Fast Fashion and Textile Waste

Join the Fashion Revolution and start supporting slow fashion - avoid brands that exploit workers and damage the environment.

What can we do as consumers?

1) Consider what we are buying

Thing about what it is made of, where has it come from and does the cost reflect environmental or social impacts?

Research the brands and support ethical companies (those that have transparent supply chains, support workers rights, sustainability practices)

Check out the Tearfund Ethical Fashion Guide that is released each year.

2) Buy Second Hand

Extends life of products which reduces the environmental impact

Shows support for second hand market, over fast fashion

Buy purchasing second hand, individuals may have more money to spend on what new clothing they do need. They can then buy better quality, more ethical or more sustainable.

Check out resources such as Treasure Hunting, Eco Oikos Christchurch map of second hand stores, Facebook Group Op-shopping in NZ and Second Hand Christchurch.

3) Be minimalist

One of the traps of Fast Fashion is that there is a new style every week. If we step back from needing/wanting change, we can have more time and energy invested in other areas of our lives.

Capsule wardrobes are curated small collections of clothing that can combine in different ways to make enough outfits for all situations.

“a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally love to wear.”

4) Reduce and Reuse

Reduce the amount that you buy, repair things when you can and repurpose things that are beyond repair.

In collaboration with Cirrhopp.

Resources to make your own t-shirt accessories:

Tutorial video: Diagonal bracelet. Do it yourself!

Tutorial: Twist necklace


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