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New fashion club helps the environment

Club members gather together to design their own clothes. Photo provided by Emmy Walton.

Repurpose With a Purpose is a new club at Hereford that gives students that are interested in design opportunity to express their creative abilities. Freshman club creators Keegan Elser and Emmy Walton aimed to start a club that was both eco-friendly and gave back to the community. 

In February the club collected clothes donations from students. These were then used to create professional attire by the club members. Each design was created by a group member, then looked over by the club’s officers. After that the ideas were brought to life by using any recycled piece of clothing. 

Club officers found this was an eco-friendly way to express their creativity and design abilities.

“I have loved creating things for as long as I can remember but I wanted to find a more eco-friendly way of doing it,” Emmy Walton (‘27) said. 

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While creating this club the officers kept in mind that it needed to be safe for the environment. Once they figured out that they could repurpose old clothes they had to tackle how they could give back to the community.

“We brainstormed different ideas until we came up with donating the clothes we make,” Keegan Elser (‘27) said.

Officers decided that they were going to donate all the clothes they made to the non-profit Success and Style. 

This is a non-profit organization that helps the less fortunate get jobs by enhancing their appearances, so that their first impressions are positive and professional. Founders of the non-profit made it their mission to also bring styling advice to women of all walks of life. The organization realized that there were men who needed clothes too. This led them to start collecting professional clothes for both men and women.

Unlike other clubs at Hereford, Repurpose With a Purpose is a fashion based program. Many clubs do help the environment but not like this. This club allows students who are interested in design to showcase their abilities while helping to recycle old clothes that would usually just be discarded or thrown away. 

The club allows creativity to flourish and people to help the environment in their own ways. This allows for people to use their strengths to help our community and environment.

The club was planning on doing a fashion show at the end of the year but due to complications they were unable to make it work. They are planning to do it at the beginning of next year. 

While the club gathers more years of experience they will continue to help the environment in their own unique way.

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