Slow fashion down, one item at a time…

 

Do you love clothes but hate waste? Us too! Clothes are fun. They’re expressive. They make us feel good.

Wastebusters created Slow Fashion Month in March to celebrate our love of clothes consciously and sustainably.

Hello slow fashion!

Slow Fashion Month is a time to rethink not just what’s in your wardrobe but how it got there. It’s an opportunity to rethink how we shop and use our clothes and make sure that every purchase is made with conscious intent and that every item is worn, whether by us or others, to the end of its life. It’s about respecting the planet’s resources that go into our fabrics and protecting the people who are behind the sewing machines making our clothes. 

By slowing things down in March, you’ll understand who’s made your clothes and where, make informed decisions when buying clothes (whether secondhand or new), and take responsibility for your clothes’ lifespans. Together, we can slow fashion down to a sustainable pace the whole year round.

Fashion is fun and so is our Slow Fashion Month

 

Throughout March we run a series of events and campaigns to get people thinking about their fashion choices. Our annual Refashion catwalk show in Wānaka celebrates local creators and designers who can showcase their sustainable creations on the runway. We organise clothing swaps, encouraging people to think about borrowing or swapping before buying new. We post tips and ideas throughout the month to start conversations and get people thinking about their clothes’ journey to their wardrobes and where they may end up. 

Embrace Slow Fashion Your Way

Second-hand Shopping

Secondhand shopping has never gone out of fashion and there are good reasons why: there are bargains aplenty to be found as you support a local business or charity, you find unique and distinct pieces, you keep clothes out of landfill and you help slow down the production of new items.

Here’s three reasons buying second hand clothing is sustainable:

  1. Fewer new clothes are sold and therefore produced 
  2. It keeps clothing out of the landfill and from being shipped around the world to secondhand markets
  3. Your money is going to a local business or charity

You only need to pop into our Reuse Shop to see how popular our clothes section is and it’s a badge of pride in Wānaka when you’re complimented on what you’re wearing and you can say, “I got it at Wasties”.

Repairing your clothes

There’s more to slow fashion than secondhand shopping, though. It’s about caring for and repairing the items you already own. Don’t know how to fix something? Come along to one of our Repair Revolution events and learn how to give your clothes a longer life. When your clothes finally meet their end, can you put them to use in a new form? Just because you can’t wear it doesn’t mean it needs to be ditched straight away.

Choose well

Slow fashion is all about slowing down the rate at which we buy, which starts with being mindful before you leave the house or open a browser.

Take a journey through the ‘buyerarchy of needs”, asking critical questions before you reach for something new:

Can I wear what I already have?
Can I borrow it or buy it second hand?
Can I make it?

Get involved in Slow Fashion

Revamp Your Wardrobe with a Clothes Swap

A clothes swap is your ticket to revamping your wardrobe, making sustainable choices, and fostering community sharing. It’s an economical way to infuse new life into your outfits while having a blast with friends!

Do a Wardrobe Audit with our step by step guide

Have you ever found yourself staring at a closet bursting with clothes, only to feel like you have absolutely nothing to wear? Streamline your decision-making and unlock your personal style with our step to step guide for auditing your wardrobe.

Photo of Refashion model at the end of the running wearing a bright ensemble created from repurposed material - from last years Refashion show. With text that reads 'Refashion - a fashion show cut differently. 21 March 6pm Lake Wānaka Centre. With Wastebusters logo, QLDC logo and Wastebusters' Slow Fashion Month logo.

REFASHION – A Fashion Show Cut Differently – Wānaka

Join us for the highly anticipated return of Wastebusters’ ReFashion show! Held at the Lake Wānaka Centre we’ll be joined by slow fashion super stars demonstrating the power of choosing well, buying less, shopping second hand first, caring and repairing our clothes.

Anna’s tips to make the most of your second-hand treasures

Anna’s tips to make the most of your second-hand treasures

Colourful queen of reuse Anna has mastered the art of shopping her style. Her wardrobe bursts with vibrant colours, quirky accessories and funky patterns. In this blog, we’ll explore Anna’s style secrets on making the most out of your secondhand treasures.

Style Secrets with Reuse icon Emma

Step into the wonderful world of Emma, the ultimate secondhand fashionista and a Reuse team icon. Picture her behind the counter at Wasties, where she greets customers with an infectious smile, wearing her favourite pair of striped blue dungarees and cosy knit cardi. She’s here to guide you on your secondhand style journey.

Photo of Refashion model at the end of the running wearing a bright ensemble created from repurposed material - from last years Refashion show. With text that reads 'Refashion - a fashion show cut differently. 21 March 6pm Lake Wānaka Centre. With Wastebusters logo, QLDC logo and Wastebusters' Slow Fashion Month logo.

Jessie’s Colourful Creations

Jessie not only buys secondhand clothes but also crafts stunning garments from repurposed materials. Her creations proved popular at last year’s Refashion Show, featuring funky shirts, patterned pants, colourful robes, and effortlessly cool bucket hats, all fashioned from textiles discovered at op shops.

Wastebusters Slow Fashion Month is proudly supported by Queenstown Lakes District Council Zero Waste District Programme.