Conversations in Australia about fast fashion and its impact on society are gaining momentum providing NACRO with a platform to highlight the role of the charitable recycling sector as part of the solution and NOT generators of waste (the slant from the ill-informed in some conversations).
This point is well-made by fashion opinion leaders in
recent discussions in the media:
On ABC Lateline on 27 March 2017,
Jeremy Fernandez spoke to journalist and author Clare Press and designer Clara Vuletich about the rise of fast fashion globally, and its far-reaching consequences including the problem of low-quality clothing donations made to op shops. You can read the transcript here ...
Journalist, author and strong advocate for sustainable fashion Clare Press followed this interview up with an article in the Sydney Morning Herald entitled
Sustainable Style: What happens to the clothes you donate to opshops?
You can read Clare's full article at this
To demonstrate the scale of the waste generated from fast fashion for his three part documentary
Craig Reucassel and his producers dumped a massive pile of waste clothing in the middle of Martin Place in Sydney (see Instagram image at right).
NACRO had the opportunity to brief producers on the issues for charity op shops and with charity retailers featured in the documentary we trust this program will prompt consumers to think about what they are buying and to be aware of the impact of dumping the poor quality item of clothing on their local charity op shop when it is no longer fit to wear!
Australia's Fashion Revolution Week
The sustainable fashion movement led by the UK initiative Fashion Revolution has a presence in Australia with the local committee hosting a series of events this month to promote awareness of the issues around fast fashion.
Events with designers and commentators will be held from 24 to 30 April 2017. For details visit the Fashion Revolution Facebook page