Real talk - no one's perfect. As much as we can strive for that ever allusive ideal, it's important to remember that it is an ideal. In my effort to shop sustainably I realised it can sometimes be hard to be perfect every time. The sustainability issue is a complex one, from production processes and fabric creation, to workers rights and carbon footprints, there are so many different factors to be considered when weighing a garment's impact. Sometimes it's hard to know if a purchase is truly a 'good' or 'bad' choice when it has different pros and cons.
Take this jumper for example. it's actually the only new knitwear I've bought so far this winter, (major sustainability points for buying less) and the reason I eventually chose to buy it was because it was made in Italy (more sustainability points for quality & human rights). The down side is that I realised later it's only 50% wool and the other 50% is acrylic - a synthetic fibre not doing the environment any favours! So I guess you can call this falling short of perfection. This may not have been the most sustainable-eco-friendly purchase but it certainly isn't the least sustainable made-in-China-fast-fashion purchase either. Even though it's a grey area, for me, I know I love this jumper more than the 5x jumpers I could have bought for the same amount at Zara, and I know I will wear it until it's thread bar making it a better choice.
My point is, I am not the finished article, although I don't want to use that as an excuse. This is a journey, not something you can achieve overnight and as long as I'm growing then that's ok. As I learn more about these sustainability factors my choices will inevitably improve, and the closer I'll get to that ideal.