Amy and Hannah, two students who are in Form 2 and are members in our Senior School EkoSkola Outreach Committee presented a very interesting subject during morning assembly on the 16th January 2020. They discussed themes in connection with the donation and purchase of second hand clothing. This is often a taboo subject and not looked upon favourable by people in general. The students suggested that the way to keep clothing out of landfills and dumps is to re-purpose and re-use as much as possible. They informed their colleagues that a staggering 430,000 (four hundred and thirty thousand) tonnes of clothing are thrown away. Meanwhile, the number of new clothes is rising as 1.13 million tonnes annually.
Amy and Hannah concluded by suggesting a “mindset change” whereby clothes could be passed on to second hand shops and buyers could refashion and reuse their purchase. This can be done by sewing trims to clothing items to add a personal touch and to give life again to clothing that is no longer needed by the previous owner. They also advocated in favour of hand me downs and passing clothes we no longer need to friends and family. They sourced their information from an article written by Paula Cocozza in The Guardian of 19th February 2019. The full article is an interesting read and can be accessed on the following link.