Over 40 students attended a Clothes Swap event last Thursday, which was organised by Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) students who are taking part in the Friends of the Earth ‘My World My Home’ Community Campaigning enrichment programme.
Each year, students on this programme work with Friends of the Earth to decide on an environmental campaign to focus on and organise an event around this. Last year’s students worked on a charter to reduce single use plastic in the college. This year students have focussed their efforts on reducing clothing waste.
According to clothes waste charity, Wrap, the estimated value of unused clothing in wardrobes across the UK is around £30 billion, with an estimated £140 million worth of clothing going into landfill each year. The students who organised the Clothes Swap wanted to do something about this, whist providing students an opportunity to get a new wardrobe for free.
One of the event organisers, RuTC student Hasti Rezvan, said: “I did the swap shop because after discussing this matter, I felt really concerned and felt like I really needed to do something. Fast fashion matters because it is damaging the environment and it is something that not many people are aware of. It’s also really sad to see that in some countries people work long hours with low pay to make our clothes.”
Pictured (from left to right): Clothes Swap organisers, Bibi Lola Lewin-Sanderson, Desislava Gospodinova, Hasti Rezuan, Valenca Dias, Amelia Askew