Thinking Big and Swapping Clothes
With the pressing issues of climate change and waste management at the forefront of our minds in today’s society, Year 6 girls were inspired to make a big difference by making a small swap. A ‘clothes swap’ to be precise!
As part of their topic ‘Thinking Big’, guest speaker Hannah Carter from Love Not Landfill recently visited the girls to talk about the ‘fast-fashion’ industry and the importance of people changing their clothes shopping habits. Pupils were stunned to hear the shocking statistic that 11 million items of clothes end up in landfill every year in the UK.
Armed with this knowledge, the class was inspired to make a difference and decided to host a ‘clothes swap’ for Junior Girls. Fellow pupils and members of staff were encouraged to bring in any items of unwanted clothing so they may be swapped and find a new home. An overwhelming response saw the pupils receive over 500 items of clothing for the swap and teaming up with Cancer Research in Maidenhead, ensured that any leftover clothes would not go to waste.
Hannah Carter from Love Not Landfill, praised the girls efforts:
“It is great that the Year 6 girls have taken the initiative and spread the word about how ‘fast-fashion’ is affecting the environment through the ‘clothes swap’. It was a really efficient and happy event and hopefully lots of students went home with new clothes that they love.”