According to the ABC, 305,000 tonnes of textiles were discarded in NSW in 2020, with only 800 tonnes recycled. It’s a staggering, if not overwhelming, number.
It is disappointing that 240,000 tonnes went to landfill, with the remaining 62,000 tonnes sent by charities for reuse overseas, and according to the Australasian Circular Textile Association, the number of kilograms per person per capita of textile consumption is going up each year.
There is a way to help prevent this and that’s by contributing to the circular economy, either by donating/selling pre-loved clothing and goods, or purchasing pre-loved items instead of cheap, disposable items that never really last longer than one or two seasons.
The Happy Hens – the social enterprise that operates the Henley Community Garden – is all about recycling, reusing and the circular economy and has taken over the running of the Fancy Flea Market – an initiative started by Hunters Hill Council earlier this year.
Taking place Saturday, November 20th from 7:30 am til 1:00 pm at the Henley Community Centre, the outdoor, Covid-safe market will run in support of the local charity, Sydney Community Services.
Sydney Community Services is a local not-for-profit organisation that helps seniors, people with a disability and their carers live independently in their own homes and in their community.
Market lovers will get a full morning’s worth of treats: a fancy brekkie bbq, live jazz, a plant sale and more, plus all the fun of the market itself. You can also come and see what the community garden is all about if you haven’t done so before.
Call Out For Stallholders
The Fancy Flea Market is on the lookout for stallholders.
More than 30 stallholder spots are available, so register now. Stallholder fees are being waived in lieu of a donation to Sydney Community Services.
If you would like to run your own stall selling pre-loved togs and clogs, go here: https://forms.gle/yZJSehBZifkD18nd6
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