Words: Patricia Hou
The Slow Movement is currently gaining more traction against the rapid cyclical nature of the fashion and design industry. The current landscape encourages more consumerism and for retailers to keep up with the latest trends, businesses create mass-produced items, which are low in quality and thus disposable. This is not withstanding the fact that items, especially clothes are being frequently discarded for the sake of ‘trendiness’.
Then comes a concept which focuses on cutting back down on one’s lifestyle with an emphasis to decrease the rate of consumption. This benefits everyone socially and environmentally, as shoppers are supporting the people behind the production process and also being mindful of the land around us. The Slow Made Movement is essentially about understanding the origins, the use and potential re-use of a product. It is also about connecting and satisfaction in a world full of disconnect and discontent due to our constantly moving rhythm.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia highly depends on landfills to dispose of all un-recyclable waste. Between 2001 to 2007, the volume of waste to landfill increased by 12%. This statistic is expected to continually rise in the coming years if we don’t do something about it.
“OK, Patricia!”, you exclaim. “I’ve heard enough! What can I do to help?”
Good question, my friend.
- Support local makers and being aware of a business’ supply chain.
- Re-use (mend, refashion) or recycle.
- Buy handmade products.
- As they say: “To Market, To Market!” (not to buy a fat pig… you know what I mean). Markets are great for finding unique hand-crafted pieces and you will in turn be supporting small businesses like us!
- Don’t throw out your old clothes - donate to your local Vinnies or Salvos.
- Practice SOFT consumption as much as possible: buying sustainable, organic and fair trade. Limit synthetics.
At Provider, we pride ourselves on beautiful, yet ethical items which are made with care and passion. Handmade by artisans, our products are sustainable and made to last.
- Each product has to be made by hand, even if it isn’t created by Tara (our maker/creative) herself.
- Our products are not focused on trends - rather, Provider is concentrated on providing classic and minimalistic additions to your home with a Scandinavian and Japanese twist.
By having an ethical supply chain with sources such as Made in Japan and Fog Linen, Provider is committed to issuing homewares that will heighten your experiences at home.
All of our pillows and tea towels are made of quality natural fibres which include linen, wool, cotton and recycled textiles. We use natural dyes for the Shibori pillows and soy wax for the candles.
Our Indigo collection features products which are timeless in design and function. My personal favourite from the new range is the indigo pillow made from hand-dyed linen from India.