Ask fash­ion-con­scious to be eco-con­scious

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIA’S love affair of fash­ion is well doc­u­mented, with ABC’s War on Waste re­port­ing that we dis­pose of 6000 kilo­grams of fash­ion and textile waste ev­ery ten min­utes.

And with peo­ple un­der 40 turn­ing their wardrobe around faster than most, Red Cross is ask­ing young Aus­tralians to think about how they dis­pose of their clothes, as they re­stock their wardrobes for a new sea­son.

For Aus­tralian Red Cross’ an­nual win­ter do­na­tion drive, Head of Re­tail Richard Wood said Red Cross Shops are the per­fect des­ti­na­tion for the gar­ments peo­ple no longer wear.

“For peo­ple who love fash­ion and are look­ing to freshen up their look, think twice be­fore throw­ing pre-loved items away as Red Cross Shops will gladly take them,” Mr Wood said.

“Last sea­son’s win­ter coats, boots and jumpers are per­fect for re­sale in our op shop net­work, and you can feel good know­ing you are mak­ing a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the en­vi­ron­ment, while rais­ing funds for our life chang­ing ser­vices.

“The money raised from your knit­ted scarves and fleecy jumpers can be turned into a daily phone call to help el­derly Aus­tralians stay safe and in­de­pen­dent at home; they could be used to pro­vide a shower and a hot meal for a teenager fac­ing home­less­ness, or clean drink­ing wa­ter for com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing in poverty.”

Red Cross re­lies on the sup­port and do­na­tions of gen­er­ous Aus­tralians – we couldn’t do what we do with­out them.

Find your near­est store to do­nate your win­ter wool­lies at red­cross.org.au/shop.

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