It is a Sunday morning in a vivid, ethereal house at a Canberra resort and dozens of girls are rifling by means of clothes racks and selecting their favorite items.
The clothes, skirts, tops and jackets are all good high quality and all pre-cherished.
And the girls — some op store veterans, some novices — are all warriors in the warfare towards fast fashion.
Fast fashion is the time period that describes the fast turnover of fashionable, cheaply made clothes that usually results in landfill.
"The explanation we do these garments swaps shouldn't be solely to have enjoyable and tszuj up our wardrobes," mentioned Nina Gbor, eco-stylist and occasion organiser.
"It is mainly to scale back clothes waste."
Exploring the potential of second-hand garments
Ms Gbor holds garments swap and type workshops a number of occasions a 12 months, motivated by her perception in sustainability and love of fashion.
"Rather a lot of garments are made cheaply ... of artificial materials which don't decompose," she mentioned.
"The fashion trade is the second most polluting trade after oil and gasoline and persons are not conscious of that.
"An occasion like this spreads consciousness."
Contributors pay a small payment to attend and deliver as much as 10 gadgets of clothes and equipment so as to add to the swap pool.
After choosing out and making an attempt on gadgets, they take residence the ones they like.
At the finish of the swap, unchosen gadgets will be retrieved by their homeowners or left behind to be donated to charity.
Ms Gbor additionally demonstrates easy methods to repurpose op store garments and easy methods to put on the similar items throughout totally different seasons, comparable to by including thermals.
"Folks do not realise the potential of an outfit."
Campaigning for higher circumstances for textile employees
The garments swap occasions additionally focus consideration on the plight of exploited textile employees round the world.
Abbie Waine is the co-convenor of the Australian Nationwide College collective SWEATS — College students Eager to Remove All Textile Sweatshops.
In addition to campaigning for higher wages and manufacturing unit circumstances, the collective teaches hands-on abilities.
"We do knitting ... display screen printing [and] tie dying, that kind of factor," Ms Waine mentioned.
"We ... encourage folks to realize an appreciation of how their garments are made so that they're extra aware of that once they're interested by shopping for garments."
One other garments swap participant, Dee Hogan, managed a Vinnies retailer for greater than three many years.
She's involved about the influence of fast fashion on not-for-revenue organisations.
"It is only a disgrace as a result of if the merchandise is made with such low-cost materials then it is actually not serviceable for use as second-hand," Ms Hogan mentioned.
"It is out of form and would not final.
"You possibly can undoubtedly inform if one thing is a top quality piece that is made with good materials — that is worthwhile recycling and reusing, and it saves landfill."
Handing down advantages of moral fashion
Garmisch Riley attended the garments swap along with her mom Jeannie and child daughter Iris, who was wearing a second-hand onesie from a earlier swap occasion.
"I used to be pregnant with Iris after I got here to the first one and I used to be stunned at simply how a lot selection of garments there was, together with maternity put on and breastfeeding-pleasant garments.
"And I assumed, 'That is excellent'.
"That is the future that [our children] are going to have and it is quite a bit higher if we ... put on garments which might be already obtainable."
To seek out out extra about the workshops, examine the clothesswapstylecanberra Facebook page.