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Published Monday 8 February 2021
Tags:General, Environment, Media Release, Youth Council

Youth Council takes steps to stitch up fast fashion

The Mitchell Youth Council is taking action against the impact of climate change and has fast fashion in its sights.

The Clothes Swap Project is an initiative of the Youth Council to promote sustainable fashion purchases and educate people about the negative environmental impacts of “fast fashion”.

The term “fast fashion” refers to cheaply produced and priced clothing that is fast-tracked to stores. The practice encourages people to buy cheap new clothes to keep up with the latest trends, but they come at a high cost ethically and environmentally.

Australians send 85 per cent of the textiles we buy to landfill each year. We’re the second largest consumer of new textiles after the United States of America, with one person on average buying 27kg of clothing each year.

To help combat this trend, the Youth Council will host a clothes swap at the Wallan Multi-Purpose Community Centre on Saturday 15 May. Drop off points will be set up across the Shire leading up to the event.

People are encouraged to swap clean, undamaged items of clothing they no longer wear, need or want using a token system at the event. There will also be sewing workshops to encourage up-cycling – taking unwanted clothes that would otherwise be thrown away and reinventing them.

The Clothes Swap Project is possible thanks to a $9,185 grant from the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning as part of the Community Mini-grant program.

This project was funded by the Community Mini-grant Program, a part of Climate Ready Hume, a Victorian Government initiative, aiming to support positive climate change activities and action.

For more information of how the Victorian Government is working with communities on climate change, visit their website.

Comments from Youth Council Mayor Thomas Starkey

“The Mitchell Youth Council is super excited about this event. We can’t wait to bring the idea to life. It’s good for the environment, plus it helps save money," he said.

“One of our goals is to raise awareness about climate change and protecting the environment. We want to educate people so they can make sustainable fashion choices."

"Our clothes swap isn’t far away, so now is a great time to start thinking about the items you might bring."

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

“This is a great initiative and I commend the Youth Council for it. I would encourage the community to get behind the project.

“It’s inspiring to see our young leaders take local action against a global issue."

“We would also like to thank the Victorian Government for their support."

This page was last updated on 10 May 2021.