ApparelXchange are doing their utmost to encourage families to opt for preloved clothing when purchasing school uniforms come August in an attempt to reduce our climate impact.
Garment production accounts for 10% of our carbon emissions, with 85% of textiles ending up in landfillanyway. In addition to this, many big retailers don't have protection in place for those making the clothes, which can lead to human rights violations.
In 2020, there were an estimated 792,300 young people at schools right across Scotland, most of these young people wear a school uniform- can you imagine how many pieces of clothing that amounts to? Well, in 2015, the Department for Education found that parents spend almost £213 per child on their school uniform - this doesn't even count PE kits - and now due to inflation could equate to almost £230. For so many families this is simply not feasible.
With this in mind, ApparelXchange are asking school communities to make a difficult but worthwhile change; start your young people in second hand uniform this August.
ApparelXchange can provide high quality, low cost items for those aged 4-18. They also accept donations of uniform, casual wear, footwear and accessories which they then review, repair and resell.
Why not discuss this initiative with a class to find out what they think? You can link this to our Fast Fashion Challenge to help deepen their learning. Let us know if you do!