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Sustainable fashion and “thrift culture” on Cal Poly’s campus – Mustang News

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Recently, secondhand fashion has played a large role in many students’ style choices. From strutting around in their vintage finds to hosting secondhand clothing sales on Dexter Lawn, sustainable fashion has become ingrained into Cal Poly’s student culture.

“I think second-hand plays an immense role in campus culture,” Cal Poly’s Sustainable Fashion Club president Emily Zhu said. “ Ninety percent of the time when I ask people where they get their clothes, it…….

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Recently, secondhand fashion has played a large role in many students’ style choices. From strutting around in their vintage finds to hosting secondhand clothing sales on Dexter Lawn, sustainable fashion has become ingrained into Cal Poly’s student culture.

“I think second-hand plays an immense role in campus culture,” Cal Poly’s Sustainable Fashion Club president Emily Zhu said. “ Ninety percent of the time when I ask people where they get their clothes, it is usually from a thrift store.” 

The love for second-hand clothes at Cal Poly can be attributed to the rise of fashion sustainability everywhere, especially on social media. According to Zhu, the benefits of thrifting and being eco-friendly are trending on social media platforms, such as TikTok and Instagram, and have influenced the way that young adults –– including college students –– dress.

“The combination of social media, the popularization of individualism and wanting to make a change are the main reasons for the popularization of second-hand culture,” Zhu said. “I think thrifting is one of the only ways [that] you can come across unique pieces, and people are utilizing that heavily.”

Student-run clubs have emerged to help promote ethical consumption and second-hand fashion locally. Zhu said that the Sustainable Fashion Club’s purpose is to combine education, awareness and creativity in students’ wardrobes. They host workshops for teaching the Cal Poly community how to deconstruct clothes and reuse the fabric for patchwork designs.

The Fashion and Student Trends Club (FAST) also hosts workshops and encourages sustainable fashion at Cal Poly. According to FAST’s co-President, Advaitha Bhavanasi, even though sustainable fashion is not the main focus of the club, their goal is to normalize it through their general culture and events. 

“A lot of our members value personal expression as that is something we emphasize as a board, and a lot of uniqueness and personalization comes from ditching trends and following your own style usually through the pursuit of original, vintage or second-hand items,” Bhavanasi said.

So far, they have incorporated sustainable fashion by hosting clothing swaps and thrift trips, as well as teaching Cal Poly students how to make clothes from scratch. The FAST and Sustainable Fashion clubs collaborated and hosted a fashion fair with local craft vendors on November 18th, 2021.

The FAST and Sustainable Fashion clothes fair was held on November 18th. Photo: Alina Jafri | KCPR

Clothing sales and fairs are also on the rise within the Cal Poly community, as clubs are not the only ones that host these events. Students who simply love to thrift are influencing sustainability on campus as well. 

Second-year journalism students Layla Bakhshandeh and Arabel Meyer began hosting secondhand clothing flea markets on Dexter Lawn during the pandemic.

Out of a desire to bring people together combined with her love for thrifting, Bakhshandeh asked her friends to see if they were interested in a flea market on Dexter Lawn. 

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