San Francisco Department of the Environment

Zero Waste Grantee: The Wear Movement

San Francisco State University is keeping clothing out of the landfill—and students in style—one garment at a time.

The Wear Movement is a campus initiative to help keep wearable clothing and usable textiles from the waste stream. Awarded a Zero Waste grant from SF Environment, the initiative is led by two San Francisco State University (SFSU) professors with help from student interns who collect, repair, and redistribute clothing through targeted donation drives on the SFSU campus.

Each month The Wear Movement puts out “a targeted ask,” or a request to the SFSU Community for specific clothing types, such as denim, work apparel, and more. Student interns assist with the collection, marketing and distribution  of these clothing products. For student interns like Tori, the opportunity to offer the community a more sustainable alternative to fast fashion has its own rewards.

"I always knew I wanted to be more involved in sustainable practices,” Tori commented. “I used to work at a large retail store and saw the negative impacts of fast fashion. Interning and working with The Wear Movement, I’m happy because I get to give back in a positive way.”

During the Fall 2018 semester, The Wear Movement saved over 420 pounds of garments from the landfill. From March through April, the collection features suits and button-down shirts, which are invaluable to students during interviews. As intern Tori states,

“It feels good to see the clothing donations from SFSU faculty and students go to those who can keep wearing the clothes and keep using them. It makes me feel a sense of community."

In celebration of Earth Day and the SF Month of Climate Action, The Wear Movement held a workshop on how to sew a button, patch a jacket, and hem a pant. The goal is to equip the University and wider San Francisco community  with even more tools to extend the lifecycle of clothing products.

Want to get involved? Stop by their booth every Wednesday rom 10:30am - 2pm at SFSU Ceasar Chavez Student Union to donate clothes during their targeted clothing drive.

About the Zero Waste Grant Program
The Zero Waste Grant Program awards grant funding to non-profit organizations whose work in source reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting helps San Francisco towards zero waste. From community composting workshops, to implementing composting and recycling at local events, to collecting textile clothing, these organizations exemplify diverse strategies to achieve zero waste.

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