Western Australians will be encouraged to blaze a trail of environmental sustainability by passing on their old items in the nation’s biggest garage sale.
The Garage Sale Trail is heading to Rockingham and Kwinana on October 20 and 21, giving people the opportunity to declutter while creating positive social and environmental change by reusing.
“The Garage Sale Trail is a terrific way of giving second-hand goods a new home,” Rockingham Mayor Barry 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.”
Clothing has been the most popular item sold at the sale, but with “fast fashion” driving the purchase of clothing that is discarded after two or three wears.
It has caused problems in landfills with two thirds of items containing synthetic fibres that will not break down.
27 kilograms of new textiles are bought each year with 23 kilograms sent to landfill.
City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and Mr Sammels have been promoting the event by wearing colourful created blazers made from re-purposed clothing and fabric from ScrapClothFabric designer Julie Paterson.
“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,” Mayor Adams said.
“This is a great event that 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!”
Event Co-Founder Darryl Nichols said the event was a good way to offload unwanted items and picking up a bargain, while helping the environment
“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 the Trail to your local sales this October,” he said.
“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.”
People can get involved by registering at www.garagesaletrail.com.au.