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Published September 15th 2020
Fed up with fast fashion? Buy slow clothes at Biome
If you've become aware of the exploitation and pollution that's part and parcel of the contemporary 'fast' fashion industry, you might also be feeling at a loss for an alternative. So you'll be excited to learn that eco-store Biome has repurposed its workshop space into a 'slow fashion' haven in Brisbane's Paddington!
Now you can easily see, try and buy ethically-made women's and men's clothes, accessories and footwear made by leading local and international designers. And you can be confident that you're truly opting out of the fast fashion consumption cycle and its alarming effects.
Being one of the most polluting industries in the world is not the only problem with today's cheap and disposable clothing practices.
Biome founder Tracey Bailey says, 'Fast fashion issues span from textile waste to human rights violation, from 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.'
All that to produce clothing that's designed and made to be thrown out and replaced on a whim. And Australian shoppers are a big part of the problem.
Australia is now the second-largest consumer of new textiles,' says Tracey, 'averaging 27 kg 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.'
Six tonnes every 10 minutes: that's over 860 tonnes per day, and over 6,000 tonnes a week! More than 310,000 tonnes in a year!
But besides the shocking amount of waste generated by the fast fashion industry and the depletion of resources involved, the textiles themselves cause problems.
Many fast fashion garments are made from synthetic materials like polyester, nylon and acrylics, which are by-products of petroleum - itself a non-renewable resource. Plus, the tiny plastic fibres from these clothes enter our waterways and oceans via your washing cycle - and they're not biodegradable, so they cause serious pollution and harm marine animals.
In contrast, the sustainable clothes, accessories and footwear at Biome's Collective space in Paddington belong to the 'slow fashion' movement. This burgeoning consumer preference champions sustainable fabrics, fair treatment of garment workers, and environmentally responsible production methods.
Beautiful, ethical and sustainable fashion, guilt-free (photo: Biome)
All slow fashion labels at the Collective are made from natural materials like linen, organic cotton, Tencel, hemp, clay, bamboo and FSC-certified birch plywood, as well as recycled metals and materials.
The brands 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.
Some of the slow fashion range available (photo: Biome)
And as with all Biome stock lines, careful research has been done to ensure that all the garments meet Biome's ethical and sustainable standards. It can be really hard to be sure that your purchases meet your shopping values, but Biome have done the work for you!
So if changing the world one garment at a time matters to you, Biome are here to help! Visit the Collective, right next door to the Paddington store at 2 Latrobe Terrace. Access is disability friendly, and a COVID-safe plan is in place.