Sustainability consultant and Agricultural scientist – if a Bachelor of Science conveys scientist status – Jane Milburn condemns Australians’ clothing buying habits:

“There’s been a transformational shift in the way we source, use and discard our clothing which has major social and environmental implications. 

“Fast fashion produced from global supply chains is driving excessive purchasing of affordable new clothing often discarded after a few wears.”

While textiles made of natural fibres are biodegradable, the majority of ‘fast fashion’ textiles are made of synthetic fibres.

Ms Milburn said these fibres had been shown to shed thousands of micro plastic particles when washed or disposed of in landfill.

“These manmade fibres are effectively plastic clothes that don’t decay readily when they are sent off to landfill and they’re shedding micro plastic particles along the way,” she said.

“There is a huge environmental consequence of our clothes that we are only just starting to come to grips with.”

Donating used clothing is actually counterproductive:

“Only about 15 per cent of donated clothing is actually sold again locally in opportunity shops.

“The remaining clothes are used as industrial rags, sent to landfill, and around half of all donated clothes are sent to developing nations.”

Ms Milburn said while she believed developing nations did benefit from these donations, it could also be seen as a way of exporting Australia’s waste elsewhere.

“Scientist” Milburn ignores the well known adverse consequences of cotton production – Google Aral Sea – and wool because it suits her “natural”is better lefty agenda.

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