Jane Milburn on Slow Clothing

Jane Milburn on Slow Clothing



my love for nature is expressed in my love for natural fibers I enjoy how they feel so comfortable to touch and where I studied agricultural science and worked in journalism and communications before leadership study led me to slow clothing philosophy in 2011 I noticed fashion access and learned we buy up to four times what we need in fact Australians are the second largest consumers of textiles in the world a lot is wasted six thousand kilograms of textiles and clothing go to landfill every 10 minutes it's concerning that 2/3 of new clothes are made from synthetic fibers polyester and acrylic they derived from petroleum and shed micro plastic into our ecosystem these are some of the reasons I set up textile beat in 2013 to share ideas for sustainable ethical and creative ways of dressing our clothes do for us on the outside what food does inside they protect them warm our bodies and influence the way we feel and present to the world my book slow clothing finding meaning and what we wear is about how we choose wear and care for clothes so they bring value meaning and joy it brings together everything I know about living lightly through everyday practice responsible choices and actions that we can take to think more choose natural fibres buy quality local and not too many clothes take care of what we have by mending repairing and learn to make revive adapt and salvage we share these ideas through slow clothing talks workshops and community activities we learn how to make a difference through our everyday choices because when we dress for health and well-being rather than status and looks we become mindful and resourceful more conscious of what we wear and the impact it has on our world

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