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Student’s go second-hand for their sixth form wardrobes

Freya Berry, 16, has bought entirely second-hand clothes for her education in Jersey.

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A 16-year-old student’s sixth-form wardrobe is made up completely of used clothing.

The environmental effects of dress choices are something that Freya Berry and other islanders have learned about.

According to Climate Jersey, the third-largest manufacturing sector in the world, fashion is responsible for up to 10% of all carbon emissions.

Freya decided to acquire old clothing for the upcoming school year in an effort to lessen her environmental impact.

I just kind of thought it would be a good idea to get stuff used and instead of buying from all the internet shops and everywhere from fast-fashion, just because it’s better for the environment, it’s cheaper, and I can get some pretty cool items from charity shops, she added.

According to Freya, buying used clothing is no longer frowned upon.

Since the items are so inexpensive and you only wear them once, she believes it would be beneficial if more people frequented charity shops.

Her mother Amanda Berry, HR manager for the nonprofit Acorn, expressed her pride in both her daughter and the number of young people who purchase secondhand goods.

“I just think it’s a really exciting trend that we are starting to see a lot more young people in charity shops, not just Acorn, and I think it is a really positive thing that young people are considering the environment, as well as getting clothes that are really good value for money and getting something unique for their wardrobe,” she said.

“Young people are much more environmentally concerned, which is a really great thing, especially apparel, the amount of scarcely worn or even brand-new clothing that is donated that someone has never worn that does end up in landfills.”

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