Today is World Environment Day, this year the global theme is Think.Eat.Save, all about how to combat food waste. Keeping on topic, Susta-Style this week is about what to do with your clothing waste, and in fact how it's not waste at all! Over the next 5 weeks Susta-Style will be going on a journey through different elements of what sustainable style means when it comes to fashion. Below is all the themes we are going to cover and today we're kicking off with - Recycle, Share & Swap.
The Susta-Style journey
|Recycle, Share & Swap|
|Care & Cleaning|
|Repair & Rebirth|
|Knowledge & Research|
|Return on Investment|
What is 'Recycled' clothing: Anything that has been made from already existing materials, fabrics, metals or fibers. These are often reclaimed from previously made clothing and accessories and reworked into new ones. Fibers can also be re-purposed from pre-existing fabric, re-spun and reused for new garments.*
How you can recycle your clothes:
- Donate - Giving your old clothes to charities, (known as charitable recycling of post-consumer waste) is one of the oldest recycling industries in Australia. It's estimated between 80-100 million kilos of textile waste is collected each year through clothing recycling collection bins. 60% consists of items of clothing that can be reworn or reused! and 15% can be torn into industrial wiper cloths.
- Share & Swap - Buying new clothes all of the time makes no sense at all when you can have fun with your friends sharing and exchanging. Hosting a clothes swap is a great way to stop clothes being thrown out and ending up in landfill. The 1MW team is hosting its own internal clothes swap, it's something you can do in your own workplace too.
Did you know?: Australians collectively spend over $12 billion a year on more than a billion fashion items, but discarded clothing makes up 4-5% of waste going into our landfills!
We can make this a lot more sustainable. See even more sustainable fashion tips here at our website.
There is a lot you can do with your old clothes instead of just throwing them away. Remember, there is no away!