Landfills have become the latest fashion victim to Australian disposable clothing culture


For Australians, F-AS is being used more and more, with almost a quarter of people admitting to throwing away their clothes after wearing a piece of clothing. Four of 10 people surveyed by YouGov said they put unwanted fashion items in the trash instead of trying to repair or recycle the trash.

As Australian fast fashion is rapidly growing at a rate of 2 billion U.S. dollars a year, YouGov’s report found that 75% of Australian adults threw away their clothes during the past year and 30% threw more than 10 pieces of clothes.

The billions of dollars in culture have caused serious environmental problems, and 24% say they throw away their clothes when they wear it. One in six people divides at least three clothes and puts them on only once.

The report also shows disagreement about clothing attitude. Millennials like to buy new clothes. Almost a quarter say they bought at least half their clothes in the past year. They are also more likely to lose their clothes within two years.
The baby boomers are the opposite. More than two-thirds of people said less than 10% of their clothes were bought in the past year.

Baby boomers are more likely to donate their clothes to charities (86% or 69%) or recycle (26% and 20%) when getting rid of unwanted items. Young shoppers are more likely to sell online, or – even more worrisome – burn it down.

The most common reason for everyone is because they are no longer fit or damaged. But Millennials are more easily parabolic because they are tired of them (24%), who become outdated (19%) or more than a few seasons (18%).
Melinda Tual, fashion revolution coordinator, said she was not surprised because the definition of value has changed.

She said: “When the older generation grows up, consider what is worth – it is longevity and high quality materials that can stay in peak seasons.

“Now that millennials are older, cheaper fashion is a definition of value for them, and it would be valuable if you could buy a T-shirt worth less than $ 10.”

She said that the fast-paced low-cost and easy-to-access make it easier to discard something: “When these things are easy to come by, I think there’s always something inherent in the meaning of this.”

A report from the ibis world found that the fast fashion industry in Australia is booming, an increase of 21% over the past five years. Retailers such as H & M, UNIQLO, Zara and Topshop / Topman have arrived and expanded rapidly (albeit with a few minor issues) as stylish customers wait for cheap clothing on business trips abroad.

Online fashion shopping is also part of the problem. A report by The Australian Post shows that 22% of online shopping is fashion and has grown significantly in three years. Australian families received an average of 3.2 fashion items in 2016. According to statistics, the most popular time on the iconic Web site is Thursday, which is delivered on Friday, suggesting that shoppers are looking for new wear on weekends, with little thought for its long-term use.

So customers are quickly getting their fashion fixes – but they are breaking it down. Fashion is one-time, bringing huge problems to the environment, with more than 500,000 tons of textiles and leather being delivered to landfills in Australia alone.

Sustainable development consultant Jane Milligan this (Jane Miliburn) has just launched the “slow fashion” (Slow Fashion), a book found that Australians on average 27 kg per year to buy textiles (including leather and household goods), then dropped 23 kg of landfill Material, mainly synthetic fibers. So Australians consume twice as many textiles each year as the average global average of 13 kilos.

She said there are several landfills, at least 25% of which are received by charities. She said: “Op shops are overwhelmed with donations, and if there are any problems or problems, they go straight to the landfill.

Fast fashion is keeping all prices to a minimum, which is bad news for those who rely on the industry to pay their salaries. A report by Oxfam found that only 4% of Australians spent on clothing came from garment workers.

If everyone plays their part, Melinda Tually said there is a way to solve the problem. City councils and local governments can encourage more people to recycle unwanted items and return many of the illegally dumped charities that have been removed from the parking lot. She said: “Accessibility is the key.


Retailers can do better, such as providing more recycling programs. H & M, a Swedish fashion brand, encourages customers to return all unwanted clothing that can be sold as second-hand goods, converted to other products or converted into textile fibers. Similarly, outdoor apparel company Patagonia offers free repair and recycling of all its customers. Tually said: “Brands recognize that their responsibility does not end there.

What consumers should know is not something unnecessary. Tually said: “We know that over 95% of textiles in landfills are reusable and there is virtually no need to landfill there.” “Consumers have a responsibility to know that you’re throwing away a lot of resources and never going Recover.

Finally, shoppers need to think about whether to buy another so-called bargain. “This is impulsive shopping that leads to more dumping than buying, so slow down and think hard so they do not fall into the trash.”


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