M-Power: Ethical Fashion

M-Power: Ethical Fashion

Join us for this semester's M-Power, as we look good and do good at the same time. Winning!

What does fashion have to do with sustainability you ask? A LOT! The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters globally. It is plagued with issues like modern slavery, harmful waste, micro-plastics and overconsumption. But equally, the fashion industry can be a huge force for good as it impacts almost every one of the Sustainable Development Goals.

If you wear clothes (that is pretty much everyone), you can make a significant positive impact by doing things like choosing ethical brands, buying less and taking good care of your clothes. To help you get started, we have curated an incredible calendar of events, we are challenging you to a styling competition with fantastic weekly prizes and you will hear from the pro's as we interview them on Facebook.

To get you started with some tips & tricks, have a look at the 7 R's of Sustainable Fashion....

Reduce

The average Australian buys 60 items of clothing per year. That’s more than 1 item a week! Zara alone produces 2.3 million garments a day. Just one cotton T-shirt uses 2700L of water in production, the equivalent of 3 years of drinking water. On the flip side, Australians dump 6000kg of clothing into landfill every 10 minutes. Do we really need that many clothes?

Doing something about this doesn't mean wearing a hessian sack, simply buy fewer, high quality pieces that you will love & wear over and over. The less we buy, the less will end up in landfill.

Check out the slow fashion movement which encompasses ethical, environmentally conscious and well made lasting fashion.

Reuse

Pre-loved clothes are a great way to buy affordable great quality clothes. By buying from second hand markets and op-shops you extend the life of a garment and keeping it out of landfill.

Join us for clothes swaps on campus:

Students - 14 August @ MUSE.

Staff - 21 August @ The Incubator. Invite your department!

Repair

Caring for your clothes and learning how to do simple repairs will keep items looking great for years. Good On You has put together this handy guide for caring for your clothes whilst also doing good for the planet.

Join us for our Mending Workshop on 23 August to up your repair skills.

Recycle

Recycling clothes can be tricky. Garments are often made up of a variety of materials, making the recycling difficult if not impossible.

  • Before throwing your piece of clothing away, ask yourself, can I repurpose this item as a cleaning rag? As a face washer?
  • If its made of natural fibres you can compost it.
  • If you can't find another use, bring it to a clothing recycle drop off point such as these in H&M stores. 
  • Worn out undies???? 1 Million Women have some hacks for you!

Repurpose

Repurposing your garments can be as simple as turining something old into something new, like an old pair of jeans into a skirt, or simply styling what you already have a different way.

Upcycle your clothing to into something new using the great tutorials on Youtube! Search key words such as 'thrift flip', 'haulternative' and 'thrift DIY'.

Rent

Do you have a function or formal event coming up soon? Have you thought about renting your outfit? This reduces your fashion footprint as beautiful items can be worn over and over again, whilst saving both the planet and your wallet.

  • We love Glamcorner, which is also a registered B-Corp.
  • Dress for a Night is a brick and mortar dress rental store in North Sydney, so you can try on many options before deciding.

Research

In order to make the best decisions for yourself and the planet you need to equip yourself with the right information. Your favourite brand might have a great sustainability page, but all the words and good intentions might not actually mean anything.

  • Before purchasing a new item of clothing we look up the brand on the Good On You app to check its rating. We love this app because it recommends alternative brands with similar products that have received higher ratings if the brand you searched for isn’t doing as well.
  • Another great source for looking up brands is the Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Report.
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