Are you looking for a way to stay fashionable, not break the bank, and at the same time be environmentally friendly?
If you’re looking for that new outfit that’s something a bit special, or you’re trying to rehouse some of your former favourites, there are plenty of options here in Brisbane! Here are some of the best sustainable options in the Brisbane fashion scene that prevent clothes from ending up in the landfill.
On the first and third Sunday of every month, the Suitcase Rummage pops up in Reddacliff Place. If you are looking to sell some unwanted pieces, this is a great chance to fill up a suitcase to the brim! Enjoy some banter, make some cash, or even do a bit of shopping (and you might just come home with a restocked suitcase). If you’re interested in holding a stall visit the Suitcase Rummage website.
If you’re all about the shopping, then try Nook on Browning Street, South Brisbane. The owner Michelle promotes Australian fashion designers who are dedicated to ethical fashion, art and ceramics. This unique store is open each Monday to Saturday, and if you pop in you may catch a glimpse of Nooks’ very own cat, Lucy. Gorgeous Lucy is a rescue cat who came from the Cat Cuddle Café. The café’s Op Shop is another Brisbane source for pre-loved and retro fashion, and all its proceeds go towards the care of the cats.
If you are looking to sell or swap your clothing, then visit SWOP. As the name suggests, it’s a clothing exchange shop, that is leading the way in finding sustainable ways to repurpose your unwanted garments. There are two SWOP locations in inner-Brisbane, one in the City, and one in West End. This is a great way to free up some cash or source a new outfit for the weekend.
Or, if you don’t mind diving into a fashion scrummage in search of a bargain, then get yourself along to a fashion swap event. Biome are an Australian brand leading the way in producing zero waste and ethical products, and they are holding a clothing swap on Saturday, April 20, from 10 am – 12 pm. Fashion swaps are an exciting way to get rid of unwanted clothes and be sure that they will go to a new home. Biome hosts a variety of other fun environmentally-friendly events, including sewing workshops. Just make sure to grab tickets as they are limited, and often in hot demand. For more information, visit their website.
If you love sustainable style, meet Aicha – the brains behind the eco-friendly label, The Great Beyond.
By Nicole Carroll