16-year-old THS textiles student Charlotte is this week launching a campaign to say no to ‘fast fashion’ and promote clothing sustainability.
Clothes can take up to 40 years to fully decompose and, with this in mind, the Truro High A Level student is raising awareness about the environmental impact of fashion by staging a school-wide ‘ditch and switch’ clothes swap event.
Charlotte said: “Clothing pollution is a massive issue affecting the environment and it's one that many people just aren’t aware of – it’s going to have a huge impact on all our lives if we don’t do something about it. I want to work in fashion so it’s really important to me to help people to find ways to shop sustainably. Clothes swapping is a great way to get a whole new wardrobe and reduce our impact on the environment. I can’t wait!”
Charlotte is hosting the event as part of the Extended Qualification Project (EPQ). The EPQ offers students a unique opportunity to excel in a chosen specialism, helping them to hone their ability to carry out rigorous independent research and develop their presentation style – invaluable skills for the next step to undergraduate study at some of the world’s top universities.
It's not the first time Charlotte has turned her love of fashion into a business venture with an environmental focus. During her GCSE years, she ran a business selling purses made from recycled wetsuits as part of the school’s Young Enterprise project.