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Kilgraston champions a clothing conscience

Whole-school ‘Wear it again’

All 260 pupils (and staff too, including Mrs Stewart in her grandmother's beautiful 100 year old dress) took part in the School's first 'Wear it again' Day on Friday 31 May 2019.

Inspired by renowned environmentalist, Sir David Attenborough, who recently said: “We need to move beyond guilt or blame and get on with the practical tasks in hand,” pupils approached Head, Mrs Dorothy MacGinty, with the idea for a vintage clothes day to demonstrate that quality clothes never go out of fashion.

“The girls felt passionately about doing something positive but were unsure how they could make a difference on their own,” said Mrs MacGinty, “So, together, we have devised a list of 100 little changes, which everyone can implement, and that starts by buying fewer, cheap, clothes.”

To highlight the need to think about fashion purchases – not bowing to the trend for ‘fast fashion’ – everyone at the School wore clothes that were over ten years old.

Kilgraston’s inaugural ‘Wear It Again’ Day involved all 260 pupils who were asked to ditch their uniform for the day in favour of something ‘vintage’. “Quality lasts – I routinely wear a jacket that my mother-in-law gave me when I was first engaged and I’ve been married for thirty years!” said Mrs MacGinty.

During a recent assembly, the Head highlighted to pupils the enormous impact the fashion industry has on the world’s carbon footprint: “According to a report by the industry-led Circular Fibres Initiative, in 2015, global greenhouse gas emissions from textile production totalled 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent; more than the emissions of all international flights and maritime shipping combined.” Mrs MacGinty continued: “Less than 1% of the material used to produce clothing globally is recycled into new clothing, with only 12% recycled into other products such as insulation or mattress stuffing.”



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