As a mother passionate about sustainability but unable to find a second-hand uniform, starting a reliable and straightforward reuse scheme for school uniforms meant they would be available year-round for parents - as and when needed. Smarter Uniforms encompasses all the values that sustainability can contribute to communities, especially as children grow so quickly- and grow out of their uniforms! By rethinking business as usual and preventing costly, unnecessary textile waste, we are fundraising for schools, saving parents money and protecting valuable resources.
I see my role as one of inspiration and fostering a sense of direction for the growing organisation. As a mother of a seven year old girl, I understand the pressures for parents to buy uniforms each year. As an activist, I appreciate the destructive waste that this system of purchasing creates. It is my great hope that the Smarter Uniforms model grows to become a national norm. I intend to use my business and marketing skills to help create this new reality.
I’m excited to be involved in this organic initiative. It’s a breath of fresh air from the corporate big company stuff. The initiative goes hand in hand with my sentiments of; firstly caring for our communities and reducing textile waste. Facilitating a platform to get pre-loved school uniforms to parents and pupils makes perfect sense.
I love how a simple concept can have such great impact, on global waste, environmental education, and family finances. Smarter Uniforms is a great project to be a part of because we're redefining resource-use and cultivating a community that lives more sustainably. It's inspirational!
I am delighted to be the parental link between Smarter Uniforms and Cardinal Newman Catholic School, enabling parents to have the option to recycle and buy used uniform and raising vital funds for the school.
I chose to volunteer in Smarter Uniforms for several reasons, such as the opportunity to participate in the development of projects that help improve the life of my community, develop my English skills, improve my career prospects, build confidence and meet new people. It's got everything!
Yasmin El Majdoubi: Education and Engagement Officer
As an International Development student at the University of Sussex, my experience here at Smarter Uniforms has provided an invaluable insight to the field. It has been incredible to see how Smarter Uniforms acknowledges the multifaceted nature and nuance of sustainability, through the interrelation of social, economic and environmental factors. I love how, as an organisation, we protect the planet's precious resources, fundraise for schools and help families save money simultaneously!
Kaja Piekarska: Education and Engagement Officer
I am studying Conservation Biology at the University of Sussex. I have been lucky enough to work for Smarter Uniforms. It's an amazing project full of like-minded people who strive to improve the world we live in. I hope I can continue learning about the environment and the circular economy from Smarter Uniforms and other organisations we work closely with.
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