What fashion does to the environment

30 07 2009

If saving money and having amazing, individual pieces wasn’t enough reason to go vintage, here are a few more.

Planet Ark tells us just how much of an impact we’re making when we buy someone new clothes.

Every dollar Australians spend on new clothes as gifts consumes 20 litres (four gallons) of water and requires 3.4 square metres (37 sq feet) of land in the manufacturing process. (scary statistics!)

Australian Conservation Foundation lets you calculate your impact on the environment. Notice that how much you spend on new clothes is important!

They give you some good reasons to buy second hand.

Producing clothes has a significant environmental impact, using much water, energy and land. The amount of water used in the production and transport of clothes bought by an average Australian household each year is 150,000 litres – buying second hand clothes or repairing old clothes could save much of this water. Cotton in particular requires a lot of water and often also uses a lot of chemicals. On average worldwide, every new T-shirt made takes about 1.5 kilograms of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) to produce.

Go Green Australia describes how you’ll be helping.

By going secondhand and pre-loved, you’re:

  • reducing the amount of time, energy and resources spent on the construction, shipping and sales of new clothes
  • reusing items that aren’t ready to be thrown out yet
  • recycling fashion, in the best tradition of retro-chic!
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    Maria Paoli-Talent

    28 07 2009

    Maria Paoli is a coffee expert. She writes, judges, teaches, consults and takes tours all about coffee.

    Maria, holding Bean Scene magazine which she writes for

    Maria, holding Bean Scene magazine which she writes for

    This description comes from her companies website, Evolving Success.

    Maria’s love affair with coffee began as an infant, when her grandad would flavour her milk with a little espresso. Her great grandmother would roast her own blends and then grind the beans freshly every day. “Coffee was just a part of life,” Maria claims.”

    Maria also runs the Melbourne Historical Coffee Trek which takes you on a tour of Melbourne’s best coffee spots and teaching you about the history, the taste, the process along the way.

    Maria regularly writes for The Bean Scene magazine.

    So with all these credentials Maria seemed a natural choice For a podcast episode devoted to coffee! She had a wealth of knowledge, and I’d suggest going on one of her tours, because there was much more we talked about that there wasn’t room to include in the podcast.