As the nation observes Recycling Week, a simple message resonates: what goes around comes around, encouraging community members to be more active in recycling and to keep valuable resources circulating.

On average, each Australian buys 56 items of clothing annually and sends 23kg of clothing to landfill, according to Clean Up Australia.

Owner of Sustainable Clothing Co, Laura Vogt encourages the transition to thrift and says thinking about the start of a garments life and where it ends up is vital.

So, what do terms like recycling, upcycling, repurposing and pre-loved mean when building sustainability in the fashion space?

Image: Unsplash: Priscilla-Du-Preez

Produced By: Emma Wotzke

Featured In Story: Laura Vogt – Owner of Sustainable Clothing Co, Danielle Panfilo- retail assistant at Sustainable Clothing Co and honours graduate of ecology and evolutionary biology , and

First aired on The Wire, Thursday 16 November 2023