Costa Georgiadis

host of gardening australia, environmental educator

Do you have a love story in your wardrobe?

For me, my wardrobe tells me about my travels which connects me to the people and connects me to a real time line of my life. So I tend to think of each and every detail as holding something specific. There is, for example, some really special shirts that I got when I was up in Arneham land. I like to wear those because it is a really subtle way of carrying that history and those people and the whole culture of that experience with me but broadcasts it in a subtle way.

Question: What’s one tip you live by to extend the life of your clothes?

As a clothing manager my track record is probably fairly ordinary. I recently had a nice white shirt and I was given a nice print fabric which I didn’t pre-wash. So the white shirt is now this wonderful tone of green! Which someone complimented me on! So, my trick would be if the shirt is new and generally white or brightly [coloured, I’ll just soak it in some water on its own. I’ve had too many disasters to speak of here – my trick would be that!

Someone else told me, and I don’t know if this is crossing the line, but they hang their shirts inside out on the line. So if they are on the line for multiple days – which sometimes mine are -  the sun doesn’t hammer them too much.  

Question: What’s your rule when buying clothes for yourself?

For a long time I never really bought many clothes because I receive a lot – people give me hand me downs. There was a stage that even my god-kids give me their clothes – but now they are too big, so I can’t use those anymore!

I never used to buy that much, and then in my travels I get given lots of t-shirts and lots of clothes from events, from places and from groups, from this community garden or from this farm, from this function or this festival. I love that because it is really fixed in space and time and I only need to wear it to wear the memories. I don’t think we have much more than memories – the physical things are more of a cue to what sits in the heart.  

The environmental pollution of conventional cotton is so high that Consulting firm McKinsey has estimated that if all the pollution from cotton was factored into its price, the price would rise by about 500%!
— Innovation Forum, 2016