Kristy Lorson from EarthSavvy tells us how she applies the 6R's to fashion!!... and other cool Zero Waste stuff in our 5 minute interview


We love the passion that Kristy Lorson from ‘EarthSavvy’ has for living a Zero Waste' lifestyle.  Kristy and her family live a "damn close" Zero Waste life and through her amazingly informative website and through the Facebook group ‘Zero Waste in NZ!’ (managed by EarthSavvy) she is on a mission to inspire others to follow her lead. 

We wanted to find out how Kristy applied zero waste to her wardrobe……!!


Q.     The last four years you have been living an inspiring zero waste lifestyle (clapping.!!!…) and we love that you have put together a 'Zero Waste Survival Kit' .  If you were to put together a 'Zero Waste Clothing Survival Kit' what would be in it? 

Kristy.  Seeing as it's wintertime, I'm thinking cosy fashion at the moment...

A pair of boots that are designed to last the distance.  I've had my cherry docs for 20 years!

A quality pair of merino leggings.

Statement tee printed with a witty zero waste meme - let your clothes do the talking!

Warm woollen cardi/wrap (either secondhand or an ethical brand - I love my wrap from Untouched World)

Ethical undies (I'm a fan of both Thunderpants and Etiko)

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Q.     Based on the 6 R's (refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, rot) can you list next to each of these R's what type of clothing you align with each R? 


Refuse - fast fashion!

Reduce - fashion over consumption.

Reuse - socks as hair ties (cut them up!)

Repair - holes (sew them up) and stains (cover with badges/embroidery or dye the garment)

Recycle - old clothes through your local textile recycling / resource centre

Rot - if it's not able to be reused, repaired or recycled, hopefully, you're able to compost as much clothing as possible (try to opt for natural fabrics!)


Q.     What is your favourite place(s) to shop for clothing if you do need to buy something for you, Davian or Savana?

Kristy. This is probably the point where I should admit that clothes shopping is not one of my favourite things to do 🙈...and I find it even more challenging now that I'm aware of the environmental impact of the fashion industry!  When I do go shopping, I try to opt for secondhand shops (such as the Recycle Boutique), but I find it difficult to source secondhand garments that are made with natural fabrics.  I do like ‘Good Thing’ in Mt Albert - it's a pretty awesome little store, stocking ethical clothing brands such as Kowtow and sustainable sunglasses brands (I love my Proof sunnies - made from a recycled skateboard deck!).  Davian does his own clothes shopping and tries to source stuff secondhand and I get all of Savvy's clothes secondhand on TradeMe (and ask sellers to send them in plastic-free packaging!).


Q.     Top tips for caring for your clothes?

Kristy. Avoid over-washing.  Wear an apron when cooking.  Deal with stains straight away.  Keep your clothes away from velcro! (awful stuff!)


Q.     Your ‘Zero Waste in NZ!’ Facebook group is a fab place to discuss queries of zero waste and a perfect platform to float ideas.  What, if any, conversations have come up regarding zero waste and fashion that you are happy to share with us?

Kristy. Someone recently posted a video in ‘Zero Waste in NZ!’ profiling this fabulous artist/fashion designer called Debra Rapoport.  Debra is 73 years old - she calls herself 'Debra Debris' and makes amazing wearable art with trash that she finds around New York City.  In an ideal world, there wouldn't be any rubbish to rescue, but I love the idea of salvaging waste and turning it into something you can wear.


Q.     Where can we next find you chatting about Zero Waste if we wanted to come and do one of your Workshops?

Kristy. My next  workshop is called Trash Talk: An Intro to Zero Waste at the Gus Fisher Gallery and will be held on Saturday, July 27.  Might see you there! 


Find out more about Kristy and let her inspire you to start with one small change towards a zero waste lifestyle!!

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