change, will be displayed at London’s City Hall.

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