Recycling for our fashionable future.

Each year Planet Ark work for an entire week to educate us Australians on the positive environmental outcomes of recycling by increasing community awareness, increasing collection rates and reducing contamination. Local councils, businesses and community groups are encouraged to join in throughout the week.  Established in November 1996, Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. Now in its 21st year, this established and highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change, by:

  • Promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives
  • Giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.

Recycling for Fashionistas.

Because I am very passionate about the fun that can be had when recycling fashion items I love to spend recycling week discussing the benefits of recycling in a stylish way. Over the next week I’ve prepped some posts that should help you think about the ins-and-outs of recycling your clothing and what it means to be an up-cycled or recycled fashionista. Today’s post will provide you with a little bit of food-for-thought when it comes to recycling and the fashion industry. I’ve popped some videos in (the top is Australia focused and the bottom is UK based) because sometimes that’s WAY more fun than reading from a blinking computer or device screen.

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A little bit more visual inspiration.

Because we all like to look at pretty things! The pic above is just one of many amazing garments made by Italian artist, ecologist and sculptor Ivano Vitali. Vitali is a man of my own heart and is passionate about recycling, a passion that has progressed over many years into the creation of  unique garments and artworks made from recycled newspapers. The process is quite labour intensive as the artist collects paper, tearing it into strips while sorting into colours. He does this so he doesn’t have to dye the paper to create his desired hue. The paper is twisted into balls and then knitted (sometimes on a GIANT scale) into wearable garments and works of art.

Happy recycling week! I look forward to talking all things recycling with you. How do you recycle? Start the conversation here.