IN HER battle against fast fashion, a Darlington businesswoman is calling on the community to support Buy It Back Day, Planet Ark’s new initiative encouraging people to buy something second hand.
Colour me Kate Recycled Clothing owner Kate Bird said Australians spent a staggering $5.1 billion on fashion each year.
“That’s around $1400 per person,” she said.
“Personally that figure sounds conservative, I know many women who would spend well in excess of that every year.
“What is really concerning is that of the $1400, or 27kg of clothing, that we excitedly take home and stuff into our wardrobes each year, we then throw 23kg into landfill.
“Our planet isn’t infinite. We will eventually fill it up and suffocate in our own waste.”
Mrs Bird said Buy It Back Day on November 18 was an opportunity to stretch your dollar further and reduce wasteful packaging and demand on the fast fashion industry.
“In my line of work, I spend quite a bit of time helping ladies sort through their wardrobes,” she said.
“I see wardrobes stuffed floor-to-ceiling with clothes, shoes and accessories, yet still we despair that we have nothing to wear.
“Shopping at a recycled clothing shop is like rummaging through an exciting treasure chest; you never know what little gem you’ll discover.”
Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week runs from November 13 to 19.