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.