The collection of sustainable fashion addresses my relationship to the changing environments through which I travel to work and live, such as water rich Finnish Lapland and the hot and dry South Australia. Water sustains life, yet my water consumption in these two contrasting environments differ significantly. In Lapland I open the tap to enjoy rather pure and quality water. In South Australia I have to rely on packaged water for drinking, resulting in unused waste, such as foils and plastics.
The collection thus draws awareness to the questions of the unsustainable use of water pertinent to the Murray River, the main water source in South Australia. It also draws awareness to the waste of one our most precious resources, which I have witnessed around the world including the Arctic. Foils, plastics and reused industrial felt used in gardening and building are the materials that inspired the collection. The felt was found at a garbage dump in South Australia and the foils and plastics were collected from my own household waste caused by drinking water over three months.
By Melanie Sarantou