I avoid buying mass produced garments,opting instead for upcycled, re-used, repaired, hand knitted, organic, recycled, second hand and fairtrade garments.
I hate waste.
I love exploring and promoting creative solutions to make textiles last longer.
The global Fashion Revolution campaign will mark the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh on 24.04.14 and on this day they are calling out for everyone to show support for changes to be made to ensure a safer future for garment workers around the world.
Part of this support is to be curious and find out who made your clothes.
This can be a simple tweet or email to the brand or retailer to ask them, or a short film about a garment you want to know more about. This is mine...
As the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse approaches, global campaigns are stepping up to focus awareness on the desperate need to ensure safety for garment workers around the world.
Watch this short film, captured through photography of the collapse of the Rana Plaza, and take action to show your support for garment worker safety. No one should die for the clothes we wear and this 100% man made tragedy could have been prevented if garment workers had been respected not exploited.
Christmas is a perfect time to get reusing. There are so many opportunities to make decorations, cards, Christmas trees and gifts from old Christmas items or unwanted objects you would easily find around your home. As an example, I took four lightbulbs which no longer work, and used some leftover beads and ribbon to upcycle them into Christmassy baubles for the Christmas tree.
Step 1: Find unusable light bulbs in that drawer of things you have no use for, but keep hoping they may work one day.
Step 2: Gather an assortment of craft items to decorate your bauble. I used beads and a gold pen, but you could use whatever you like. Buttons, glitter, ribbons and sequins would be fun too!
Step 3: Draw quick sketches of your ideal baubles to play around with layout of materials and ideas. It will make the making process easier!
Step 4: Use a glue gun or superglue to attach decorations to the lightbulb as you like. Leave to dry.
Step 5: Hang on your Christmas tree and show all your friends!
If you fancy making your own baubles, you can enter the Lightbulbs direct competition! email a link to your blog post entry to email@example.com and visit the website for all the terms and conditions of entry.
The Clothing Exchange is a Australian initiative, coordinating volunteers to run exchange events in councils around the country to promote swapping over shopping. I volunteered to help out at one event in North Sydney at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability last month and was impressed by the venue, the turnout (between 40-50 women), the food and drinks provided and the volume of clothing that was swapped! Definitely the best clothing swap I have been to and I even managed to find a dress for myself in the small pile of clothing that was left over at the end of the night.
Another brilliant thing about the Addison Road Centre, in addition to Reverse Garbage and the Sunday market is the Bower Reuse and Repair Centre Cooperative. Check out their website for more information and you can also follow them on social media.