School/ organization: Aalborg youth School
Delegation leader/teacher: Anne Juel Larsen
Students: Kalinka Ranfelt, Nikoline Prehn, Cecilie Færk, Maja Linnemann
Partner organization: Aalborg Youth City Council
Project title: Clothes Swap
The accessibility of cheap clothes and styles that changes every season has caused a rise in the consumption of clothing items in first world countries.
The means of production, along with the immense distances travelled to get the materials to the factories and then to the consumers, leave a considerable footprint on the environment caused primarily by the CO2 emitted and the water usage.
As urban living provides a lot of people packed together, this is the ideal place to start dealing with the problems of the clothing industry especially since the big cities are where a lot of sources of reused clothes typically are located for example thrift shops. As a branch of the already existing trend in our city, Aalborg, we are going to test the effects of swapping clothes instead of just tossing them out to buy brand new ones.
In our project, we dig into how reusing clothes can have a positive effect on the individual’s environmental footprint as well as how it can be an event to strengthen a community. Therefore we plan to make a clothing swap scheduled in May 2019 to test if this idea could be one of the possible solutions to the problem and we will present the results of this at the conference.