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Laura WELLS

biologist, environmentalist, activist, model

Do you have a love story in your wardrobe?

I have lots of things in my wardrobe! But I think my love story in my wardrobe would be the fact that I have learnt to only buy quality pieces now. When I was younger I used to be a little bit frivolous and purchase whatever I could afford or things that I didn’t really need. Now that I’ve got older and wiser I think that I make really quality decisions and really want to understand where my clothes come from and things that I am only going to wear. So for me, its definitely a love story with how much I have learnt and what’s actually in there now.

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

Learn how to sew! Go back old school and teach yourself a new trade. I’ve mended so many different things or patches them up so many cool little funky patches because they are good and even if they have a little tear in them, I can still wear them. I like to keep a hold of the things that I really enjoy wearing and if I can fix them my selfI am a little part of my clothing and that it is nice to know that I am wearing something that I helped create.

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

I try to understand where it has come from.  I used to buy thing that I didn’t really think about or care about and know there is so much education out there to help us understand where things have come from and who has made our clothes. I think it is important to really put your heart and soul to what you purchase -really understanding where it came from, who made it and how it was made , its environmental impact. To me they are all really important things that we should be considering instead of just how cheap it is. For me, the rule that I really stand by when I purchase things is looking at its footprint, where it has come from and where it will go in the future.

 

Of the top 71 brands in the UK, including many apparel companies, 77% thing that think there is a likelihood of modern slavery occurring in their supply chains . What is the likelihood of similar findings in Australian supply chains?
— Hult International Business School and The Ethical Trading Initiative 2016