Fashion is an incredibly influential platform.
We all need to wear clothes, we all want to look good but thankfully now doing good is on our minds too. Hidden within the stitches of its chic ensembles, is the power for fashion to be of huge purpose and heart.
The luxury houses and current runway shows seem to evoke this sentiment as well, with this months British Vogue coining the phrase haute heirloom – turning heads to handed down, made with love, embellished and vintage as the must have items.
A mass produced planet is searching for a story with their style.
Sustainability is no longer just a sexy buzzword.
Want a slice of the action?
Well there are many ways you can be more mindful with your fashion, however may I suggest to kick you off by donating to those less fortunate.
As an eco stylist for Salvos Stores, I see first hand the promise these donations bring.
Firstly you help mother nature by reducing what ends up in landfill.
Secondly, you give a hand up to struggling families and individuals who are down on their luck. Donated furniture, used clothing and goods are distributed free of charge to those in need via the The Salvation Armys Network of community centres.
So every time you op shop you are helping to raise vital funds, allowing the Salvos to keep on keeping on. Salvos Stores retail portals provide meaningful work and skill building for people recovering from plights such as addiction, abuse and homelessness. It helps them get their confidence and life back on track.
The sartorial bonus for you, is that you’ll find great quality one of a kind fashion and home wares for a great price.
I firmly believe that you can easily look a million bucks for under $100…
(But that’s another story!)
I ask you to remember though, that these donations are not free for the Salvos. It costs them millions of dollars a year to process what cannot be sold and it’s only around 15% that can be!
So here’s how to do it right:
Only donate what you would still wear/use or would give to a friend.
If they are easy to transport yourself, bring your donations to your local Salvos Store during trading hours, the staff are always happy to receive nice pieces
For larger donations you can book online and have a driver come and pick it up. Click here for more details. If you’d like to make a financial donation you can do that online too
Your other option for larger scale donations is to ring 13Salvos (137258) for a free pick up
If you are unsure about the items you’d like to donate please give the Salvos a call to discuss or pop into your local store, they will be happy to help. Due to government regulations there are items that have to be rejected at times.
To show you just how #EcoChic your donated clothes can be, here’s some of the looks I’ve created with Salvos Stores finds.
All hail a donation Nation!