Fash­ion fes­ti­val with con­science

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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Port Dou­glas make-up artist and Beauty Room owner Rachel Re­becca Smith is keen to show­case eco-friendly prod­ucts at Eco Fash­ion Week.

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