The Fashion Arts and Business program students hosted the Eco Closet event on Nov. 21 to raise money for an Etobicoke charity that offers emergency services to youth in need.
Huge numbers of students showed up to purchase used clothes at a discounted rate. The proceeds went to Youth Without Shelter.
“I mean, to be able to buy a really good suit like this for a price like this is amazing. I hope this isn’t the last time an event like this will be organized,” said Alex Martin, a second-year Engineering student.
Other Humber College students were present to provide their peers with fashion tips.
“We know how hard it is for college students to come up with money and we also know that business clothes are expensive so we just want to help our fellow students out in any way we can,” said Natalie Smith, a second-year Business Management student and one of the organizers of Eco Closet.
The Office of Sustainability, which was an event partner, told students how fashion is impacting the environment.
“We wear clothes everyday but we never think about their impacts on the environment as much as we think about the food we eat or our skin care products,” said Devon Fernandes, Humber’s sustainability specialist.
“It’s time that we learn that the clothes that we put on are having a negative impact on the environment and we should all be aiming to do better in this category,” he said.
“I had no idea that my clothing had such bad impacts on the environment but now I do thanks to the organizers of this event and the sustainability office,” said Sanjeevan Advik, a third-year travel tourism student.
Students from different schools also showed up to purchase business attire on the cheap, hoping to wear it in future.
“Looking good is one of the most important things when you go for a job or business interview and thanks to this event, I’m going to be able to do that now because of my new suits,” said Agnes McCarthy, a business management student at Seneca College.
“I actually don’t go to school here so it’s really school to see Humber students organize such an event. Really hope my school would organize something like this,” she said.