Kenna Gottschalk, Staff Writer
“I want that but I’m broke,” said just about every college student ever.
Whether it’s ice cream, a movie, concerts or shopping, money can be a very real struggle when you are in college. Another very real struggle that everyone is currently experiencing, is the destruction of our environment. Overconsumption is one of the actions that is causing this destruction.
“It’s an effort to keep clothes out of the landfill and to reduce buying fast fashion,” says Madison Halbrooks, an active member in the Sustainability office at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
The Fall Clothing Swap is an event put on by UMSL’s Sustainability office that allows students to bring in unwanted or unused washed clothes, and swap with others who have donated clothes as well. You can also just shop, bringing in your own donations isn’t necessary to participate. The event started a couple of years ago and has been carried on to this current semester. Halbrooks says that they will have a swap every month, making it an easy, convenient and free way to keep your closet updated. The event will take place in the Quarter’s lounge, on the first floor of the Millennium Student Center, which was a way for the Sustainability office to make sure that students know about it.
“Clothes are being thrown into the landfill, and this is our way of not supporting that, but supporting each other as a community,” Halbrooks mentions.
Halbrooks was also very happy with the turnout and credits the location to part of why so many showed up.
Some goals that Halbrooks has for future events is to re-incorporate personalizing the clothes, which is something they did last year that turned out to be a big hit. Students were able to cut, crop and style the clothes in any way they want. Halbrooks hopes to bring this back next month at the October swap.She also hopes to have tie-dying available soon.
Another goal was to have more scrubs and dress clothes donated in order for students to avoid spending money on interview clothes, which can be an expensive purchase. This could also help nursing students, such as Eva Blaylock.
“I was happy I found some scrubs because I’m in the nursing program and now that’s just one less thing I have to go do,” Blaylock says.
She heard about the event on a calendar at the campus residence building Oak Hall. Blaylock also brought items to donate as well, some of which she said was hard to let go of but was ultimately an easy decision.
Halbrooks discussed the purpose of the swap, “We want to normalize wearing used clothes because it isn’t gross, all clothes are washed…” and this is helping something much greater than us, creating a sustainable environment.