Wānaka Sun       

Eeny meeny miny moe — surviving on six

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 13 Feb, 2020 | By Emma Conyngham editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

We've seen the public movement around single use plastics make change. Now it's the turn of disposable fashion to feel the heat. 

Wastebusters is hosting the Six Items Challenge in our district during March, to raise awareness about the waste and exploitation that is the dark side of fast fashion. Globally, we're making more clothing than we can ever wear —  an estimated 150 billion items per year. Much of it is designed to be worn just a few times and thrown out, which is a terrible waste of energy, water and resources. Fast fashion also harms the environment through toxic chemicals, dyes and microplastics, and harms people through exploitative labour practices.

If you are suffering from bloated wardrobe syndrome, or you want to do something about fashion waste, join Wastebusters in the Six Items Challenge in March. All you have to do is to limit your choice of clothing for the month of March to just six items. But don't panic! The six items refer to your main items of clothing – dresses, trousers, tops, skirts, jumpers, shirts etc. You have unlimited access to underwear, accessories, footwear and sportswear plus uniforms and a jacket.

By participating in the Six Item Challenge, you'll be part of a global movement to rethink fashion and you'll say no to fast fashion, and yes to quality clothing, repair, longevity, your own personal style and fair working conditions; you'll inspire others and change attitudes —  it's the perfect opportunity to spread the word about the downside of fast fashion; you won't have to think about what to wear. Spare time!; and get the satisfaction of taking up a challenge and getting some insights into what fashion means to you.

It's about the journey, so don't let the fear of failure put you off. Try the Six Items Challenge with Wastebusters.  www.wastebusters.co.nz



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