April 30, 2023

Salvage Culture – We’re ready to rejoin the global effort:)

Salvage Culture reboots

In 2020 we launched our Salvage Culture Project as our Plastic Free July action that year.
Our town was done with plastic bags and straws.  We wanted to turn our mind to the next major plastic polluter and get started with the work that needs to be done – textiles.  Modern textiles are on average, 60% plastic.  Every time we wash textiles with plastic components and the rinse water goes down a drain micro plastics are shed into the planets waterways.
Sasha Mainsbridge – founder Mullum Cares
Covid shut down our Make & Mend Textile Sessions and then when we were regrouping and preparing to restart in early 2022 our local government gave our building away.


The global fashion industry generates somewhere between 4-10% of total global emissions – depending on who you believe – and according to the movie we watched at the Bangalow Film Festival, Fashion Reimagined, the industry is set to grow by 63% by 2030.   Efforts of course are being made to inspire and compel the companies involved to reduce their emissions but WRAP – an impressive climate change activist organisation in the UK – has already reported that reductions are being swamped by the sheer unrelenting increase in volume of garments being produced and sold each year.


#buybetter #care #repair #repurpose

85% of items donated to op shops don’t get sold by them.  We see this glut of waste materials as an opportunity.   We have ideas involving shredding synethetic waste textiles to use as stuffing.  We know there is great demand for rag bags using cotton textiles. We want to open a Repair Cafe that has a particular focus on textile conservation.  We are looking for somewhere to bring these ideas to life:)

We recently visited SWOP in Brisbane and love the concept of high end second hand clothing stores that sell on consignment – BUT we DEPLORE the behaviour of a greedy few who scour op shops to find quality items cheap purely for the purpose of taking them to shops like SWOP to make a profit.  Not cool.

For truly ethical fashion,  we take our inspiration from Patagonia and are inspired by the efforts of other local labels including Spell and Arnhem.  We almost fell over when we came across Love Your Clothes, a UK campaign that is pretty much everything we wish we could have conjured up for our community.  Click through their logo’s below to see what we’re talking about!