Alison & Watson speaking at Ashfield Primary School as part of a circular t-shirt project created by Michelle Kistima-Menser of You Are Brave and the Inner West Council.
Schools can book an in-school and/or an online talk and slide presentation conducted by the Circular Centre team with the support of 12 year old Watson and his mum Alison (CC Director). The presentation explains the linear take-make-waste system and how we can re-think it to transition to a more circular design model with the focus on school uniforms.
Targeting primary schools Year's 4 and up, the talk and associated project engages students, teachers and parents to educate on circular design solutions for textiles and offers positive steps to help implement change.
We show ways that we can all support animals, humans and the environment through reuse, recycle, repair, and ultimately repurpose clothing "waste" into new products such as mattresses, packaging, dog jackets, new clothing, carpet, underlay and more.
We take-back the students unwearable and unusable school uniforms. They are first taught to remove the trims, and we collect everything to put through our Circular Textile Waste Service.
We introduce some of the great people who work at our Australian Disability Enterprise partners who are doing important jobs to help us create circular streams so we can recycle, repair, redesign, reuse and ultimately repurpose their own school uniforms.
We arrange with schools the opportunity to take a 50 cents-per-garment donation and put this into growing trees that will draw down the carbon emissions used by the manufacturing of their school uniforms and how in future we will also donate to seaweed farming that will do the same job.
100% of the donations is given to Carbon Neutral who will sequester the carbon through their gold standard biodiverse forest regeneration project in Western Australia – one of the top 10 most biodiverse forests in the world.
We work with schools to create age appropriate sewing kits that use soft signage banner material that we divert from landfill. Sponsored by AFI Branding.
Based in Inner West Sydney Watson and Alison started to do talks in local Primary Schools to coincide with the schools programming on recycling and waste.
They would deliver a fun presentation using slides and samples plus take turns in explaining the "take-make-waste" linear approach to clothing, showcase safe textiles and explain how a study by the National Geographic magazine, has just found plastics "in human poop" (the cut through visual gets a great reaction with the kids).
We also introduce the #StopMicroWaste Guppyfriend Washing Bag that is designed to capture the plastic microfibres from the school uniforms when being washed.
Depending on where your school is, the Circular Centre team and Watson can visit or offer an online program to your school.
We have teamed up with Claire O'Loughlin from Ocean Remedy and Stop!MicroWaste to encourage school P&Cs to support the distribution of the Guppyfriend Washing Bag and help minimise plastic micro-waste that is shed from school uniforms into the oceans.
School P&Cs can purchase bulk bags from Ocean Remedy at cost and we then suggest they add an extra amount as an opportunity to both educate and raise funds for the P&C. Schools and P&Cs can email us to receive information.
Claire O'Loughlin's research into producing her beautiful, sun-safe and eco-friendly swimwear has brought her to working with the German inventors of the Guppyfriend and then bring to them to Australia.
Her goal to "make laundry ocean friendly" has led her to conduct extensive research into microfibres and we encourage you to visit her at Ocean Remedy and the Stop!MicroWaste site to learn more and become engaged.
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