Recycling Project

The Owl Swap Clothing Recycling Project

Dr. Jason Rhodes and Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman are two Geography Professors from KSU’s Department of Geography and Anthropology who are working with KSU students to make a change by encouraging a campus wide effort to develop and support ethical, sustainable fashion alternatives by encouraging students, faculty, and staff to repurpose their used clothing through donating it instead of putting it into a landfill.

The Owl Swap Clothing Recycling Project is a cross-campus, multidisciplinary project involving a number of student groups, faculty, staff, and KSU’s Facilities Department. Working with Architecture professor Dr. Pegah Zamani, a clothing recycling bin was designed by students in KSU’s Department of Architecture (APX).

Bins and Bin DiagramsClothing bin model created by students in KSU’s Department of Architecture


Bin Diagran

Clothing bin model created by students in KSU’s Department of Architecture (APX)


Their design was then used by students in KSU’s Department of Construction Management (National Association of Homebuilders of KSU) under the mentorship of Drs. Williams & Rodgers to build the bin. Students from KSU’s Inventive Apparels Studio designed and made clothing collection bags from cloth scraps.

Students working

KSU’s Department of Construction Management (National Association of Homebuilders of KSU) building the clothing collection bin using the design.


Collaborating with KSU Facilities Department and the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability, the constructed bin was installed on the first floor in the Atrium building on the Marietta campus and students from four different KSU student groups, including Inventive Apparels Studio, EcoOwls, the Geography Club, and Green Ambassadors are involved in collecting and distributing the clothing donations to five destinations: (1) for use by the Inventive Apparels Studio students for upcycling projects; (2) CARE at KSU (http://care.kennesaw.edu); (3) for use as rags for the KSU Engineering and Automotive students; (4) for use as rags for animal shelters; and (5) for ReLoom, a nonprofit in Decatur GA making products from recycled materials.

Students, Garrett Plumstead, Jamison G. Barger, Camila Hellebuyck were the design team for the container. Thanks also goes to Architecture students, Demetrius Rease and Kishan Desai, who helped by making the sign for the initial clothing bin in the Marietta Atrium location.

Clothing recycling bin location:

Marietta Campus, Atrium building on the ground floor

If you are interested in being involved with this exciting project please contact us through owlswap@kennesaw.edu.

Process diagram

Graphic showing the process of the Owl Swap Clothing Recycle Project

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