The Montclair State University Fashion Club looks to the future by creating an eco-friendly environment.
On Wednesday, April 13, the fashion club held its own Swap Meet event. Students were encouraged to bring old clothes to exchange for new items and accessories. Recycling clothes creates a new home for old ones and stays away from the donation process which often harms the environment in the end.
Brian Luna, a fashion graduate student, took the helm of the Swap Meet as president of the fashion club.
“Our initiative here today is just to get rid of everything,” Luna said. “We just don’t want to donate it because it ends up going to landfill. We want to repatriate all the clothes so that we don’t have to go through that. »
This swap and shop system helps students upgrade their wardrobes for the coming seasons. With the weather changing rapidly, students are often caught giving away their old clothes before finding new staple pieces.
Sophomore visual arts student Catie Knecht loves how convenient it is to update your wardrobe right on campus.
“I was going through my summer clothes today and realized half of them didn’t fit me anymore,” Knecht said. “I thought it would be a good idea to come here and see if there were any clothes.”
Knecht also thinks donating her clothes is a great way to help other students on campus, too.
“I have a bunch of cute clothes that I’d rather see someone else wear than [have] they stay in my closet for the next 10 years,” Knecht said.
Students find this event to be similar to the shopping experience at their nearest thrift store. Caroline Atahualpa, a humanities and human development major, sees the Swap Meet as a way to help experiment with fashion without the harmful effects on the environment or your wallet.
“I think it’s good because you can exchange your old clothes for new clothes, [and] I really like savings,” said Atahualpa. “I’m really trying to get into fashion but right now I’m saving money so that was the best thing today. I came here so fast. I took two buses just to get here.
Sustainable purchasing has become a serious topic because of all the positive benefits it brings to the environment. Reducing chemical pollution, carbon dioxide emissions, and water consumption are just a few of the ways the second-hand clothing business helps the environment.
The fashion club leads the way in creating a better environment through fashion. With so much on campus, Luna was overwhelmed by the number of students at the event.
“It was crazy,” Luna said. “There were so many people here. Honestly, I did not expect such a turnout. A lot of people were really into it and got stuff they liked.
Due to the environmental impact and high student turnout, Luna confirmed before the end of the event that there would be a second part that even more students could attend.
“[I am] one thousand percent to do an event like this again for sure,” Luna said.