By Dominique Sinatra
Americans consume more than the average person, accumulating more than needed, and the rest is left to sit untouched for years to come. The Clothing Swap that took place Feb. 7-9 on HSU campus in the Karshner Lounge gave students and faculty an opportunity to ‘get out with the old in with the new.
Waste- Reduction and Resource Awareness Program (WRRAP) hosts two clothing swaps per semester reflecting on the 3 R’s; reduce, reuse and recycle. WRAPP is also a student run, student funded organization and are also funded through Associated Student Program.
According to Sarah Ann Wood, an environmental management protection major in natural resource planning, who works with WRAPP, thinks that diverting clothes from the landfill and involving students in the process is really key.
“It is a three-day event, where students donate clothes and take ones that they want,” says Wood. “We weigh the clothes before they take them so we can keep track of how much we divert from the landfill.”
Many students come into the Karshner Lounge to check out the event. Many either walk by and see the happening or heard about it by word of mouth. People stop in to ask and get information about the event asking if they can bring in clothes to help out.
Andrew Lyons- Gould, HSU student and wildlife major had just walked into the event on accident, does not need new clothes, but has other ideas.
“I might bring some clothes that I need to get rid of, because I want to be able to fit all of my belongings in a van to travel and live,” says Lyons- Gould. “It’s also great because people aren’t buying clothes, and you can find crazy things you wouldn’t find originally.”
In retrospect Donny Reinartz, HSU student and environmental science planning and policy major, has been here a few times. He likes this event because it brings the community together to reduce clothes and pick up other people’s clothes.
“I think that it is cool that a person might look around campus and say that used to be mine,” says Reinartz. “Now another person is wearing it, bringing people together in a cool and weird way.”
Reinartz remembers last semester there was a lady that came into the clothing swap leaving with about 3-5 bags of clothes. “She houses homeless or unfortunate children using the clothes to give to them,” says Reinartz.