What fashion decisions you make can massively impact your environmental and social footprint. It is really impressive: 600 kgs of pre-loved clothes can reduce 22.5 tonnes of CO2 and save 3.6 billion litres of water! Not to mention avoid the poor track record the fashion industry has when it comes to worker rights.
For Fashion Revolution Week 2021 (19 – 25 April), we want to show people that second-hand is the way to go and that going thrifty can be really great fun! To do so, Transition are teaming up with University of St Andrews student group, Sustainable Style and Fife-based climate action and education platform, Big Dreams, Little Footpint.
Over the week we will be hosting a series of events from clothes repair workshops to film screenings to swap shops (if we can finally run them in person), spreading the word of sustainable fashion in St Andrews and beyond. From the 1st of April through to Fashion Revolution Week we are running a social media campaign under #PollutionIsPants.
This page is a space to stay up to date on events and find out how to get involved with the campaign.
Take a Pic!
1) Put on a favourite second-hand bit of clothing you own and a pair of pants on your head
2) Write down #PollutionIsPants, what your second-hand item is and where it came from
3) Take a selfie and post it on your socials using the hashtag or send it to us to post up (@TransitionUStA)
Disclaimer: If you do not fancy wearing pants on your head or writing a card to hold up, you can send us a photo with the info and we can put one together for you
Events During the Week (19 – 25 April)
1) Monday // Sustainable Clothes for Kids //
Kids grow up so fast and skip through sizes faster than many of us can buy new. Many families receive pass-ons from friends and school uniform reuse is on the up. On the Monday Anya from Big Dreams Little Footprints is leading a social media push to bring awareness to all the schools around Scotland, and perhaps the rest of the UK, that are running uniform reuse initiatives of their own.
On Instagram follow @BigDreamsLittleFootprints
2) Tuesday // Panel Discussion: Fast Fashion and Its Solutions //
Taking action often starts with a simple conversation. On the Tuesday Sustainable Style we welcome you to a panel discussion on Fast Fashion and its Solutions with knowledgable speakers Shravani Salgaonkar and Daphne Biliouri-Grant. Our speakers will be sharing the work they do and what they think is important when it comes to this topic as well as having a discussion on the problems with fashion fashion, the social impact of the fashion industry and the solutions within slow fashion.
3) Wednesday Workshops // Repair the Tear //
Get serious about caring for clothes by repairing your tears or get silly by re-jigging your jeans to match your style. Either way picking up some top tips on clothes repair can go a long way. Events include:
4) Thursday // No Events On Thursday //
5) Friday // Trashion for the Catwalk //
Creativity and imagination can bridge the gap between feeling concerned about a crisis and taking action on it. Sustainable Style St Andrews reached out to local fashion groups in St Andrews on the hunt for catwalk submissions with upcycled second-hand textiles, which will be up for auction. Check out the event and head over to Sustainable Style’s facebook page to tune-in on the day.
6) Saturday // Undressing Plastic Pollution //
Fashion is a major culprit when it comes to plastic pollution. In fact, it accounts for over 34% of all microplastic pollution. In a gesture of good will we are organising a beach clean. In groups of up to 6 from 6 households book a space for the clean. If you are feeling bold join us with your pants on your head!
7) Sunday // Secondhand Mystery Bundles //
Through St AndReuse, Transition St Andews is actively tackling waste and finding new homes for pre-loved clothes. Dressing second-hand is a stylish, fun, easy and powerful way to tackle fast fashion. If you do not wear second-hand, no fear, Transition is here! Fill out this form before the midday on the 24th and we will deliver you a mystery bundle right to your door for FREE woop woop (if you live in St Andrews or collections can be arranged).