Esther has collated over 100 bloggers from around the world to join the consortium. This is certainly no easy task, but does demonstrate the importance and global interest in ethical related fashion.
One task which has been allocated to bloggers taking part in the consortium, is to put together a "human friendly outfit".
Here is my outfit:
Top: Gorman $6 from Salvos
Cardigan: Sisley $5 from Vinnies Victoria
Necklace: $3, upcycled from a mens necktie from Mentone Boutique Bazaar
Maxi skirt: Me-made using thrifted jersey fabric from Family Life (project seen here)
Shoes: Unknown brand $6 from Salvos
8 months pregnant, and clothes are on serious rotation mode. I practically live in the maxi skirt I made, but do find most of the clothes in my wardrobe don't fit. My thrifted Gorman (Melbourne based sustainable fashion label) top does fit over the bump, I'm lucky to have found it at Salvos in St Kilda for just $6. Heels are somewhat out of the question right now, flats are getting much more wear. My 5yr son calls these thrifted flats my 'Christmas' shoes and I can see why!
:: Christmas Bauble Shoes! ::
So what really classifies my outfit as "human friendly"? As I've talked about before, buying secondhand fashion can support humanitarian efforts close to home, in this case three of the charitable shops I have sourced my outfit from:
Buying secondhand goods from a Salvation Army (Australian Salvos) Opportunity Shop supports a charity which funds various community services. Whilst the Salvos is vast in its support service, some of the causes include aged care, children's services, employment services, crisis & supported accommodation, counselling, outback flying service and more.
"Part of The Salvation Army's mission involves meeting human need wherever it occurs - without discrimination"
Buying secondhand goods from a St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) Opportunity Shop, supports a charity which provides practical support, advocacy and friendship to the most vulnerable in the Australian community through local groups, as well as Vinnies Centres and Soup Vans. Additionally, The Society provides assistance to migrants and refugees seeking to rebuild their lives in a new country as well as supporting individuals and communities in developing countries. More here.
Buying secondhand goods from a Family Life Opportunity Shop, supports a charitable community service agency helping families in the southern suburbs of Melbourne, through "innovative, ethical solutions, promoting wellbeing, and responding to the needs of families, children and young people". More here
If recycled fashion means buying (or re-creating) garments that are already in existence taking away the necessity to buy new, but also supports humanitarian charitable causes, then surely this is one of the better ways to source "human friendly fashion"?.