USW is partnering with the Love Your Clothes campaign to help raise awareness of the amount of clothes that are discarded every year.
The campaign also aims to encourage students and staff to think about donating clothes they no longer wear, revamp and ‘upcycle’ their clothes and shop for pre-loved instead of buying new. Love Your Clothes will also be the focus for Employability Week for FCI students.
Developed in 2014, Love Your Clothes supports the existing Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), which brings together UK clothing retailers, brands, suppliers, local authorities, recyclers, charities, trade bodies, academics and public sector bodies, to help reduce the carbon, water and waste impacts linked to clothing. USW is a supporter of SCAP.
Students and staff are encouraged to take part in the One Tonne Challenge, which aims to collect one tonne of unwanted clothes, donated by USW, in aid of Tŷ Hafan. Collection bins are available across all campuses to donate your clothes, located at:
- Cardiff: Library, The Street, Fashion hub (4th floor)
- Treforest: Library, accommodation office, Brecon Block entrance, Students’ Union
- Newport: Library
- Glyntaff: Library (lower Glyntaff), Alfred Russel Wallace building (Lounge area, ground floor)
Free lunchtime workshops will also be on offer for students and staff to learn how to revive and revamp clothes they no longer wear with simple design, alteration and customisation advice and inspiration from Love Your Clothes experts. These will take place from 23-26 January on all campuses (Exact locations and dates TBC).
Style Swipe pop-up: On Friday 26 January (11am-4pm) in the Atrium, some of the donated clothes will be available to purchase (similar to a Swap Shop model) for a donation to Tŷ Hafan. The re-designed items will also be available to purchase.
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