Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

Sustainable Threads

While many have been concerned about how sustainable our food is not much attention has been paid to sustainable clothes. Slow food has been around for ages – now we need to join the slow fashion movement.

Australians buy 27 kilos of textiles per year and throw out 6 tonnes every 10 minutes.

Ecological Footprint information for Canberra shows that the clothes we buy have a significant impact on our footprint.

At SEE-Change we are encouraging people to think about:

  • what sort of fabrics our clothes are made from (natural fibres are best) 5 best natural fabrics.
  • where are they produced (in Australia or overseas)
  • who made your clothes (were they paid a fair wage and worked under fair conditions)
  • how are they dyed (with toxic chemicals or organic dyes)
  • are they well made or will they fall apart quickly
  • what happens to your clothes at the end of their life (do they end in landfill or are they sent overseas)

We advocate for alternative ways to clothe yourself:

  • make your own
  • shop at pre-loved stores
  • upcycle clothes
  • stick to a capsule wardrobe
  • attend a clothes swap.

Why not take up a Buy Nothing New challenge – grab a friend and buy no new clothes for one week, one month, one year. SEE-Change’s Executive Officer, Edwina Robinson committed in 2017 to one year of buying no new clothes. Follow her journey on Facebook.

During 2017 we are holding a number of events that focus on being more mindful about our clothing.



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