RECYCLE REUSE: Salvo Stores ambassador and eco-stylist Faye de Lanty.
RECYCLE REUSE: Salvo Stores ambassador and eco-stylist Faye de Lanty.

Clothing salvation helps protect environment

OUR unwanted clothing items are being reused, reinvented and upcycled by Salvo Stores as they divert each year close to 30,000 tonnes of items from landfill.

Up to 83% of Australian women have clothes in their cupboards that they have worn only once or twice while about 62% own clothes that haven't even been worn.

Eco-stylist, TV fashion commentator and ambassador for Salvos Stores, Faye De Lanty, says the lifecycle of a garment in Australia has been reduced almost to a "single wear" with Australians purchasing over 20kg of new clothing each on average per year.

"When you donate an item to a Salvos store, it's just the beginning of its repurposed lifecycle, rather than the end," Ms De Lanty said.

"Your old pair of jeans or lived in leather biker jacket gets a new start rather than being destined for the bin.

"We restyle them in store, reinvent them with customization and sometimes they'll end up in a fashion parade or featured on the tele.

"Over 90% of what the community sends to landfill can be reused and resold, and by saving it from landfill you're helping the less fortunate, while getting an eco-chic look for less."

During National Op Shop Week, which runs from August 27 through to September 2, the Salvo Stores will be holding events to encourage more people to shop at the stores and to donate unwanted items to help the environment and those in need.

In NSW, the ACT and Queensland all stores will offer 50% off everything, excluding new items, on August 28 and select stores in each state will host free upcycling workshops with De Lanty over the week.

In Sydney, Salvos Stores and Ms De Lanty have teamed up with Wardrobe Crisis author Clare Press for a three-day exhibition, concept store and upcycling workshop on August 31.

The unique pop-up will see more than 2,000 garments up for sale each day, hand-picked from Salvos Stores by Ms De Lanty and Ms Press, along with an auction of one-off personally selected items donated from prominent Australian designers, celebrities and fashion editors.

Salvos Stores is also running a national online competition via Facebook where the public can enter to become the best style revivalist in their state, with prizes for each state winner and a $500 voucher for the overall winner.

To donate clothing call the Salvos on 13 72 58, or them during normal business hours to your nearest Salvos Store.

Donations should not be left after hours outside Salvos Stores, as these are often stolen or damaged by the weather.


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