The fashion industry is highly globalised, with garments effectively travelling many times around the world in before being purchased.
While fashion production contributes to the economies of many countries, it also has a high carbon footprint as a result.
An alternative approach can be purchasing goods manufactured locally from local materials, however this is often difficult in countries such as Australia where manufacturing has been on the decline for decades.
In her book Design Journeys, researcher Kate Fletcher explores designing lighter weight goods as one approach to reducing freight. Reducing packaging throughout the process can also have a significant positive impact.
How far do your garments travel?
Are the freighted by air or sea?
How are they packaged?
Can the garment be designed to weigh less?
Can the garment be locally made, from local materials?