Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are excited to announce that November is going to be DBIS’ get ‘Redressed’ month. In collaboration with the environmental charity ‘Redress’ we will be educating our students about the need for sustainability in textile waste by considering the impact that we have on our environment; especially with regards to the consumption of fast fashion. There will also be opportunities for school talks from the Redress team this month.
We are so very proud of our community’s effort last year to tackle textile waste by ensuring that it does not go to landfill and donating unwanted clothes to our clothing drive. Last academic year was our first success story: DBIS collected a total of 68.05 kilograms of clothing, contributing to a whopping total of 15.4 tonnes of unwanted clothes collected during October 2019 alone. Whilst the volume of clothing collected throughout ‘Get Redressed Month’ is a significant achievement, the true impact is the number of people, both young and old, who have engaged with the campaign to learn about the impact that fashion has on our environment and drive a circular future for fashion.
This year, we would like to set ourselves a challenge to surpass last year’s volume of textiles that we collected from the clothing drive, therefore, we will be offering the week of November 9th – 13th every day for you to drop off unwanted clothes at the following locations during pick up and drop-off times:
- Early Years campus: gate
- Main campus: gate (Primary and Secondary)
There will be large Redress boxes for you to drop off your unwanted clothes: please do ensure that it meets the following criteria:
- Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and fashion accessories.
- Please remember to wash them first.
- Shoes/home textiles are NOT accepted.
Additionally, Thursday 5th November will be our ‘Get Redressed’ day, this is going to be a cross-phase effort with Early Years, Primary and Secondary all getting involved. We would love it if your child could join our November ‘Get Redressed Month’ campaign to keep clothing in use for longer and change the way we consume fashion. Students and teachers can come into school dressed in well-loved clothes; the older the piece of clothing with a history or story attached to it, the better! Everyone is encouraged to have fun with this, generate ensembles, mix and match, wear a parent’s piece of clothing and do so with pride.
It would be greatly appreciated if every student is able to help fundraise for Redress and IMPACTHK by bringing in $20 for the non-uniform day which will then be collected by their classroom teacher/tutor. All proceeds will be split equally between the two charities.
If you have any further questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Head of English