Australians buy an average of 27 kilograms of new textiles each year, and then discard about 23 kilograms into landfill, two-thirds of those being predominantly plastic fibers that don’t break down, and contribute to the microplastics in our oceans. To change this fast fashion trend, consider:
- Shop second hand in op-shops, and remember to mend instead of throwing out (there are endless online tutorials on how you can get creative with old clothes, trust us.)
- If you must buy new, shop/source ethical clothes locally, made from recycled materials wherever possible
- Scrutinise the necessity of your consumption
- Look for fair trade certification and boycott brands that harm the earth!