Eco store, Biome, has opened a mecca for sustainable fashion in Paddington giving residents the opportunity to purchase ethically made garments from leading local and international designers while championing the slow fashion movement.
Founder of Biome, Tracey Bailey, said it is no secret that fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world.
“Australia is now the second largest consumer of new textiles averaging 27 kilograms of new textiles per person every year, and as a nation, we are dumping more than six tonnes of fashion waste into landfill every 10 minutes,” she said.
“Fast fashion issues span from textile waste to human rights violation, the use of toxic materials and dyes to big brands burning excess stock.
“The industry is depleting non-renewable resources, emitting huge quantities of greenhouse gases and using massive amounts of energy, chemicals and water to produce vast quantities of clothing just to meet industry demand.
“The increased use of synthetic fibres such as polyester, nylon and acrylic which are made from petroleum is also impacting the environment in many ways. These ‘plastic’ fibres don’t biodegrade, can take thousands of years to break down and pollute our oceans and waterways with thousands of plastic micro plastic fibres with every wash.
The slow fashion movement is the antithesis of fast fashion. It champions transparency, sustainable fabrics, fair treatment of those who make clothes, environmentally responsible production, and innovation.
“Slow fashion is about respecting a slower process, loving a garment for longer, knowing the maker, appreciating fabric, building a wardrobe of beautiful staples and banishing the idea that outfit repeating is a sin,” said Ms Bailey.
Located at Biome Collective next door to Biome’s flagship Paddington store, conscious consumers can now shop a carefully curated range of women’s and men’s slow fashion, accessories, and footwear under one roof.
All featured labels have been carefully researched to ensure they meet Biome’s ethical and sustainable standards and are made using natural fibres and materials like linen, organic cotton, Tencel, hemp, clay, recycled metals and materials, bamboo and FSC Certified Birch Plywood.
Brands on display include Seaside Tones, Luna + Sun, Outland Denim, Torju, Frank & Dollys, Hemp Clothing Australia, Icebreaker, Gillawarra Arts, Pela, Pixie Nut and Co, RBCCA KSTR, Paper Boat Press and One Happy Leaf.
Shop Biome’s slow fashion range at Biome’s Paddington store located at 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, Queensland or online here!
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