As the cost of living goes up, a group of Year 11 students from Northern Ireland have started a campaign to re-use old uniforms.
The students at Monkstown Community School in Newtownabbey, County Antrim are encouraging other students to hand in their old school attire, so they can be re-used.
This way they say families on tight budgets don’t have to spend a fortune on their children’s schoolwear.
The idea, started by a group of Year 11 students at their school, will give other pupils the opportunity not only to donate their old schoolwear, but to get second-hand items that fit in exchange.
The school is keen for the project to be established before the end of this year, preferably by the beginning of the summer term.
Lead Fixer, Lee Graham (18) who is in his final year, supports the campaign and says it’s a great idea.
‘It’s about establishing a programme within the school where students can hand-in or exchange items of school uniform and sports kits that no longer fit them but are still in reasonable condition.
‘I’m supporting the idea because such items are expensive to buy new.
‘By recycling good quality clothing, the cost of buying new schoolwear is kept to a minimum, allowing the money saved to be spent on other things.
‘Plus, such a system ensures that the length of time an item is worn is increased, making the process more environmentally sustainable.’
Lee is currently in the Upper 6 and due to leave at the end of the year. He plans to hand in his school uniform once he’s finished his exams and hopes the initiative will continue for years to come.
Working with Fixers, the school and students are helping create a leaflet and branding campaign called ‘Rewear Schoolwear’ which aims to encourage students to recycle old uniforms.
Although their Fixers project is currently only aimed at their own school, the group welcome the possibility of promoting it to the wider educational community and the general public.