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Chooseday 27th February - Choose To Shop Second Hand!





Good Morning,


Happy Chooseday!


Today, we want to talk to you about the power of our choices and how they can make a real difference in shaping a more sustainable future. It's time to Choose to shop second hand, shop ethically, and keep sustainability front of mind. 


What's The Problem? 🌍


Did you know that the fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to landfill waste worldwide?


According to recent statistics from the ABC (2024) Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek has highlighted the alarming fact that 210,000 tonnes of clothing and textiles end up in Australian landfill every year. Each T-shirt alone requires a staggering 2,700 litres of water and six kilograms of carbon to produce.


It's clear that our current consumption habits are not sustainable.




Taking Action 🛍️


There is hope! By Choosing to shop second hand, we can reduce the demand for new clothing and minimize our environmental footprint.


Consider this: Australia imports more than 1.4 billion pieces of new clothing each year, half of which typically end up in landfill, as reported by Financial Review in June 2023.


Recycling and upcycling programs exist, but they're not enough. We need to produce less and consume more consciously. Be the change you want to see and choose to stamp out fast fashion.


If there is less and less demand, there will be less and less production. Choose to shop second hand at charity shops and be a beacon of sustainability!



One inspiring initiative making a real difference is the Remote Op Shop Project.


This community-owned and led op shop network in remote First Nations communities serves a dual purpose: providing access to affordable clothing and household goods while also offering small business training and generating funding for local cultural projects.


By operating as a social enterprise under circular economy principles, they divert waste from landfills and tackle resource constraints in remote communities.




Another inspiring initiative making a real difference is Thread Together.



Thread Together drives social and environmental change by sourcing unsold clothing stock from fashion retailers and giving it to people in need. This incredible organization saves clothing from landfill and assists vulnerable people who are doing it tough with clothing and essentials. 




How You Can Make a Difference ♻️ 


Take meaningful action by supporting the Remote Op Shop Project's incredible initiative. For just a $22.00 donation, you can send 5kg of Pre-Loved Clothing to First Nations communities and play a vital role in providing essential items while promoting sustainability and supporting local economies.


 

Support one of Thread Together's impactful projects. The right to adequate clothing is a basic human right, yet 3.4 million Australians lack access to it. With just $5, you can provide a brand-new wardrobe to someone affected by bushfires, fleeing domestic violence, or facing other challenges.


Your contribution will not only reduce landfill waste but also empower communities and foster economic resilience.


As we navigate the complexities of modern consumerism, let's remember the power of our choices.


By Choosing to shop second hand, Choosing sustainability, and Choosing to support initiatives like the Remote Op Shop Project and Thread Together, we can collectively create a more equitable and environmentally conscious world.


Together, let's make this Chooseday a day of action and positive change.💚


Thank you for your commitment to a brighter, more sustainable future. 


From your friendly-neighborhood sustainability advocates,

the GoodCompany team.

Know someone who will benefit from a Chooseday mindset?








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