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      Week Nine... Imagine if all fashion was Traceable

      Week Nine... Imagine  if all fashion was Traceable

      Welcome to week 9 of our Book Club. This week we are focusing on imagining a world were we can trace every stage of production, distribution and reuse.

      Please note: Meet up this Sunday at the 16 Foot sailing club at 2:30pm. Exact location posted on our Insta and Facebook 10 mins prior to meeting. 

      Q: Firstly what does traceability mean?

      It "is the process of making information available to understand how fibers and materials were sourced, processed and produced through the supply chain. Improving the transparency of suppliers, and the traceability of sourced materials, is essential to enable more sustainable decision making. It is an enabling factor to help reduce the negative environmental and social impacts of the textile supply chain." ( Definition from Fashion for Good website)

      Q: Because as Clare says  “We can’t manage what we can’t see.” P. 199

      Discuss what this means when discussing textile waste? 

      Q: “All our clothing can be produced from existing resources”p200.  Do you agree? What if this could be accomplished? Is it realistic?

      The book discusses how the fashion industry must "Get Sorted" if we want clothes to be produced from existing resources. It says that we need to have:

      1. Facilities to collect and grade the source materials
      2. Fiber-to- fiber recycling plants

      Q: Can upcycling old junk into new products make a big enough change? are we just postponing the inevitable landfill? 

      Q: Discuss and look at the initiative -‘Worn Again’ (to expand on what is already discussed in the book..

      Q: Discuss fibre to fibre recycling? What do you know about it? What technology do we have in Australia? What are the negatives currently associated with the technology?

      Q: Discuss chemical and mechanical recycling methods and how they differ?
      What are the considerations with Polyester, nylon, and cellulosics (cotton, wool and linen) recycling?

      Q: What issues are there with sorting garments for recycling? How are some companies dealing with this issue?

      "Less than 1% of used textiles are recycled…" Pg 201

      Q: The book also brings up "Passport Control"   a concept where all products of the future will be able to tell you what they are and where they’ve been! Why is this essential to know? P. 203

      Q:“Connectivity is essential to reshape our relationship with resources” P. 204
      How could EON’s product passports change the fashion industry’s trajectory?

      Q: Fibre passports are also being explored. What might be the benefit of this for producers/buyers and consumers? 

      Q: Consider the Renewcell innovation, something termed by Cavalli -Bjorkman “Industrial Evolution”P. 207. Creative thinking can take what’s already there and find new purpose for it. Maybe transformation is a key way of thinking about the industry when trying to come up with sustainable solutions for the future…. What are your thoughts? (Eg The Pulp industry example in the book, where existing infrastructure from industries that are no longer viable are being refit to power textile recycling).   

      Week 8 - Imagining how ethical fashion could look: Local & Global

      Week 8 - Imagining how ethical fashion could look: Local & Global


      Q: Local fashion - "In some ways it looks like the past" (p.170)
      In what ways might this be so?

      "...the enormous skill we have in our country towns gets ignored, because it's seen as little old ladies knitting..." (p. 172)

      Q: 2% of clothing sold in Australia is currently being made locally, compared to 97.5% in 1961. What happened? 

      Q: How does the disconnection of products from their origins effect the way consumers view these products - their value/cost and worth?

      Q: Preserving craft tradition and cultural heritage is an important consideration when considering championing local fashion production. To what extent do you agree with this statement and why?

      Q: Reducing transport emissions is also a major consideration with those advocating for local fashion. Discuss the importance of this consideration.

      Q: "We produce our own fiber here...then send it all overseas to be processed" (p.177)
      Processing in Australia may not be financially viable at this point in time, but cooperation and innovative thinking may lead to new solutions...
      What are some examples of this happening in the chapter? Have you seen this happen at some level in your local environment?

      Q: We need to consider cost and efficiency, pooling resources and sharing new technology. Discuss how we can do this.

      Q: Why do we assume that competition is the only way forward economically speaking?

      Q: What might locally made clothes FOR locals mean?


      "Legislation is the key" (p.188) What does this mean for global fashion?
      "Asia is still the fashion workshop of the world" (p.188)
      "The sector employs approximately 60 million workers" (p.188)

      Q: What are the best and worst scenarios for these workers?

      Q: How can brands reduce their negative impact on the environment, and improve the lives/wellbeing of workers in Asia, within the narrative of de-growth and localism?

      Q: "Africa can't continue acting as a dumping ground" (p. 196).
      Discuss the "Return to Sender" initiative and the issues our textile waste creates for the global south. (p.193-4).

      Q: The global north needs to completely rethink the way it produces, consumes and disposes of clothing, and it needs to consider its colonial legacy which is still effecting its commercial processes... How can we do this?

      Week 7: You Choose ... 6. Community &. 7. Less (pg 137 - 166)

      Week 7: You Choose ... 6. Community &. 7. Less (pg 137 - 166)

      Wow, we are half way through the book! This week we are looking at Community and Less. If you want to come chat about these two topics our meet up is this Sunday at the 16 Footers Belmont 2:30pm - the Blend Café. 

      Lets start with defining the two scenarios: 

      1. Community is imagining that consumers purchase to make a difference and seek out social enterprises. Like we did today on our field trip to the Rag Traders Pop up shop today.
      2. Less imagines that we own fewer and fewer clothing items because consumers want to reduce their ecological footprint.

      Also, before we start with Clare's book, I want to share a quote that I personally love and think fits perfectly here:

        “What business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social entrepreneurs are to social change. They are the driven, creative individuals who question the status quo, exploit new opportunities, refuse to give up, and remake the world for the better.” – David Bornstein, Author, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

      This week’s questions:


      In the book it talks about collaborations such as (if you want to check them out click on the links to their web pages):
      - Making For Change a UK social enterprise that works with women in prisons for more about this go to
      - San Patrignano (Italian) group who use weaving textiles as a way to rehabilitate people out of drug addiction, to read more about this see .
      - Mending For Good based in Millan see .
      - Manusa who trains and hires refugees and new immigrants. .
      - The Social Outfit who offer sewing and retail training programs for women from refugee backgrounds and CALD migrant communities - .

      Q. Discuss the statement that said that to survive they need to work together with other social enterprises. In the book it is described as “growing the web of connections” p 140.

      Q . Does fashion have the ability to change lives? Before you answer, consider this quote, “ ‘I didn’t have a retirement fund before’ says Fatima. ‘I now know more about my rights and what you need to work in Australia.”

      Q. One of the issues is that social agendas can clash with commercial – How can this be alleviated? “The money has to come from somewhere”pg148. According to the World Economic Forum, “nearly 40% fail in the first year” (social enterprises).

      Here are some ideas we have for survival:
      - Government assistance
      - Extra fundings via charity fundraising
      - Donations
      - Sponsorship
      - Marketing of product explains that cost of product is the “therapy” and “training” and the result of rehabilitation for the producers. You are wearing someone’s reason for hope.
      - Give credit to the maker so that there is a connection to the artisan’s story.
      - Fundraisers . Look at “Wear The Change” example: .

      Q. Is the answer B Corp for profit driven businesses ? Consider this quote; “ B Corp offers a tangible and transparent framework for keeping businesses accountable and setting industry benchmarks” p 150

      Q. Do you think the cultural zeitgeist is shifting from maximizing profits to maximizing purpose? Is this driven by consumers or businesses?


      Imagine if “fashion is seen as a vehicle for political activism and personal storytelling. DIY culture makes it creative.” “When we do buy we choose well because we know it’s got to last”

      Q. How much do we really need in our wardrobe?

      Q. How does the idea of less make you feel?

      Q. Degrowth? Is it possible to stop overproduction?

      Quote: “ We must grow out of growth…The only solution is less stuff. There are no other options” – Kate Fletcher pg 156.

      Q. The commons is defined as “a resource + a community + a set of social protocols’. Pg 157. An example of this model in practice is Fashion Act Now . Discuss how this is a “vibrant, creative social system” pg 158.

      Q. Can you think of other communing in practices. The book gives these examples; “gift economy; open access journals for scholarship; CSA (community supported agriculture… cafes and crowd funding” pg 159.

      Q. One of the interviewed people in the book says that for fashion to become about “less” to “we will need to redefine status” – It will need to reflect social responsibility somehow. We need to not look at less as a sacrifice rather as more authentic connections. What do you think?

      Q: How can small businesses survive if they can’t sell enough clothes to pay for rent, staff etc p165?

      Q: DIT (Do It Together) will that become a commodity rather than a new outfit. Let’s discuss a date and organize one of these to do together :D.

      My Son's Beautiful Gesture on Valentine's Day

      My Son's Beautiful Gesture on Valentine's Day

      As a parent, there are moments that fill your heart with pride and joy, moments that reaffirm your belief in the goodness of humanity. Yesterday, I had one of those moments, courtesy of my incredible son, Seb.

      Valentine's Day can be a time of love and celebration for many, but for others, it can bring feelings of loneliness and inadequacy. Unfortunately, one of the girls in Seb's friend group experienced just that when she was humiliated by a boy she asked to be her Valentine. She was made to feel undesirable and unworthy, a heartbreaking experience for anyone, let alone a young teenager.

      In the face of his friend's distress, Seb's response was nothing short of extraordinary. Instead of dismissing her feelings or staying silent, he spoke up with words of reassurance and support. "Absolutely nothing is wrong with you," he told her, offering a glimmer of hope in her moment of darkness.

      But Seb didn't stop there. He recognized that Valentine's Day isn't just about romantic love—it's about celebrating all forms of love and spreading kindness to those around us. With this in mind, he suggested we visit a shop to purchase a piece of jewelry that supports the cause of ending human trafficking, a cause close to both our hearts ( I have been telling him about this lately).

      As we browsed through the selection, Seb carefully chose a piece that symbolized hope and empowerment. With a determined look in his eyes, he wrote a heartfelt note to his friend, urging her to "hold onto hope and know your worth—I see it." It was a simple yet profound message, a reminder that she is valued and loved just as she is.

      Witnessing Seb's compassion and empathy in action brought tears to my eyes. In a world that can sometimes feel cold and indifferent, his warmth and kindness is illuminating the darkness around him. He may only be a teenager, but his heart is already so full of love and understanding.

      As a parent, I couldn't be prouder of the young man he is becoming. Seb's beautiful gesture serves as a powerful reminder that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a world of difference to those in need. May we all strive to follow his example and spread love and compassion wherever we go.

      This Valentine's Day, let us remember that love knows no bounds, and kindness has the power to change lives. And to my son Seb, thank you for being the embodiment of love and compassion in this world. You are truly a treasure to behold.

      So I am inspired to say to everyone reading this happy valentines day, have hope and know your worth. 



      Week 6: You Choose - Upcycled (pg 119 - 151)

      Week 6: You Choose - Upcycled (pg 119 - 151)

      In a few days its Valentines day. A perfect for the theme for the chapter we are digging into this week. To look at our planet with love - and to see all things of waste for the potential for being  lovable and useful.

      "Imagine nothing useful goes to waste. Upcycling is a cornerstone of our circular economy. Children dream of careers were they get to use their hands fashioning new, better quality items out of old ones" p119

      Ronald Van Der Kemp's Atelier is discussed in the book as the high fashion example - The following is an extract from his website that describes what he is about:

      "Creating couture out of unwanted materials because we believe that what is deemed useless today can create beautiful tomorrows.
      We capture those discarded fragments and turn them into an ever evolving wardrobe. 

      Fueling a mindful movement
      for the sake of beauty
      for the sake of our planet "  

      "We've added to the story, but the original remains in a way' pg120 To see examples of the designs Click on

      Q : The main issue of this form of business model is the difficulty of selling unique pieces online? and the constant push for "new",  and our trend culture diving products into obsolescence. Discuss

      Q: The dead stock issue 122 & 123. I highly recommend this blog by Good On You it explains how dead stock is used and examples of amazing brands doing it - Lets discuss this issue and solutions available. 

      Textile waste is capturing the attention of consumers, businesses and legislators. For example: - 

      • The "Queen of Raw" Stephanie Benedetto: .
      • France has extended anti - waste laws, prohibiting the destruction of dead stock.
      • Australia is implementing the National Clothing Product Stewardship Scheme.
      • Brands are looking for solutions, and technology is catching up.

      Q: Big brands go to extreme lengths to stop their products hitting the grey market. Discuss. Why?  The IP issue (knock offs and counterfeit ) p126.

      Recommended reading : "Explainer: Why fast fashion brands destroy unsold"  clothes

      What are ways this can be changed. An example in the book was

      Alexander MacQueen donating dead stock fabrics to fashion students. 

       and TRAID who  "stop clothes from being thrown away. We turn clothes waste into funds and resources to reduce the environmental and social impacts of our clothes. It is a circular and sustainable approach to the problems of clothes waste tackling disposal, production and consumption". 

      Q: WE MUST ADDRESS THE WASTE  - "Australia's salvation army(salvos) stores have a 3 million dollar tip fee "for their upcycled charities.  How can we look at the waste stream so it is seen as a reuse stream?

      We cant go on the way we are going, all we need to do is think about the second hand clothing piling up in Ghana and Chile.

      Kirkum challenges us to stop going to charity shops to find perfectly good pieces that can be used. We need to use the throwaway items for upcycling. "Cleaning, cutting it up and making it into something new". This is one of her creations:

      Q: Should we all be joining trash clubs? And creating a demand for trash that becomes sorted into treasure?

      Q: My favorite quote was the definition of Palimpsest - "An ancient word for an old parchment that's been reused but still bares traces of the original writings.".  Its the way we describe and word things that give value don't you think? Rather than trash - its a reusable resource? Discuss.

      No meet up this Sunday instead we are taking a field trip on the 16th to visit some awesome local Upcycle businesses in Newcastle. 

      We are also going to have a few upcycling mending workshops next month on Fridays. Please let us know if you are interested.It will start with an OP shop tour and then a upcycle mending course at the shop from 3-5pm  $20 each for 2hrs. 

      I also want to shout out to:

      Purple Card Project and ReNewy . Two local businesses taking on this challenge of waste are reuse of it in our local community. LOVE what you do!  



      Yvie xo


      Ps. Sorry this is late :/. 




      Week5 : Could the future of fashion be governed by "Slow" be "Even Faster Faster"?

      Week5 : Could the future of fashion be governed by "Slow" be "Even Faster Faster"?

      This week we are discussing the chapters  "Slow" and "Even Faster" from our book Wear Next: Fashioning the future by Clare Press.  

      This weeks meet up is at Blend Cafe at the 16 Foot Sailing Club in Belmont NSW Sunday 2:30pm.  These are the questions we will be discussing this week:


      1. “In 2019, the WHO officially recognised burnout as a syndrome of chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”. p93 . How do you define work/life balance? Do you see any signs of burnout in your life? What could you do to decrease the risk? What can employers do to protect their employees?
      2. This chapter urges us to ask - What does success look like to me? And… How much am I willing to sacrifice to achieve this?
      3. Finding a way back to balance requires “…taking the time to slow our thinking down and consider why we do things”. p99
      4. What are some of the techniques you use to slow your thinking down? Time to reflect is essential, ask yourself - What do I need?... rather than - What do I want? And start slow so you can sustain it!
      5. One way to slow things down in the industry, is by working with a new business model - working in “Collaboration” rather than in “Competition” p97
      6. Why isn’t a competitive model working for everyone? For the environment?
      7. “Nothing is outdated”. p101. Discuss.
      8. What are the alternatives to trend-driven fashion?
      9. Slowing down fashion industry norms enables the development of the best products using the best practices possible! Consider the trickle-down effect on consumers….“Slow Fashion Season has 3 demands: transparency from companies, targets from governments, and accountability from advertisers”. p104. Discuss.
      10. “We have to see the dominant narrative around success, hyper-acceleration, and a productive body as rooted in colonialism”. p99 . Consider this  statement and its implications… Katrina from the Shared World Collective will be leading this discussion. 

      Even Faster

      What this could look like.....

      - Better inventory management.

      - Better predictions due to "big data to manage inventory"

      - Direct to consumer model.

      - 3D printing 

      - Made to order,  even  at the touch of a button from home.

      Questions this chapter encourages us to think about:

      1. The younger generations are the next deciders of where fashion goes. "Do they know about the sustainability issue, or even care?"p109
      2. "Brands can now get products live within days" Sein is releasing "TEN THOUSAND" (p110) a day! - This makes Sein the most "important" brand on the planet "doesn't mean good....its a bellwether for what is happening" (pg110). Discuss.
      3. "Social media commodifies our every moment" (pg 111) Discuss. 
      4. Survey by "Samsung, found 60 percent of young people ready to ditch fast fashion entirely". But, Vouge study finds gen Z buy most of their clothes from fast fashion. And even worse,  BoF Insights research suggests just " 7% of gen Z" are driven "by a strong sense of ethics and purpose to change the world" (pg112). Discuss.
      5. Apparently its not not "trends" - its now called "Aesthetics" that motivates gen z pg.112. The other is issue is financial. Also, they are so overwhelmed by "social upheaval and political unrest. There is a feeling of nihilism out there". pg114. Discuss.
      6. Do you think fashion can be pulled by demand rather than pushed out products. So less waste on unwanted items. e.g. order customized on line and 3D printed (hopefully made from biodegradable materials such as corn starch, where old fashion becomes compost)  pg 114. ?
      7. "used right, tech innovation can unlock speed and Sustainability"  Such as Magic fit technology used by Citizen Wolf pg115- 117, Discuss.

      Hope to see you on Sunday,


      Yvie xo