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Kalopsia Collective   If you wanted to challenge the textile industry to use more ecological, ethical, and sustainable practices, where would you start?

Kalopsia Collective  

For business partners Nina Falk and Adam Robertson, the solution was to start Kalopsia Collective, a Scotland-based sustainable textile micro-manufacturing company. Many small businesses fail to gain enough traction to remain viable in the long-run. Kalopsia seeks to help local textile companies across that hurdle, all while focusing on ethical, sustainable production practices. Founded in 2012, Kalopsia was born out of frustration with the textile industry. Falk and Robertson had watched as artists, designers, and businesses created amazing work yet failed to gain the traction they deserved; simultaneously, production remained riddled with waste, poor work conditions, low wages, outsourced labor, and harmful ecological practices.

War on waste: How a capsule wardrobe could help you break your mindless shopping habit. Updated Australians are some of the biggest consumers of fashion in the world, but we don't wear our new clothes for long.

War on waste: How a capsule wardrobe could help you break your mindless shopping habit

Instead, we dispose of 6,000 kilograms of fashion and textile waste every 10 minutes — and worse still, a lot of it can't be resold in op shops and ends up in landfill. Is six pieces of clothing enough? To see if it was possible to live comfortably with fewer clothes, ABC Radio Perth Drive presenter Belinda Varischetti took on a challenge, limiting herself to just six items of clothing over three weeks as part of the War on Waste campaign.

Her options for getting dressed each morning: a long black cardigan, two tank tops, a tube skirt, jeans and black trousers. War on waste: Recycling denim into paper and fostering social inclusion in the process. Updated In a small studio in Canberra, artisans are recycling unwanted denim jeans and jackets by turning them into paper.

War on waste: Recycling denim into paper and fostering social inclusion in the process

Paperworks is a not-for-profit social enterprise that uses the art of papermaking to engage marginalised people and those with special needs. "We were using cardboard and recycled paper in the first few sessions but it was unforgiving and had lacklustre results," chief executive Susanna Pieterse said. "We started looking into using textiles and became aware of the great need to recycle textiles — more than 80 per cent of denim actually ends up in landfill. The Un-Material Girl: A fast fashion addict who's become an upcycling activist. Posted While many young Australians just reach for what's on the rack at their favourite fashion stores, one twenty-something upcycles second-hand clothes to stay on trend.

The Un-Material Girl: A fast fashion addict who's become an upcycling activist

Leah Musch began sharing her adventures of being a conscious fashion consumer on social media as The Un-Material Girl. She now has more than 3,000 followers on Instagram. Her alter ego was born after she went on an eye-opening volunteering trip to Brazil and saw The True Cost, a documentary showing the impact the fashion industry has on the people who make clothes.

"It changed the whole way that I looked at the fashion industry," Ms Musch said. Nike Reuse-A-Shoe FAQs. Zara and H&M back in-store recycling to tackle throwaway culture. When you walk into a high-street shop, you’re probably looking to snap up a bargain, not get rid of an old jumper.

Zara and H&M back in-store recycling to tackle throwaway culture

But clothing retailers and brands are increasingly asking shoppers to dump their cast-offs in store. Britain alone is expected to send 235m items of clothing to landfill this spring, the majority of which could have been re-worn, reused or recycled. Why India Doesn’t Need The Sanitary Napkin Revolution. War on waste: Meet the home sewers saying no to fast fashion by making their own clothes. Posted Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek.

War on waste: Meet the home sewers saying no to fast fashion by making their own clothes

Audio: Saying no to fast fashion (Saturday Breakfast) Interest in home sewing is on the rise as people embrace the craft of making their own clothes and limiting fashion waste. Australians are the world's second largest consumers of textiles, buying on average 27 kilograms of new clothing and other textiles each year, wearing each garment an average of just seven times. Microfibres: Scientists warn of growing cost of inaction on tiny particles polluting oceans. Posted When it comes to plastic pollution on beaches, scientists say few of us realise the biggest threat — microfibres.

Microfibres: Scientists warn of growing cost of inaction on tiny particles polluting oceans

Key points: Microfibres are the most abundant form of material found in the ocean, according to a leading expertThe expert says there are serious concerns about the effect particles have on humansHe says despite years of warning, we're no closer to a solution to the problem They are invisible to the naked eye and come from the clothes we wear. "When you put items of clothing into the washing machine, thousands upon thousands of fibres come from the item of clothing and travel through sewerage and storm water and end up in the environment," said Dr Mark Browne, an ecologist at the University of New South Wales.

Rise of clothes swapping helps make a small dent in the war on fashion waste. Posted Despite working in retail, Annelie Child decided that this year she was no longer going to buy new clothes.

Rise of clothes swapping helps make a small dent in the war on fashion waste

Instead, she plans to only buy pre-loved or recycled wear by joining in the increasingly popular and frequent clothes-swapping events popping up around Sydney and around the country. "I've got an amazing wardrobe already, I don't really need anything else and I'm trying to back away from the fast fashion, buying news — there's no need," Ms Child said. "I was probably shopping more than I needed to and the wake-up call came when I bought a top and found something very similar in my wardrobe already. " Her first clothing swap event was at a pub in Sydney's inner west earlier this month with organisation The Clothing Exchange.

She was one of 30 women who brought clothes to exchange for others for a participation fee of $25. Ms Child contributed two pairs of jeans, a dress and a jacket to the pool of clothes. Australian Fashion Week: Designers must focus more on sustainability, eco-fashionistas say. Posted The Australian fashion industry still has "a long way to go" in the production of environmentally friendly textiles according to eco-fashionistas, who want brands to do more to incorporate sustainable practices.

Australian Fashion Week: Designers must focus more on sustainability, eco-fashionistas say

On average, for every metre of fabric used when making shoes or clothing, 20 per cent is discarded as waste. War on waste: The family of four producing half a bread bag of rubbish a week. Posted How much household rubbish does a family of four, including a baby, produce each week?

War on waste: The family of four producing half a bread bag of rubbish a week

On a farm in Katanning, about 300 kilometres south-east of Perth, it is an impressive half a bread bag. Eleven hazardous chemicals which should be eliminated. Clothing and the global toxic cycle Alkylphenols Commonly used alkylphenol compounds include nonylphenols (NPs) and octylphenols and their ethoxylates, particularly nonylphenol ethoxylates. NPs are widely used in the textiles industry in cleaning and dyeing processes. They are toxic to aquatic life, persist in the environment and can accumulate in body tissue and biomagnify (increase in concentration through the food chain).[1] Their similarity to natural oestrogen hormones can disrupt sexual development in some organisms, most notably causing the feminisation of fish.[2,3] Our Focus: War on Waste - ABC. Home - TRAID. Want to teach ethical fashion to kids? Here's how.

How much did your outfit cost? Chances are, much more than you think. The clothing industry is the second-largest global polluter – after oil – and its complex production techniques and supply chains create a myriad of environmental issues. It takes 2,700 litres of water to make one t-shirt, and an estimated £140m worth of clothing [pdf] goes to landfill sites in the UK annually. The need for change is urgent – and education can play a key role in championing new attitudes towards clothing.

Green is the new black: Looking good can be extremely bad for the planet. STYLE is supposedly for ever. But the garments needed to conjure up eternal chic are spending less time on shop racks and in homes than ever before. Global clothing production doubled between 2000 and 2014, as apparel firms’ operations became more efficient, their production cycles became quicker and fashionistas got more for their money. 15 Ways to Stop Microfiber Pollution Now — Plastic Pollution Coalition. Think about all your clothing made of acrylic, nylon, and polyester.

Yes, that means fleece, trousers, blouses, socks, and even your beloved yoga pants. Did you know? Every time you wash these synthetic fabrics, millions of microfibers are released into the water. Microfibers are too small to be filtered out by waste treatment plants, so they end up in our waterways and oceans, where they wreak havoc on marine animals and the environment. Ten Australian Sustainable Fashion Brands to Look Out For - tortoise & lady grey. What do you find most difficult about shopping for sustainable fashion? One of my readers told me that the most difficult thing for her was to find local sustainable fashion brands from her home country. If you also find this difficult, you will enjoy my new post series inspired by this difficulty. To kick off the series, I thought I should start with my home country, Australia. Down the track you will see many more countries covered. Fast fashion: Rivers turning blue and 500,000 tonnes in landfill.

Creative over capital: How you can gain some coin by getting inventive. Commercial Pattern Archive - FAQ. Can I visit the Pattern Archive? Communities – Boomerang Bags. TerraCycle. Recycled Footwear Fever - Developments in Shoe Materials. Recycled footwear doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Demodé - bernarditamarambio. DEMODÉ es un material que aprovecha y rescata residuos textiles pre-consumidor, los cuales se mezclan con un adhesivo 100% biodegradable a base de almidón, que le otorga alta resistencia estructural. De esta mezcla resulta un material aglomerado, que posee gran resistencia y versatilidad para ser utilizado en diferentes aplicaciones y ser trabajado por medio de moldes obteniendo productos como revestimiento de muros interiores, objetos y accesorios, aplicación en mobiliario.

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