Re-purposed clothing gets a second chance at University of Alberta

November 15, 2012

 Secondhand clothing gets a new lease on life as the Eco Style Student’s Association teams up with the Office of Sustainability and Goodwill Industries of Alberta to present the Rethink. Refashion. Reborn. Fashion Show on November 16, 2012.  The runway show begins at noon at the main stage in SUB at the University  of Alberta and features re-purposed clothing pulled from the racks of Goodwill stores, all modeled by U of A staff and students. In addition, clothing from the show will be for sale at Goodwill’s Mobile Boutique from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. This event is free of charge and is open to the general public. 

“This fashion show is a great opportunity to showcase the terrific selection of re-purposed fashions available at Goodwill that can add a unique flair to your wardrobe. In addition to finding that perfect vintage piece, you are helping Goodwill support individuals with disabilities access training and jobs as well as saving millions of kilograms of usable goods from going to Alberta landfills,” said Barbara Engelbart, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for Goodwill Industries of Alberta. 

The fashion show is also being hosted in conjunction with the Eco Style Students’ Association, a group comprised of Human Ecology students at the University of Alberta that promote fashion sustainability on campus.  The group has been working with the university’s Office of Sustainability and with Goodwill to promote the re-use of gently-used clothing and accessories, the process of breathing new life into old fabrics garments, and the donation of clothing and household items to thrift stores and charities. 

Goodwill Industries of Alberta is a not for profit agency that provides training and jobs for Albertans with disabilities and employment barriers. Your donations are sold in our retail stores to support employment programs for these individuals, so every time you donate to Goodwill you are helping to make a difference in someone else’s life. 

Goodwill Industries of Alberta is a not for profit social enterprise. We collect donations of gently used household items from the public, which are sold in our 11 retail stores throughout Alberta. This helps to support employment for individuals with disabilities. We provide $20 million dollars a year of direct economic impact in Alberta, employing 525 Albertans and providing employment opportunities to another 300 Albertans through our programs. Last year, we were successful in diverting over 4 Million kilograms of goods from Alberta landfills.

The Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the Government of Alberta’s One Simple Act initiative, launched its One Simple Act on Campus project in 2010. The University of Alberta is the first post-secondary institution to be identified as a partner in this program. Launched in 2009 at the University of Alberta, the Office of Sustainability informs and inspires students, staff and faculty to adopt sustainable practices. As a bridging organization, the office aims to help campus community members to deliver projects and connect to information, experts, tools and funding options. The university takes an integrated approach to sustainability by incorporating teaching, research, operations and the outreach services needed to support them. To foster this integration, the campus sustainability initiative is structured in three strands: outreach and engagement, academic teaching and research, as well as facilities, operations and services.

The November 16th runway show begins at noon on the main stage in SUB, and is paired with the Goodwill Mobile Boutique from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., where clothing featured in the show will be available for purchase. For more information on the Rethink. Refashion. Reborn event, please visit www.sustainability.ualberta.ca.