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Brittany

Brittany

Name: Brittany Benton
Age: 17
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Torbay
Campaign: Encouraging people to reuse and recycle clothing

Like many young people, I'm quite into fashion and have a lot of clothes which keep up with the latest trends.

 

And like many young people, I bought a lot of the clothes because they were cheap and thought I'd use them. So one day when I was clearing out my wardrobe, I decided that rather than throwing the clothes away I would organise an event where people can recycle their clothing.

 

So, with the help of my friend, Livvy, and Fixers, we organised a swap shop at my school. People who attended brought the clothes they no longer wanted and were able to swap them for the unwanted items that other young people had brought to the event.

 

Through the event, we tried to show what a waste simply throwing clothes away is, as there may still be a use for them beyond your wardrobe. Ultimately we hope that events like this can take place more often to change the way young people look at clothes, where they come from, and what happens to them after they are discarded.

Thanks to my friend Livvy Dimeck (16) who helped with this project, and with the broadcast piece.

 

I'd also like to thank the following for helping with this campaign:

 

Souad Harrison Oliver Aplin
James Munro Jacob Hayes
Ella Smith Emily Daymond
Ryan Gardner Emmanuel Odude
Rosie Deakin Bethany Kerswell
Charlotte Dart Holly Mills
Jade Harris Callum Savage
Megan Nicol Daniella Humphreys
Lydia James Alice Lightowles
Ellie Budmead Shannon Slaven
Megan Williams  

St. Cuthbert Mayne school

The school I attend who have helped supply a location for the swap shop.

 

Torbay Council

Our local authority who helped with statistics into textiles waste, and who are working with us to cut waste in the future.

 

Sanctuary Housing

Sanctuary is the UK’s leading provider of care, housing and community services.

 

The not-for-profit organisation is backing our campaign and working in partnership with Fixers to help support young people across the country address the issues they want to fix.

 

With over 94,000 units of accommodation across England and Scotland, Sanctuary believe that building strong communities and inspiring people to make a real difference is as important as providing them with a home.

September 2013

Our story and the success of our campaign was featured on This is Cornwall. Click here to read the full article.

 

April 2013

We held our swap shop event at our school, St Cuthbert Mayne, in Torbay. The event was well attended by a variety of pupils, and many people went away with entirely new outfits.

 

 

Feedback from the event was great! Here are just some of the comments that were left about our project:

 

'So much fun, lush clothes too!'

 

'Such a good idea.'

 

'Saves spending money on new clothes!'

 

'It's fun, and great because you can socialise with everyone when you shop.'

 

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