Did you know that the average student among us manages to scrape the pennies together, while probably existing mostly with the help of ASDA’s 11p packs of noodles, and spend £400 on new clothes every year? But often, given the ‘fast fashion’ culture that we have found ourselves in, many of us will wear an item of clothing only a few times before deciding that we no longer have a need for it and want to throw it away. The majority of these garments are still in good condition, and could be given a new lease of life elsewhere. This is where TRAID comes in.
As some of you may be aware, Nottingham Trent University currently holds the title of ‘greenest uni in the UK’, and it doesn’t look like something that is about to be snatched from under our feet anytime soon...
As I speak, 3 dazzling green clothes recycling banks are being set up around NTU in conjunction with charity organisation TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development) who specialise in the recycling of unwanted clothing.
Banks will be installed on the City campus next to Hampden Halls & Clarendon Court Halls, as well as at Brackenhurst campus between Ash & Beech Halls. So no more excuses for all you fresher’s dumping half your wardrobe into black bins at the end of summer term! Don’t bin it, TRAID it in a cleaner green bin.
TRAID currently operates over 900 recycling bins up and down the UK. All clothing donated is sorted by helping hands, and then sold back to the public in one of TRAID’s charity shops (which can be found at numerous locations across London). Any clothes that do not meet shop floor standards are neatly upcycled into brand spanking new one-off pieces, and are sold under the award-winning recycled fashion label TRAIDremade, which you can take a look at: www.traidremade.com/
TRAID’s 3 main objectives are:
- To protect the environment by diverting clothes and shoes from landfill;
- To reduce world poverty by raising funds for overseas development projects; and
- To educate the UK public on environmental and world poverty issues.
All the money that is raised from the charity shops and TRAIDremade is used to expand the organisations recycling activities and fund a number of overseas development projects (some of which are in partnership with other charities such as Oxfam).
You can read more about what TRAID does @ http://issuu.com/traid/docs/traid_wearing_poverty_out/84
By donating your unwanted clothing instead of throwing it away will help save our planet two-fold: Firstly, fewer clothes disposed of means reduced pressures on landfill, and also reduces the need for so many new clothes to be produced. And secondly, you will be helping charities to raise a lot of money for a lot of great causes.
Listen up TRENT Army: The more you shove into these green beacons of hope, the more waste we will be recycling as a university, which will help us in our bid for green domination.
Fool proof plan I think.