Three powerhouse boss women, saving the planet and humanity one discarded item at a time
Low-cost, (and low-quality if you ask me) garments mean we are buying and disposing of more clothing than ever. Did you know that Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of textiles, buying an average of 27 kilograms of new clothing and other textiles each year. And when Australia alone produces about 500,000 tonnes of textile waste per year, maybe it’s time we all reconsider the need for and ‘convenience’ of Fast fashion.
And I know what your question is going to be…But how can we make a difference?
Well, it starts with a self-evaluation. Think about your own impact on those less fortunate and your personal footprint on the planet before making the choice to buy something. Do your own research, ask questions. And get advice from those in the know.
These three women are my ethical inspiration. To me, they are true Difference makers. If you are interested in learning more about lessening our impact on the planet and how you can help those people less fortunate, follow the links below and read these women’s blogs, follow their advice and together we can make a difference.
Never Ever Pay Retail: Australia’s guide to op shopping + sustainable style
I first came across Hannah Klose and her thrifting gifts after becoming lost in the rabbit warren that is the discover page of Instagram. The first blog post that I read was Hannah’s very helpful tips and tricks post, perfectly titled ’10 Commandments of Op-shopping’. She talks about everything you need to know to have a successful day out, from what to wear when you go in to reminding us to be kind to the volunteers in the stores! But I really love is her collection of ‘secondhand stories’. Everyone and every garment has a story to tell and Hannah has so lovingly collected those stories for the purpose of encouraging and inspiring others to cherish the old and never ever pay retail again!
The Only Way is Op: Fall back in love with what you already own
A self confessed lover of life, rescuer of discarded clothing and pattern clash enthusiast, Ellen is one hell of a power dresser and I am not embarrassed to admit my love for this thrifty women. She is all about sustainable fashion and has written many a great article about the importance of loving and making the most of what we already have. Ellen is both fahionable to insightful; I am both informed and challeneged by her articles. Thanks to her I’m less afraid to experiment with patterns and colours and I’ve also been reminded of the negative effects of Fast fashion. Ellen inspires me to shop within my own wardrobe and to appreciate what I have.
Fashion Hound: The hunt for more ethically conscious fashion is on
Eco stylist and Salvos Store Ambassador Faye De Lanty knows how to get the high street fashion look for less, a lot less. But what I love the most about her work is that she doesn’t do it just for the money, she’s committed to changing the world, for the better. Op shopping is about more than just saving money, it’s about more than lessening the effects of fast fashion, it’s about helping people in need and about lessening our footprint. Faye has reminded me of the positive change we can enact through our simple change in shopping location. Op shops around the country raise millions of dollars to empower people…people that may be homeless, dealing with addiction, depression, family issues or even a natural disaster. One small decision to hunt around and buy second-hand can help so many people. And if you are happy to spend more money Faye has written many an article on great ethically conscious brands that are working hard to the save the planet, one garment at a time.
Do your own research. And do ask questions. You care about where your food comes from so why not care about the people who make your clothing? We owe it to them, to all those women and children unfortunate enough to not find work anywhere else but the sweat shops. Because yes Australia, they very much still exist.
Maybe you could find that garment second-hand online or maybe there is an ethical designer that has produced something like it.
Together we can educate, inspire and make a positive change. One disgarded garment at a time.
And if you agree, Join me and become Difference Maker