Share it!

It’s pretty simple really, who do you know that loves your style and purchases, bag up things you haven’t worn for a while and share them with friends. Incredibly, you’ll feel better, friends will be very happy, you’ll have a load off your mind, reduced guilt. Make arrangements to see it all again in a few months, fabo, it will be like re-shopping in your own wardrobe. I’ve done this for about 10 years and I keep rediscovering items 15-20 years old. I really appreciate that my price per wear keeps reducing, it really works when I buy quality items. I also like to purchase second hand, locally made, natural fibres, silk, cotton, and wool.

silk shirt worn as a halter top

silk shirt worn as a halter top


Fashfest Canberra- local fashion

FASHFEST is the brainchild of founding partners Andrea and Clint Hutchinson. This husband and wife team are immersed in the creative world through work and outside interests. And they’re passionate—very passionate—about living in Canberra.

Bringing style and culture to a focus with an exciting mix of young, local and established talent and entrepreneurs, FASHFEST will shine a spotlight on a collective of designers and creatives and unify the capital.

Check it out at

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The EDITION label which explores the meaning of place and how this can be interpreted into wearable garments. Interpreting place, along with zero waste philosophy Selvedge 2 Selvedge pattern making has informed the design aesthetic of EDITION garments.

SZN is interested in re-appropriation, creative transparency and collaborative fashion. The shapes and pieces of each material inspire the design of each garment.

PURE POD Contemporary style, eco/sustainable fashion market.



frocktober- ovarian cancer fund raiser

But what’s really got us energized is spring. Because, with spring comes October, and with October comes frocks! Yes, with some anticipation Laverne’s already finishing off the last of the casserole, and freezing some leftover soup, because Frocktober 2010 is coming…

…Slinkier, flowier, and hemmed up to the 9s with some fresh twists for the event that raised over $55,000 towards an early detection test for ovarian cancer in the last two years.

frocktober- ovarian cancer fund raiser

January 2009: Sources of Textile Waste in Australia

January 2009: Sources of Textile Waste in Australia
The Technical Textiles & Nonwoven Association recently produced a discussion paper on “Sources of Textile Waste in Australia” which outlines the issues, questions and scope of the problems of textile waste, while providing insight into the potential economic and environmental benefits that re-use of textile waste as a resource may offer.

The report concludes that the business of regenerating pre-consumer and post-consumer waste in Australia is promising, with the potential to found a new industry and green jobs whilst simultaneously mitigating land fill and providing green inputs to external industries such as the automotive industry.

January 2009: Sources of Textile Waste in Australia

Research- ethanol and biogas from textile waste

Professor Mohammad Taherzadeh from the University of Borås in Sweden travelled to Victoria to deliver a paper on a solution for textile
waste that would otherwise go to landfill.

In 2007, under the tutelage of Prof. Taherzadeh, PhD students began to look at the possibilities of producing ethanol and biogas from textile waste. The research found a method to produce half a kilo of ethanol from a kilo of denim. Prof. Taherzadeh’s research is being considered by waste management authorities all over the world.

The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO) is the peak body representing charitable recycling organisations throughout Australia.

The contribution of Charity Shops to the community is sustainable development

There is no doubt that without the recycling activities of the charitable recycling organisations (the proceeds from which fund welfare programs), both State and Federal governments would have significantly higher social costs in addition to an unmanageable volume of landfill, the management of which would be funded through increased taxes and a massive bureaucracy. For more information about NACRO and what we are doing, please click on the links provided.

The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO) is the peak body representing charitable recycling organisations throughout Australia.

Ethical Clothing Australia on FaceBook

Ethical Clothing Australia’s National Coordinator, Emer Diviney, said the made-to-order approach contrasted many of the current trends in ‘fast’ or ‘disposable’ fashion.

“The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisation estimates that up to 50 million kilograms of textile waste is collected annually by Australian clothing recyclers through charity bins and only a small portion of this is suitable for reuse or sale. The rest is sent to landfill,” Ms Diviney said.

Ethical Clothing Australia on FaceBook