Fight­ing the war on waste at Christ­mas

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Wahroonga char­ity The Pos­si­bil­ity Project - which takes saris from In­dia and turns them into beau­ti­ful clothes to sell in Aus­tralia - is hav­ing a work­shop to bring their skills to a wider au­di­ence and en­cour­age less throw­ing out at Christ­mas, a time of high con­sump­tion and waste.

The Novem­ber 16 event, in con­junc­tion with Sec­ond Hand Stu­dio in Hornsby, in­cludes a talk on the so­cial jus­tice work of the women be­hind Pos­si­bil­ity project Kim Pearce and Kath Davis, and will en­cour­age lo­cals to think about hav­ing a pre-loved Christ­mas or fes­tive sea­son.

“We’re ask­ing peo­ple to re­think the waste we too of­ten gen­er­ate at this time of year,” said Kim Pearce, one half of the Pos­si­bil­ity Project.

The Wahroonga mums reg­u­larly travel to the slums of Jaipur and work closely with a vo­ca­tional train­ing cen­tre to cre­ate a slow cloth­ing la­bel called slumwear108.

"Our pas­sion is to demon­strate the beauty and worth in places that most would judge as hope­less" says Kath. “We’ve worked for five years with a char­ity called I-In­dia who’ve been help­ing street youths for over 20 years. They’re now en­gaged in dig­ni­fied em­ploy­ment and gain­ing work­place skills through mak­ing our prod­ucts.”

A vi­tal part of the women’s work is spent ed­u­cat­ing con­sumers on the al­ter­na­tives that ex­ist to fast and dis­pos­able fash­ion. “Slow fash­ion is rel­a­tively ex­pen­sive be­cause it truly values all the pro­cesses that go into mak­ing a gar­ment, from the de­sign phase to the sourc­ing of fab­rics, to the pay­ment of a liv­ing wage and hon­our­ing prac­tises that pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal jus­tice.

“Our work­shop is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to find unique gifts that share the love with both peo­ple and planet. We want to show that the war on waste can be up­lift­ing and fun and we can fall back in love with the fes­tive sea­son.” The two hour event from 7 to 9pm is free. Reg­is­ter through Eventbrite.

Kath, Kim, fab­ric bead maker San­tosh with her baby son, and Abha Goswami who started char­ity I-In­dia

With Tulsi, once a child of the streets and now a men­tor of the other fe­male gar­ment mak­ers

Mak­ing new from old: Kath David and Kim Pearce

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