Fashion festival with conscience
PORT Douglas make-up artist Rachel Rebecca Smith is thrilled to showcase chemicalfree beauty products at Eco Fashion Week in November this year.
The owner of The Beauty Room, located on Owen St, has taken on the role of Eco Fashion Week make-up director for the planned eco extravaganza.
She will be managing a team of 15 make-up artists to bring each designer’s sustainable fashion to life.
“I am so pleased to be a part of this epic adventure and spread awareness to the masses regarding the impact fast fashion has on our planet,” Ms Smith said.
“You don’t need to let go of your beauty regimen, stop painting your nails or having a pamper session to be ecofriendly.”
“You just have to choose wisely.
“A lot of chemicals in beauty products contain microplastics that get washed down our drains and end up in our oceans.”
Ms Smith first opened the Beauty Room four years ago as the resort town’s first chemical and cruelty free salon.
Eco Fashion Week will take place in Port Douglas from November 4-10.
A fashion gala will kick start the event that will feature community-based activities such as clothes mending workshops, an eco-market place with locally handmade goods, fashion swaps and designer showroom.
A thought provoking seminar featuring conservation warriors, Sea Shepherd, will wrap up the week-long showcase.
It will also be a chance for local designers and models to get their foot in the door.
Eco Fashion Week will be attended by global media and will showcase international and Australian eco fashion designers and models.
Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said the region was thrilled to be hosting the Eco Fashion Week Australia event.
“It is fantastic to see local businesses getting involved in this sustainable and eco-focused event,” Cr Leu said.
“Putting ourselves at the forefront of the eco movement means a stronger, more durable and diverse economy that creates genuine employment opportunities and attracts people to our region.”
Ms Smith said eco products also used biodegradable packing that reduced consumers’ carbon footprint.
“These alternative sustainable materials are biodegradable and recyclable, making their impact on the environment minimal,” Ms Smith said.
“The more we educate ourselves the better we are to make informed decisions.
“Why risk using a chemically-laden product when there’s much better and safer alternatives available.”
Port Douglas make-up artist and Beauty Room owner Rachel Rebecca Smith is keen to showcase eco-friendly products at Eco Fashion Week.