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How Melbourne Fashion Week is tackling sustainability this year

Image via @bulclothing/Instagram
Words by Maeve Kerr-Crowley

Including a Town Hall runway.

Melbourne Fashion Week has consistently stayed hot on the heels of the sustainability movement, and this year is no different.

Last year, the event was certified carbon neutral, which will carry over into 2019. You also have the option to carbon offset any ticket purchases at the checkout.

The event will also operate in support of environmental projects including reforestation efforts in NSW and improved land management in Indigenous communities in the Kimberley.

On top of all that, Town Hall and its forecourt will run on entirely renewable energy, plastic straws have been banned, and gift bags will be made from recycled materials.

When it comes to the actual runways, MFW is actively championing designers with a focus on sustainability.

In fact, Runway 6 – one of the major Town Hall presentations – will be made up of only slow fashion designers and labels.

As well as some of the city’s favourites like Kuwaii, búl and Elk, expect to see knitted and woven pieces from Chloe Mottau, rebellious designs from Vovo, made-to-order concepts from Kalaurie and more.

Tickets for Runway 6 are still available online.

Town Hall Runway 6
90-130 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday September 4, 8:30pm – 9pm

mfw.melbourne.vic.gov.au

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