Campus club encourages students to reuse clothing

TRUSU Eco Club holds second annual clothing swap to combat unnecessary waste

Going green never goes out of style! Recycled clothing can go a long way, especially during winter and help those less fortunate. (FILE PHOTO)

Do you have a few articles of clothing sitting in your closet collecting dust? Are you looking to update your wardrobe with a few new pieces just in time for the chilly change of seasons? The TRUSU Eco Club is holding their second annual Clothing Swap for the TRU community.

Not only is this annual event conscious of the often lighter wallets of students around this season but also plays a role in eliminating the mountains of waste that travel to the landfill each year.

TRUSU Eco Club member Hanna Martens, who is helping make this year’s event a reality, expressed concern for this society’s inclination for fast fashion.

“We have a problem in our world with lots and lots of clothing and fast-fashion that ends up in the landfill,” Martens said.

Fast-fashion is the kind of cost-effective, often on-trend styles that are not likely to last longer than a season. These styles are also not made to last, thus ending up in the trash, destined to a life buried in a landfill.

“We used to make things that would last but now new styles come out all the time and we’re trying to quickly buy new clothing to keep up with that,” said Martens on fast-fashion in today’s society. “The clothes that are made now are not meant to last either.”

This is where the Eco Club comes into play with the second annual Clothing Swap. By donating clothing, the clothing swap is hoping to encourage students to reuse first before tossing in the trash before it’s time.

TRU students and faculty members are invited to take or leave lightly used clothing freely from the swap. All articles of clothing donated should be lightly worn and clean, being mindful of the new owner.

This year’s clothing swap is 100 per cent free for the TRU community, with the hopes of encouraging more people to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle and reuse instead of waste.

All clothing that remains after the swap will not reach any trash bins nearby but instead travel to the local Thrift City for further donation.

Thrift City is a local community treasure that has worked hard to support some of the most vulnerable community members in Kamloops. As a branch of the New Life Community, Thrift City operates as a crucial touch point for those entering back into society and the workforce after rehabilitation. Purchases made at Thrift City go right back into their Outreach and Rehabilitation Centre programs.

While this is their second clothing swap, Martens hopes that hosting the event mid-day gives students a greater opportunity to participate between classes while on campus instead of an evening event like last year.

Martens expressed great optimism for the outcome of this event and future events to come, stating that she has seen high success rates come from other universities.

“I think a university setting really lends itself to this, because of all the people moving through the university during the day,” said Martens.

The TRUSU Eco Club is has been working to open the eyes of students to easy steps towards living a more sustainable lifestyle, with the Clothing Swap being one of their more interactive events.

The TRUSU Eco Club hopes to continue this event each year. Martens expressed gratitude towards all the support they have gotten not only this year but last year as well.

Stop by the TRUSU Lecture Hall on Nov. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m to pick up a few new pieces to add to your wardrobe or leave something for someone else to fall in love with.

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