fashion tips › Clothes swap and eco-styling workshops

Clothes swap and eco-styling workshops

2017年05月16日

The dresses, skirts, tops and jackets are all good quality and all pre-loved.


And the women — some op shop veterans, some novices — are all warriors in the war against fast fashion.


Fast fashion is the term that describes the quick turnover of trendy, cheaply made clothing that often ends up in landfill.


"The reason we do these clothes swaps is not only to have fun and tszuj up our wardrobes," said Nina Gbor, eco-stylist and event organiser.


"It's basically to reduce clothing waste."


Exploring the potential of second-hand clothes


Ms Gbor holds clothes swap and style workshops several times a year, motivated by her belief in sustainability and love of fashion.


"A lot of clothes are made cheaply ... of synthetic fabrics which do not decompose," she said.


"The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry after oil and gas and people are not aware of that.


"An event like this spreads awareness."


Participants pay a small fee to attend and bring up to 10 items of clothing and accessories to add to the swap pool.


After picking out and trying on items, they take home the ones they like.


At the end of the swap, unchosen items can be retrieved by their owners or left behind to be donated to charity.


Ms Gbor also demonstrates how to repurpose op shop clothes and how to wear the same pieces across different seasons, such as by adding thermals.


"People don't realise the potential of an outfit."


Campaigning for better conditions for textile workers


The clothes swap events also focus attention on the plight of exploited textile workers around the world.


Abbie Waine is the co-convenor of the Australian National University collective SWEATS — Students Wanting to Eliminate All Textile Sweatshops.


As well as campaigning for better wages and factory conditions, the collective teaches hands-on skills.


"We do knitting ... screen printing [and] tie dying, that sort of thing," Ms Waine said.


"We ... encourage people to gain an appreciation of how their clothes are made so they're more conscious of that when they're thinking about buying clothes."


Another clothes swap participant, Dee Hogan, managed a Vinnies store for more than three decades.


She's concerned about the impact of fast fashion on not-for-profit organisations.


"It's just a shame because if the item is made with such cheap material then it's really not serviceable to be used as second-hand," Ms Hogan said.


"It's out of shape and doesn't last.


"You can definitely tell if something is a quality piece that's made with good material — that's worthwhile recycling and reusing, and it saves landfill."


Handing down benefits of ethical fashion


Garmisch Riley attended the clothes swap with her mother Jeannie and baby daughter Iris, who was dressed in a second-hand onesie from a previous swap event.


"I was pregnant with Iris when I came to the first one and I was surprised at just how much variety of clothes there was, including maternity wear and breastfeeding-friendly clothes.


"And I thought, 'This is perfect'.


"This is the future that [our children] are going to have and it's a lot better if we ... wear clothes that are already available."Read more at:evening dresses uk | formal dresses




上の画像に書かれている文字を入力して下さい
 
<ご注意>
書き込まれた内容は公開され、ブログの持ち主だけが削除できます。