Free Diver, INSTAGRAM @iamjuliawheeler
What does sustainability mean in the context of fashion?
It means not having too many pieces of clothing, having a small wardrobe not being excessive with purchases and looking for where the products been made, that’s really important. Keeping things to the minimum. My entire life fits in two boxes, so I don’t really know what being excessive in fashion really has been. I think its nice to have one or two nice things that you love, a couple of pairs of shoes. You don’t need much more than that I don’t think.
Australians are the largest consumers of new clothing per capita (behind the U.S.), how does that stat make you feel and what advice would you give around re-thinking how we buy our clothes?
I’ve never been big on purchasing excessive amounts of clothing for my entire life. I think its nice to have one or two nice items that you love to have a balanced wardrobe so you can mix and match things but not excessive in what you purchase. So that fact that Australia is second behind the US, I think it’s a bit extreme and a little bit disappointing. I think it would be great if we could cut that down, especially if people could (start to) have a look where all this fashion comes from and who’s making it. It would be great if Australians could ask where their clothes are coming from and maybe reducing and cutting down a little bit. I think Australians are quite excessive and we don’t need to be at all.
Do you have a love story in Wardrobe? If so, what is it?
These are my shoes, they are my Free Diving fins. I only own two pairs of shoes, I own a pair of flip flops, a pair of converse and I own about three pairs of Free Diving fins. This is my love story, I love my free diving fins, they take me to the depths of the ocean, they take me on the most amazing exploration journeys. They’ve been around the world with me, Tahiti, all around the South Pacific Oceans and South America. I love them, they are a little piece of me because they take me to the places that I love to explore.
DID YOU KNOW?
The production and use (washing and drying) of clothing creates 850mt of carbon dioxide per year - 3% of global emissions and almost 50% more than Australia's national emissions
(source: The Carbon Trust, https://www.carbontrust.com/media/38358/ctc793-international-carbon-flows-clothing.pdf)