Fighting the war on waste at Christmas

    With Tulsi, once a child of the streets and now a mentor of the other female garment makers
    With Tulsi, once a child of the streets and now a mentor of the other female garment makers

    Wahroonga charity The Possibility Project – which takes saris from India and turns them into beautiful clothes to sell in Australia, is having a workshop to bring their skills to a wider audience and encourage less throwing out at Christmas, a time of high consumption and waste.

    The November 16 event, in conjunction with Second Hand Studio in Hornsby, includes a talk on the social justice work of the women behind Possibility project Kim Pearce and Kath Davis, and will encourage locals to think about having a pre-loved Christmas or Festive season.

    “We’re asking people to re-think the waste we too often generate at this time of year,” said Kim Pearce, one half of the Possibility Project.

    The Wahroonga mums regularly travel to the slums of Jaipur and work closely with a vocational training centre to create a slow clothing label called slumwear108.

    “Our passion is to demonstrate the beauty and worth in places that most would judge as hopeless” says Kath. “We’ve worked for five years with a charity called I-India who’ve been helping street youths for over 20 years. They’re now engaged in dignified employment and gaining workplace skills through making our products.”

    A vital part of the women’s work is spent educating consumers on the alternatives that exist to fast and disposable fashion. “Slow fashion is relatively expensive because it truly values all the processes that go into making a garment, from the design phase to the sourcing of fabrics, to the payment of a living wage and honouring practises that promote environmental justice.

    “Our workshop is the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts that share the love with both people and planet. We want to show that the war on waste can be uplifting and fun and we can fall back in love with the festive season.” The two hour event from 7 to 9pm is free. Register through Eventbrite.

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