Two of my favourite things
This month Sustainability in Style will be focused on two awesome areas. Food and Fashion! Why? Because Sustainable Table is running their annual sustainability education fundraising campaign Give a Fork, and as many of the ethical fashionistas out there might know, April is the month that we ask our favourite fashion companies ‘Who Made My Clothes’ for Fashion Revolution Day. You might have noticed a few changes here on the blog front. I’ve been busy re-categorising all the post archives in a way that makes them more user friendly. While the overhaul is still underway here is a heads up on some food and fashion related posts hidden in the archives that you might like to (re)visit. Looking forward to a month of food and fashion posts that will not only be fun and educational, they will help us all work towards a more equitable, sustainable, and less wasteful future.
Food and Food Waste.
For the Give A Fork campaign I’m focusing on our relationships with our reusable cups, mugs, straws and other single use disposables as a ‘Faces of Change‘#grexyteaser advocate. According to Clean Up Australia, 56% of the litter collected on Clean Up Australia day is food and beverage packaging, containers, and wrapping. With plastic bottles and caps, coffee cups and plastic straws being the most common offenders. In fact, Sustainable Table suggest that Australians use one billion disposable coffee cups each year — contributing about 60,000 kg of plastic waste. It’s only day two of the challenge so I’m yet to really get into the swing (which is great because you still have time to join in) so in the mean time here are a few posts from the archives about food and household waste to get the cogs turning.
- Waste Weigh Up: There is no away. That time that I went on an adventure at my local landfill facility to learn where my waste ends up.
- Waste Not Want Not. A post all about food waste with a super tasty and easy pumpkin chip recipe at the bottom.
- Hug a Vegetarian Day? Fast facts on the impact of diet on climate and a delicious recipe for Key Lime Pie.
- The Ethics Of What We Eat. A boot review on the book of the same title.
- You Have More Power Than You Realise: A look at the power of the consumer in a plastic wrapped World.
Fashion and food might not seem like an obvious combo but surprisingly these two industries pack a serious punch when it comes to environmental impact. The term ‘fast fashion’ gets used a lot to describe how the way we consume fashion has changed. We now consuming 400% more fashion items than we did just two decades ago (that’s a staggering 80 billion pieces of clothing per year)! These fashion items are being consumed and discarded like the fast food meals that we Australians now spend one third of our food budget on. Thus contributing to a great big pile of fabric and food packaging in landfill along with a host of other environmental and ethical issues that go along with production and consumption of food and fashion items. Here are a few posts to get you thinking fashion!
- Where Your Clothes End Up: One avenue for recycling unwanted clothing.
- Clothes to Die For: The documentary that recounts the Rana Plaza disaster. A hard watch but will change the way you shop forever.
- E-Resources for Sustainable Fashion Learning: Quick links for Sustainable Fashion advice and reports.
- Kids on Fashion: The fashion media from the eyes of children.
- Fash Revolution Update: My Fashion Revolution campaign last year.
What are your plans for April? Will you be joining in either of the campaigns? Perhaps you have another mission for April? Let us know below.