Student - 1 juni 2017

Swapping clothes for sustainability

tekst:
Linda van der Nat

The chance to pick up a new blouse or pair of trousers and learn something about making the fashion industry more sustainable while you’re at it. This was the aim of the fashion film night run by the Circular Economy Wageningen Student Hub (CESH) on Tuesday 23 May.

At the Heerenstraat cinema, people could swap clothes and watch documentaries about the fashion industry. Foto's Sven Menschel

The chance to pick up a new blouse or pair of trousers and learn something about making the fashion industry more sustainable while you’re at it. This was the aim of the fashion film night run by the Circular Economy Wageningen Student Hub (CESH) on Tuesday 23 May.

CESH was formed a little while ago by a merger of Circular Economy Wageningen with IBBESS. The first group was set up in 2015 by several Master’s students who wanted more courses on the circular economy, and the second group was formed by students who organized the International Biobased Economy Student SymbioSUM in 2016. The fashion film night was part of their first event: Circular Fashion 2017, through which CESH seeks to raise awareness about the way our clothes are produced.

At the Heerenstraat cinema on 23 May, there were racks full of second-hand clothing. If you had contributed a pair of trousers, a skirt or a dress, you could choose something ‘new’ to go home with. ‘This way, clothes that one person is bored of wearing get a second chance in someone else’s wardrobe,’ says CESH board member Dieuwertje de Wagenaar, a student of Landscape Architecture.

The Circular Fashion Symposium follows in Impulse on 2 June. The programme includes lectures by Jef Wintermans of the Sustainable Clothing Covenant and Peter Koppert of the fashion branch organization Modint. And the winner of the design competition for the WUR centennial sweater, initiated by CESH, will be announced.


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