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, both personally and in your merch sales, consider
- Shopping/sourcing clothes locally, from recycled materials and/or ethical brands if you can
- Scrutinise the necessity of your consumption
- 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.)
- Look for fair trade certification and boycott brands that harm the earth!
Read our full ethical merch guide here.