For our fourth-year project, the Environmental and Sustainability Studies department is hosting a clothing swap. In a recent study, it was found that a family in the western world throws away an average of 30 kg of clothing each year. Of this, only 15% is recycled or donated, and the rest goes directly to landfills or is incinerated. The production of clothing results in a significant depletion of resources due to the continuous consumption of water, minerals, and fossil fuels. Furthermore, clothes are something we all need and want, but sustainable purchasing can be expensive. Our goal is to offer a low-cost alternative to this dilemma while keeping clothes out of landfills and giving them at least one more life. So, to take a step in the right direction, we invite Acadia students and faculty to join us in a clothing swap. We will be collecting clothes Monday, November 5th, 2018 from 11:30am-12:30pm outside of the Vaughan Memorial Library in the BAC. For every one item donated you get a token to “purchase” an item at the clothing swap in the Michener Lounge on November 6th from 3pm to 6pm. We hope to see you all there!
Caroline O’Connor is a fourth-year Environmental and Sustainability Studies student at Acadia University