Five ways we can champion sustainable fashion as we move into spring

Introducing, the five 'R's'.
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As we (finally) move away from winter weather and into spring, (though La Niña may have other plans) it’s tempting to completely uphaul our wardrobes, swapping our winter woolies for brand new flowy dresses.

But with the climate crisis at its peak, as important as it is to treat ourselves, it’s equally as important to be conscious of waste.

In April this year, the inaugural Stain on the Nation report, which was commissioned by Vanish as part of their #MakeTextileWasteVanish campaign, revealed that Australia currently ranks second in the world (behind the Unites States) when it comes to global textile consumption per person.

For context, the average Aussie purchases 27kg of new clothing annually while discarding 23kg. And although over 2.6 million Australians (13%) think only 5kg of their clothes end up in landfill – they are wrong. 6,000kg is discarded every 10 minutes.

So, what can we do about this? Well, we can implement the Five R’s. Keep reading to find out what they are and how they can make a difference.

The average Aussie purchases 27kg of new clothing annually while discarding 23kg.

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Reduce your fast fashion consumption

If you have the means, invest in quality clothing that will last for years. While fast fashion is cheap, it’s also incredibly bad for the environment and is discarded way more often than expensive material.

If you have the means, invest in quality clothing that will last for years.

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Forget what the old fashion magazines told you – it’s not a crime to re-wear. In fact, it’s actually in fashion! Just look at Catherine Middleton, the Queen (or should we say Princess) of the re-wear. Plus, with the help of Vanish Napisan, you can re-wear for even longer.

Catherine, Duchess of Cornwall loves a re-wear!

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Looking for a hobby? There has never been a better time to learn to sew. Not only is it handy to be able to hem and fix your damaged clothes, it means that you can make completely bespoke outfits! Alternatively, if sewing really isn’t your thing, try to find a good tailor.

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We know part of the fun about an event is scrolling online to find the perfect party outfit. But! To avoid waste (and spending money), consider renting gorgeous frocks for important events like Christmas, weddings, and more.


Sometimes, even sewing skills can’t fix damaged clothes. So, any of your pieces that can’t be re-worn or repaired, recycle them via Upparel. Every kilogram of clothing recycled with Upparel prevents up to four kilograms of greenhouse gasses from polluting the atmosphere, as per Vanish.

For more information on how you can help #MakeTextileWasteVanish, visit the Vanish Stains website.

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