Clothing swap saves money, environment
January 28, 2019
Written by Leo Aul, Communications Intern
The King’s University College Students’ Council (KUCSC) and the Social Justice and Peace Club (SJP Club) will be hosting the “Save Through Sustainability Clothing Swap” on Jan. 29, 2019 at the Garron Learning Lounge in the Student Life Centre between 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The clothing swap will allow students to bring gently-used clothing to exchange with clothes brought by other students.
Elise Geschire, fourth-year King’s student in Sociology and Public History, and Environmental Commissioner of the KUCSC, says “The Clothing Swap is about demonstrating an alternative to fast fashion, as the fashion industry can be quite detrimental to the environment.”
The KUCSC Environmental Commissioners and the SJP Club decided to host the clothing swap because “both groups are interested in promoting sustainable lifestyle habits, such as giving clothing its longest life,” says Geschire.
The clothing swap will accept gently-used clothing, including shirts, pants, sweaters, etc. The clothing swap will not include the swap of undergarments. All remaining clothes not swapped will be donated to London’s Salvation Army.
“This event will help students at King's feel like they are part of a larger effort to live sustainably. The ‘Save Through Sustainability’ event has a two-fold inspiration: to help save money while also saving the environment. The event will also have extra benefits for the London community at large as we will be donating all of the leftover clothing items to a local charity,” Geschire says.
The KUCSC oversees elements that enhance the King’s student life experience including over 20 unique King's clubs, King's Ball, Fall Carnival, Grad Ball, the Speaker Series, etc. The SJP Club is part of the KUCSC and encourages students to learn about social justice issues.