Circular economy and sustainable school uniform

What is the circular economy and how can it be applied to school uniform?

The circular economy is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and promoting the continuous use of resources. In a circular economy, materials are reused, repurposed, or recycled instead of being disposed of as waste. This approach aims to reduce the environmental impact of economic activity while also promoting economic growth.

When it comes to school uniform, we as parents can contribute to the circular economy by taking steps to ensure that our child's uniform is reused or repurposed rather than being thrown away. Here are a few ways you can help:

Swap or donate uniform
Organise uniform swaps with other parents in the school community or donate uniforms that no longer fit your child to a local charity shop.

Buy second-hand uniform
Instead of purchasing new uniforms, you can buy gently used uniforms from charity or online marketplaces.

Repair and repurpose uniform
You can repair small tears or stains on uniforms, or repurpose them into other items such as cleaning rags or DIY projects.

Choose durable uniform
When buying new uniforms, you can choose high-quality, durable materials that will last longer and can be passed down to younger siblings or donated when they no longer fit.

By adopting a circular economy mindset, we can all help reduce our environmental impact while also saving money and supporting our local community.

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