Swapping clothes for sustainability
The Western Front
March 5, 2016
Instead of throwing away pants that will never be wore again, or holding on to a shirt sitting in the closet, Western students decided to donate their old clothes in exchange for others.
Created by eight Western students, the Western Clothing Swap allowed students and Bellingham residents alike to browse through a unique collection of apparel, all brought in by participants of the event.
Held March 1 in the Viking Union, the swap welcomed those coming in with boxes full of outfits, as well as people with only a single article of clothing. No one left empty-handed.
The students — Holly Knutson, Molly Johnson, Edwin Smith, Hyelim Won, Jake Regge, Jessica Martin, Amanuel Mamo and Amy Yasutake — worked together to create the event as part of an environmental studies course, according to the Facebook event.
They designed it as their final project for the class, deciding it would be a good way for students to exchange clothes they might not personally like, but somebody else would, Knutson said.
“We wanted to do an event where the community can get involved,” Johnson said.
Knutson said she remembers getting hand-me-downs from her parents and always wanted to turn the concept into a larger project… Full Article