Eco closet helps students dress up on a budget

by | Dec 9, 2019 | Life

Liliia Smichenko, Arts Reporter

Humber College’s Fashion Arts and Business students allowed students to do some shopping between their classes while helping the environment. Humber’s Eco closet, held on Nov. 20, helped people to be more aware of the ecological problems the planet is facing among other issues. 

“I think it’s important just to raise awareness, it’s such a crucial time right now,” said Meghan Parang, one of the students who organized the sustainability event.

Parang said it was important for her to be a part of the solution to this problem.

The entire Humber community, as well as other organizations outside of Humber like the David Suzuki foundation – a science-based environmental organization based in Vancouver, B.C., but has branched out to Toronto and Montreal — donated clothes for the event and all the money raised is going to Youth Without Shelter.

Sarah Taghipour and Elena Taghipour, who make custom apparel and footwear, attended the Humber Eco Closet to support sustainable fashion. (Lillia Smichenko)

The students also invited guests to support the event. Sarah Taghipour, who paints on old clothes and shoes to give them a new life, also was there.

“Reusing your clothes makes such a big impact,” Taghipour said.

She said there’s nothing bad being sold at thrift shops and buying already used clothes is good because it can always be washed, cleaned and fixed. 

People shouldn’t be ashamed at buying at the thrift shops.

“We can be fashionable by wearing the clothes that has been used already, it doesn’t have to be brand new, it can be cheap, it doesn’t matter if it still looks good,” Taghipour said.

Carissa Selbie, progect manager of the Humber Eco Closet event, made sure everything was under control. (Liliia Smichenko)

Parang agrees, saying if someone doesn’t want to shop second hand it’s their right, but they still sustainable by being more conscious about what they’re buying and holding on to things as long as possible.However, not only the environment benefited from the event. 

Carissa Selbie, the project manager of the event, said they also tried to focus on the business side of fashion. A corner where students can take their professional headshots in a freshly bought blazer was also added to the event.

“We are trying to help students to find more affordable business wear that they can wear to internships,” Selbie said.

Jennifer Dawson, the program coordinator of Fashion Arts and Business, said people can be sustainable by buying from ecofriendly Canadian designers and being more conscious about what they’re buying.

“I am so proud of all the work that they’ve [students] done in planning this event,” Dawson said.