Second-hand is stylish
We spoke to Lily, Social Media Manager of USYD Fashion Revolution Society, about the work the society does to raise awarness and advocate for environmentally friendly fashion, what her fashion red flags are and simple ways we can all make our wardrobe more sustainable.
USYD Fashion Revolution is a society that campaigns for a more socially and environmentally responsible fashion industry.
The society was established as a USYD branch of the Fashion Revolution NGO that was founded after the Rana Plaza collapse – the structural failure of an eight-story commercial building in Bangladesh that brought world-wide attention to the environmental and humanitarian toll the garment industry takes.
USYD Fashion Revolution hosts many events throughout the year, including clothes swaps, panel events and sewing workshops. Their goal is to raise awareness of the ethical and environmental harms caused by industry practices and help empower fellow students to make conscious choices in their purchases by demonstrating their actions can make a difference in the industry.
"We hope for students to leave our events feeling more motivated to make more informed and mindful choices when purchasing garments and to share that knowledge with their peers," says Lily, Social Media Manager of USYD Fashion Revolution Society.
The society also fosters connections among fellow sustainability advocates within the community, including ActionAid Australia, Oxfam and Baptist World Aid, and small Australian businesses, such as Clingy Bags and The Social Outfit. These connections, Lily says, broaden the avenues through which students and the wider community can engage with ethical fashion.
This Thursday 19 October, USYD Fashion Revolution will be running a Fashion Swap, as part of a panel event on ethical fashion hosted by the University's dedicated Modern Slavery Unit and the Business School's MBA Dimensions Program.
Hear from Lily about fashion trends that make her tick, how to spot environmentally-friendly clothing and simple ways you can make your wardrobe more sustainable.
Whether you already have a deep passion for sustainable fashion or want to take the first steps towards making more environmentally-friendly fashion choices, USYD Fashion Revolution Society is the community for you.
"By becoming part of our community you can actively contribute to the global Fashion Revolution movement, advocating for a future where the fashion industry no longer inflicts irreparable harm on the climate and garment workers," says Lily.
The USYD MBA Dimensions program is an initiative designed to connect MBAers and MBA Alumni with thought leaders from across the University through events delivered in a series of face-to-face workshops and guest lectures.
The Modern Slavery Unit is the University's dedicated modern slavery team, responsible for embedding a respect for human rights across the University, and equipping students with access to resources to understand their rights and access support. You can contact the team directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.