The Sustainable Wardrobe

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Aug ’17
6:00 pm


This event is organised by the Environment Centre:
The Sustainable Wardrobe is a night to celebrate responsible fashion and individual style. Join host Lish Fejer (ABC 666) and our bunch of lively panelists for a frank and upbeat discussion about the environmental costs of the garment industry and slowing down in the era of fast fashion.

Clothing consumption has increased dramatically in recent decades. The speed and volume in which clothing is consumed has left the average Australian with a wardrobe that grows by 27kg every year. Fashion has become cheaper, more accessible and highly disposable. The industry is designed to satisfy our fashion cravings, fast.

In a bid to meet increasing demand, fast fashion relies on unsustainable practices; from the thousands of litres of water it takes to produce a single shirt, to the harmful chemicals used to dye fabrics and the tonnes of clothing waste that end up in landfill every year. While it might not cost us much at the checkout, fast fashion is putting a serious strain on our environment.

Our guests are Canberra locals who have each taken a unique approach to changing the way they consume clothing. There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and light refreshments will be provided.


Eco stylist, Nina Gbor, is a dedicated pre-loved clothing enthusiast whose style proves second hand doesn’t mean second best. Nina teaches about the different ways of re-using, recycling and upcycling clothes at Canberra’s Clothes Swap & Style, a series of clothes swap and sustainable styling workshops to zhuzh up your wardrobe, reduce clothing waste and minimise fast fashion.

Kelli Donovan is the founder of Pure Pod, an Australian prioneer eco fashion label. Pure Pod is committed to producing garments that are made using sustainable textiles and keeping our local fashion industry thriving. Kelli is also a yoga and pilates instructor.

Sandie Parkes is a founding member of Reuse International and works to promote reuse over buying new. Sandie helped start community recycling group Revolve and is now a co-owner of the Green Shed. Through the Green Shed’s Free Clothes initiative and The Green Shed Underground, Sandie has helped divert clothing from the waste stream and back into the community while it still has some use.

Chris Lloyd runs Cardif Collective, a makers space and retail outlet based in Kingston. Cardif Collective supports local and regional designers and encourages creativity in the Canberra community through its series of workshops about sewing, millinery and fashion design.

Barbara Wheeler uses botanical dyes made from foraged plants for her label, Every Thread Counts. Barbara celebrates slow fashion by handcrafting clothing out of sustainable and ethically sourced materials such as wool, cotton, linen and silk. Barbara also upcycles reclaimed fabric. Barbara’s creations are compostable when finally threadbare from use.

In January 2017, Edwina Robinson started a one year challenge to buy no new clothes. Edwina writes about her experiences of using natural dyes and fabrics, repurposing existing clothing and the op shop gems she finds on her blog, Sustainable Threads. When she’s not blogging, Edwina is the director of SEE-Change.

Lish Fejer is a science and sustainability communicator. She runs video-based eco-home renovation website GIY: Green It Yourself. She also presents Sunday Brunch on ABC Radio Canberra and is a big fan of stretching resources so they get the longest life possible (some to the detriment of her wardrobe). She holds regular clothes exchanges, swaps to shop and has some very stylish friends. She doesn’t like hair shirts.

Drill Hall Gallery,
Kingsley Street

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