Fighting "fast fashion" with a change in couture.
Did you know that we dump more than 500,000 tonnes of clothing in landfill in Australia alone? Fast fashion is where clothes are designed to be bought quickly and replaced, eventually thrown away and dumped. As fashion is something we all participate in, it is an area we can all improve in for the benefit of the planet and workers all around the world.
The SRC and Environment Council have teamed up to host an Abbotsleigh Clothes Swap. Girls were encouraged to bring in their loved good quality clothes they no longer wear in exchange for other clothes on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 June.
All leftover clothing will be recycled into reusable bags or donated to charity.
At the beginning of Wednesday we had collected 12 huge crates of clothes, and by Thursday afternoon there were five full crates remaining that will be donated to charities and turned into reusable bags. The girls found it a very thought provoking and enjoyable and have requested further clothes swaps in the future, which is very encouraging to see our girls passionate about changing our fashion consumption! It was also great to hear some of the girls' conversations as they were looking through the clothes, keen to revamp/cut/alter them to fit their own style, and thinking of relatives these clothes could benefit.
Friday 21 June was a mufti day where girls wore the new clothes they got from the clothes swap or wore clothes they hadn’t worn in a long time. All the proceeds from the gold coin donations for wearing mufti went to Fashion Revolution, a company dedicated to changing the way we consume fashion.