Young people at this year’s Banyule YouthFest are running a clothing swap and makeover workshop to help reverse Australia’s record as one of the biggest fashion wasters in the world.
With recent ABC reports suggesting every Australian throws out up to 30 kilograms of clothing a year, Viewbank resident Chloe van der Reijden has taken on the challenge to teach others how to turn old or second hand clothes into fashion. The African Women’s Action Group will also join Chloe to run a hijab swap.
“My friends and I often go to op shops or Savers because we are all university students who are struggling a bit financially and if you just alter something with potential, it might just become you’re new favourite item of clothing,” Chloe said.
Chloe, in conjunction with Greenhills Neighbourhood House in Greensborough, is running the clothing swap and workshop at this year’s YouthFest at Macleod Park from noon to 5pm on Sunday 17 September.
She said she regularly makes new from old and often creates pieces much nicer than newer, more expensive pieces. “One of my favourite items is a black sheer shirt I bought from Savers, which was super unflattering. However, I loved the colourful embroidery on it so I took the collar off it and now wear it backwards. I love it when people ask me where I got it from.”
Chloe said one of the problems with fashion wastage was that so many clothes can be bought so cheaply online but are such bad quality they only get worn once before being thrown out. She said that countering this type of consumerism and avoiding fashion waste was applicable to everyone, no matter their age.
“I now like to take a peek inside friends’ closets to find fresh ideas on how to makeover clothes that lie hidden and unworn at the back of their wardrobe or have been bought second hand, and it is gratifying to see that they are now doing this with their friends.”
Chloe, who is also on the committee of Greenhills Neighbourhood House, said she was excited about returning to YouthFest as she was involved in running the festival during high school when she was a member of the Banyule FReeZA crew, which helps run the Banyule YouthFest.
Chloe said that at YouthFest, young people can bring clothing or hijabs to swap. “They will be given tickets for each item enabling them to swap their item or items for an item of equivalent value. We will be donating any left-over clothes to op shops or the homeless. We are also collecting good second hand clothing for the day via collection points at Greenhills Neighbourhood House and Banyule’s other neighbourhood houses.”
Find out more about the clothing swap at YouthFest.
What: YouthFest 2017
Where: Birdwood Ave, Macleod (next to the Macleod Train Station)
When: Sunday 17 September 2017