Re­cy­cling in fash­ion

Avon Valley Gazette - - SUBURBAN SNAPSHOT -

IN her bat­tle against fast fash­ion, a Dar­ling­ton busi­ness­woman is call­ing on the com­mu­nity to sup­port Buy It Back Day, Planet Ark’s new ini­tia­tive en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to buy some­thing sec­ond­hand.

Colour Me Kate Re­cy­cled Cloth­ing owner Kate Bird said Aus­tralians spent a stag­ger­ing $ 5.1 bil­lion on fash­ion each year.

“That’s around $ 1400 per per­son,” she said.

“Per­son­ally that fig­ure sounds con­ser­va­tive. I know many women who would spend well in ex­cess of that ev­ery year.

“What is re­ally con­cern­ing is that of the $ 1400, or 27kg, of cloth­ing that we ex­cit­edly take home and stuff into our wardrobes each year, we then throw 23kg into land­fill.

“Our planet isn’t in­fi­nite. We will even­tu­ally fill it up and suf­fo­cate in our own waste.”

Mrs Bird said Buy It Back Day on Novem­ber 18 was an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to stretch their dol­lar fur­ther.

“Shop­ping at a re­cy­cled cloth­ing shop is like rum­mag­ing through an ex­cit­ing trea­sure chest; you never know what lit­tle gem you’ll dis­cover,” she said.

Planet Ark’s Na­tional Re­cy­cling Week runs from Novem­ber 13 to 19.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d475728

Kate Bird.

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