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THE LATEST — Sustainable

Now that Melbourne’s last artisan pleater is threatened, it’s clear the Australian fashion manufacturing industry is feeling the pinch.

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Vintage fashion is the antitheist of fast fashion, and buying preloved clothing is a sustainable way to shop. If it’s not something you’ve ever done before, now is the perfect time to dip your toes in a world of all things yesteryear.

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The Raisin Dit It now in its fifteenth year of operation, but it’s been a unique slow fashion label with a vintage-inspired twist from the very beginning.

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Values are what make us human. Values are what connect us, but they’re also what separates us. I value ethics and sustainability, and Burberry values their ‘reputation’, which is why they burn their end of season stock.

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As the Founder and Creative Director of 'sticks + stone', Jacky Stickler is passionate about ethics and sustainability, and she’s built a brand on values and purpose.

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Margaret Mead was the one who said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

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It is estimated that between 8 and 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the world’s oceans each year to be ingested by seabirds, fish and other organisms, and more than 230,000 tonnes of it are microplastics. 

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53 million tonnes of clothing will be produced this year and 87% of it will be landfilled or be incinerated. It’s a fact that we cannot ignore any longer; what are we doing about it? 

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Instead of just quitting fashion, I’m trying to change it. I embrace sustainability. I empower people who are designing for positive change. I advocate for transparency. I am socially responsible.

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Let’s celebrate those who stand up against modern slave labour, and support the independent Australian designers who put people before profit.

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Over the past five years, the fashion industry has woken up. For Sarah Garrett-Hodoniczky though, sustainable fashion is something she’s spent the last 15 years advocating for. 

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To combat the environmental issues we face as an online retailer, we’re taking responsibility for our packaging, and within the next six months, The Fashion Advocate will be an entirely plastic-free e-commerce retailer.

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As a community, we take responsibility for the impact that our industry has on people and the planet and our designers are at the forefront of the revolution.

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Faye De Lanty is an advocate for sustainable fashion, a thrift-shop stylist, and a passionate environmentalist.

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Last Thursday night, six industry professionals opened a can of worms at the GFX Sustainability Panel and addressed the issues we face as an industry around sustainability, collaboration, human rights, market shifts and global competition.

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This is not about trends, this is not about who’s wearing what, this is about sustainability, and if you’re not up with it, you need to be.

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Camille Reed has seen every side of the rag trade and now, she's determined to change it for the better with her inaugural event, The Australian Circular Fashion Conference.

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While the process might be emotional and awkward, there's generally a good reason why people breakup, and there's a good reason why you should breakup with fast fashion too.

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We all tend to make New Year’s resolutions, but what about new month resolutions? Sticking to one goal for a whole year can be hard, and let’s be honest, it’s pretty easy to fall off the wagon every now and again.

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Anne describes her products as a ‘holiday for your skin’, and she’s not wrong; with naturally derived ingredients like flower oils, olive oil and citrus oil, among other organic and vegan-friendly ingredients, Seven Islands Skincare heals like a two week holiday in the Mediterranean.

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April, Aaron and Declan are passionate about sustainability. Driven by their combined entrepreneurial spirit and desire to combat fast fashion, the team's business launch couldn’t come at a better time.

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Instead of shopping and buying mindless throwaway stuff, get personal with your gift giving this year; frame some pictures, try your hand at painting, scrapbook some memories, or start baking.

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We make 400 billion square meters of textiles every single year. 60 billion square meters of that ends up as waste on the cutting room floor, heading straight into landfill.

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I am a fashion blogger, a magazine editor, an avid clothes lover and an advocate for the Australian creative industry, but first and foremost, I am a conscious consumer.

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