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19 September 2018
Mayor Carol Adams from the City of Kwinana and Mayor Barry Sammels from the City of Rockingham are updating their attire all in the name of a good cause. This October the Cities of Kwinana and Rockingham will participate in the nation's biggest garage sale on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October.
The colourful creations Mayor Adams and Mayor Sammels are wearing have been made from re-purposed clothing and fabric from designer Julie Paterson of ScrapClothFabric. Clothing is the most popular item sold during the Garage Sale Trail. Fast fashion is driving the purchase of clothing that is often discarded after two or three wears causing considerable problems in landfills. Two-thirds of the items sent to landfill are manmade synthetic fibres that won't break down. Australians buy 27kgs of new textiles per capita each year and discard 23kgs to landfill.
Mayor Adams said "We are wearing these fantastic blazers today to encourage everyone in Kwinana and Rockingham to become a reuse Trail Blazer with us when the Garage Sale Trail comes to town on October 20 and 21."
"This is a great event that not only encourages reuse but creates a positive social and environmental change in communities across Australia. It's an idea that's good for the planet and good for the community too!"
"If you love the jackets worn by Mayor Adams and Mayor Sammels, we know you'll be able to find something just as incredible if you hit the Trail to your local sales this October" said Darryl Nichols, Co-Founder, Garage Sale Trail.
"We also want to see everyone selling all those old clothes and giving them a new life so they don't end up in landfill" said Nichols.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Garage Sale Trail was a unique event that provided residents with a fun way to de-clutter and uncover some amazing bargains.
"The Garage Sale Trail is a terrific way of giving second-hand goods a new home," Mayor Sammels said.
"Passing on items we don't need is a fantastic form of sustainability and helps reduce waste that would otherwise end up in landfill.
"Both the Cities of Rockingham and Kwinana are committed to promoting the reuse message and we encourage residents to get involved in the Garage Sail Trail this year."
Anyone in the community can get involved if they have clothing or other items to sell by hosting a sale or shopping the Trail. Registration is now open and free to sign up at Garage Sale Trail.