6:00 AM February 23, 2022

A Highgate School’s sustainable style campaign is likely nationwide with other schooling establishments subsequent its direct.

The school’s Quick Manner-Cost-free February (FFFF) campaign, now in its fourth year, has grown in attractiveness.

Calendar year 12 pupils Daphne and Mia, from the Highgate Ecosystem Committee claimed the challenge is a month dedicated to boosting consciousness about the harmful impacts of quick trend and selling sustainable fashion.

pupils in craft workshop

Highgate pupils owning a ‘crafternoon’ session as aspect of their Rapid Style-Free of charge February marketing campaign

– Credit: Diarmuid McDonald

A  programme of occasions were held this thirty day period which includes a non-uniform day, an “oldest merchandise of outfits” competition, a next-hand dresses deliver and buy sale, a knitting, mending and upcycling circle and a scrunchie and facemask making workshop.

Daphne explained their weekly “crafternoons” on Zoom past year ended up a “highlight of lockdown”

She stated: “Many individuals buy outfits with no diligently thinking about the environmental and humanitarian impacts of their purchases.

“Quick fashion can be extremely tempting, it is quick to be drawn in by the minimal prices and regularly changing stock of brands.”

The students said obtaining from favoured significant street outlets had ”hidden and distressing effects”.

These contain the synthetic products these as polyester that can take centuries to biodegrade, though dyes and chemical compounds applied in the manufacture of the apparel add to drinking water air pollution.

Highgate pupils during Fast Fashion-Free February

Highgate pupils throughout Quick Trend-Free February

– Credit: Diarmuid McDonald

Sarah Mynott, lead trainer for the natural environment at the North Street independent university, said the staging of the world’s 4 huge manner weeks take area in February , so managing a simultaneous marketing campaign was “correct and empowering for us all”.

She added: “The vogue marketplace is the world’s second most significant polluter, after oil and gasoline.

“It’s a little something that all of us can do a thing about each working day, ranging from acquiring fewer outfits and boycotting speedy trend brands, to getting second-hand or ethically-sourced clothes, to simply on the lookout right after our clothes and fixing them when they get destroyed.”

The college collaborated with the United kingdom Educational institutions Sustainability Community this yr to unfold the message.

The Fast Fashion-Free February badge by Highgate School pupils

The Speedy Fashion-Absolutely free February badge by Highgate University pupils

– Credit score: Diarmuid McDonald

Mia explained: “In the conference Daphne and I talked about the origins of FFFF and what functions Highgate is holding. We all collaborated on a variety of tips.

“It has been extremely encouraging to see how substantially this significant campaign has distribute. The a lot more universities that get portion, the extra folks will know about the damaging effect clothing can have.”