Noth­ing old hat about trail blaz­ers

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Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels, Garage Sale Trail co-founder An­drew Valder and Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams get into the spirit of re-us­ing cloth­ing ahead of this year’s Garage Sale Trail.

Com­mu­nity lead­ers in Kwinana and Rock­ing­ham have been up­dat­ing their at­tire re­cently, all in the name of a good cause.

The ci­ties of Kwinana and Rock­ing­ham will again par­tic­i­pate in the Garage Sale Trail, the na­tion’s big­gest garage sale, to be held on Oc­to­ber 21 and 22.

The colour­ful cre­ations seen on Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels were made from re­pur­posed cloth­ing and fab­ric by de­signer Julie Pater­son, of ScrapClothFabric.

Cloth­ing is the most pop­u­lar item sold dur­ing the Garage Sale Trail, with fast fash­ion driv­ing the pur­chase of cloth­ing that is then of­ten dis­carded af­ter two or three wears, caus­ing con­sid­er­able prob­lems in land­fill.

Two-thirds of the items sent to land­fill are man­made syn­thetic fi­bres that do not break down.

Aus­tralians buy 27kg of new tex­tiles per capita each year and dis­card 23kg to land­fill.

“We are wear­ing these fan­tas­tic blaz­ers to en­cour­age ev­ery­one in Kwinana and Rock- in­g­ham to be­come a re­use trail­blazer with us when the Garage Sale Trail comes to town on Oc­to­ber 20 and 21,” Mrs Adams said. “This is a great event that not only en­cour­ages re­use but cre­ates a pos­i­tive so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal change in com­mu­ni­ties across Aus­tralia. It’s an idea that’s good for the planet and good for the com­mu­nity, too.”

Garage Sale Trail co-founder Dar­ryl Ni­chols said peo­ple would be able to find some­thing just as in­cred­i­ble as the out­fits sported by the may­ors if they hit the trail.

“We also want to see ev­ery­one sell­ing all those old clothes and giv­ing them a new life so they don’t end up in land­fill,” Mr Ni­chols said. Mr Sam­mels said the Garage Sale Trail was a unique event that pro­vided res­i­dents with a fun way to de­clut­ter and un­cover some amaz­ing bar­gains.

“The Garage Sale Trail is a ter­rific way of giv­ing sec­ond­hand goods a new home,” he said. “Pass­ing on items we don’t need is a fan­tas­tic form of sus­tain­abil­ity and helps re­duce waste that would oth­er­wise end up in land­fill. Both the ci­ties of Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana are com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing the re­use mes­sage.”

Any­one can get in­volved if they have cloth­ing or other items to sell by host­ing a sale or shop­ping on the trail. Regis­tra­tion is open and free to sign up at garage­sale­trail.com.au.

Pic­ture: City of Kwinana

City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels and City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams.

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