A Student-Led Initiative for Change

For something we wear every day, it is funny that we don't think about where our clothing comes from. We make conscious choices about what classes we take, what parties we’ll go to, what we eat- so why not do that with our clothing?

Clothing production is one of the most polluting, resource-intensive industrial processes on the planet. Our clothing purchases result in human rights violations, economic damage, and environmental harm. Current practices of clothing production are unsustainable and are linked to crises of air and water pollution, as well as soil degradation. Garment workers endure excessive hours, poverty wages, and unsafe working conditions to make our clothes. Your purchases directly affect the lives of others and our planet.

At KSU we are working to change that through several initiatives on campus. OwlSwap is part of a broader campus effort to develop and support ethical, sustainable fashion alternatives here at KSU.

Have clothing you no longer wear? Want to help your local community and the environment? Look for OwlSwap Recycling Bins. OwlSwap currently has 2 clothing recycling bins on campus (one in the Student Center on the Kennesaw Campus, and one in the Atrium Building in Marietta). Wearable donated clothing is recycled via OwlSwaps, KSU Care (which gives KSU students in need access to OwlSwap clothes) and Hope Thru Soap, an Atlanta charity serving the homeless. Clothing that is no longer wearable is taken to local organizations that have alternative uses for worn out clothes. Simply drop your clothes off at one of the bins. This is just one way you can join other KSU students in contributing to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices on campus.

Outgrown a nice shirt? Tired of your closet? Attend an OwlSwap! OwlSwaps are a fun, free way to revamp your wardrobe. Bring clothing you no longer wear, swap, and leave with new pieces. Are you a photographer, jewelry makers, musician? Bring your work and put it on display. Swaps are parties for creative connections! OwlSwap events not only allow you to update your wardrobe for free, while drastically reducing the environmental impact of your wardrobe, but will also serve as fundraisers for the AWAJ Foundation, an organization that advances the rights of garment workers in Bangladesh.

OwlSwap (Clothing Swap)

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WRC Campaign

Since fall 2018, OwlSwap has campaigned to encourage KSU to affiliate with the Workers Rights Consortium (https://www.workersrights.org), which uses independent, unannounced factory inspections and legally binding agreements to ensure that the clothing produced for WRC-affiliated universities is produced in conditions that live up to an agreed-upon code of conduct designed to protect workers rights around issues of safety, wages, and the right to organize. Emory, Spleman, and the universities of Alabama, Florida, Tennessee & South Carolina have all affiliated with the WRC - why can't we?

Here’s what you can do to make a difference:

Swap, Sew, & Recycle:

  • Attend an OwlSwap event
  • Attend a campus workshop for simple sewing skills and upcycling projects
  • Bring unwanted clothes to an OwlSwap Recycling Bin located on both campuses

By joining other students, you are participating in global efforts to improve working conditions and environmental protections at the places where our clothes are made. KSU is on the cutting edge of a global movement for ethical, sustainable fashion.

Together we can difference. Get involved today!

For more information or to find out how you can volunteer, please contact owlswap@kennesaw.edu.

Woman sewing
Women work in a textile factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh | Source
Woman working
T-shirt quality checking in a ready made garment factory of Bangladesh | Source
Leather industry
Bangladeshi leather industry. About 0.5 million residents of the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka are at risk of serious health issues due to chemical pollution from tanneries near their homes. | Source
Building collapse
Collapsed Rana Plaza building near Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2013 | Source