Queen’s for Sustainable Fashion (QFSF) runs ARC clothing swaps and events designed to promote fashion sustainability.
The club was founded in 2020 by Chloe Edwards, ArtSci ’23, with a mandate to raise awareness of the social, economic and environmental factors behind fast fashion.
The QFSF is hosting a two-part event on September 28 and 29 at the ARC where people can bring in a few pieces of clothing to trade in for more.
Edwards seeks to spread the club’s message by encouraging and educating students to shop ethically, while understanding the environmental impacts of the fashion industry.
“We do a lot of events, teaching people how to upcycle their clothes and how to rework things. Right now we’re doing our savings exchange and then we’re going to use a lot of coins for future events,” Edwards said in an interview with The newspaper.
Teaching people how to find second-hand options and recycle is important, Edwards says, since people sometimes can’t afford durable items.
“Upcycling can just give new life to clothes you already own,” Edwards said.
“Hemming your clothes to fit you properly is an important skill that everyone should learn in general. We held embroidery workshops, teaching people how to add cute little emblems to their clothes to give them new life.
Edwards believes in seeing new life in clothes and knowing when to rework a piece.
On October 3, the QFSF will be hosting a “blind date with a fit” event where they will curate outfits that have been donated by people.
“We will pack [an outfit] on brown parchment paper and then writing little descriptors on it similar to a blind date with a book,” Edwards said.
“People will just get a new mystery item and it’s by donation. If they want, they can donate a dollar or whatever, and the funds will all go back to our club. Then all unused clothes will go to YGK Thrift and at Almost Home Kingston.
Edwards thinks it’s important for students to recognize the importance of sustainability, especially in the context of modern fast fashion brands such as Shein.
“People don’t understand the implications [fast fashion companies] have on the workers who work for them. Sweatshops, working conditions, treatment of workers, environmental impacts, the amount of plastic and waste a company uses.
“I think it’s important that as young people we all know where our clothes come from and what we can do as individuals to leave our mark.”
The QFSF is currently recruiting for several positions and posting opportunities for students to get involved on their Instagram.