A needle to the haystack of fast fashion
In celebration of Second Hand September we sat down with one of Koha’s seamstresses Mallory Mason, who has taken a needle to over 100 of our damaged donations, giving them a second chance at being loved. From her Auckland based home, we discuss her fine arts degree, how she first started volunteering her time to Koha and some of her recommendations for lowering our environmental footprint when it comes to clothing consumption.
What made you want to donate your time to Koha?
I first learned about Koha at a camping trip in which a mutual friend had invited Charli to join. Over the weekend I got to hear more about how Koha works, her passion driving it and educating people, I was hooked. The cause and purpose of Koha really hit home for me; clothes are a basic human right for everyone. I believe that everyone should benefit from the functional aspect, as well as getting a chance to experience the joy of figuring out their own style or putting something on that makes them feel fabulous. On top of all those reasons, I have a skill that I don't use enough (sewing) and what better way to practice it than on giving preloved clothes a second chance for people in need.
You see the impact that fast-fashion has, with a large amount of barely-worn donations, some only with minor damage. In your option what’s the best thing we can do to lower our environmental footprint when it comes to our clothing consumption?
There are a few things I would recommend, which you can choose from to best suit your personal circumstances: Take care of your clothing. Follow the recommended care instructions and if something is damaged or stained make an effort to repair or repurpose it before choosing to throw it away or donate. For example, you could dye old stained light colour clothes to black, or shorten a dress into a top. For damaged items, take the time to repair them or get to know a local seamstress/ tailor - not only will your clothes get a face lift but you get to #supportlocal.