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UpCycle Clothing Swap and Zero Waste Event Recap

New clothes and mimosas all for the cost of clothes you no longer want? Our UpCycle clothing swap was just that and more. Partnering with multiple small businesses in the community such as Protea Zero Waste, Indiglo Oils and Roscoe Sourdough, the Treehouse Coworking space became a hub of creativity and conservation as over 30 women came together to do their part to become sustainably aware and help the environment.

Protea Zero Waste is a zero waste store that focuses on conserving unneeded packaging. The store advises customers to bring in their own containers to refill with bulk products helping decrease waste and their overall carbon footprint. They have everything from kitchen, to home, to bath products allowing people to invest in not only themselves and their home, but the environment as well.

Indiglow Oils is a local organization founded by Jenny Bredeken who focuses on the healing aspects of essential oils and helped create unique healing oil for everyone at the event. She focuses on self care and wellness through an all natural approach and hopes to inspire others with their natural healing journey.

Roscoes Sourdough is another local organization that focuses on sustainability

through their love of cooking. Once Roscoe became invested in baking, he began to value sustainability and conservation by following his dreams of continuously creating in the kitchen. Their bakery provided delicious snacks for all attendees.

The UpCycle clothing swap and zero waste event encompassed three of Treehouse Coworking’s main values; community, sustainability and wellness with the focus on smaller local businesses. Members of the community were able to gather in a welcoming and sustainable event, while learning more about how they can reduce their carbon footprint, and heal themselves through natural means all while acquiring a whole new wardrobe.

Attendees left with their bags full of goodies, hearts full of hope and bellies full of sustainably sourced food. All the unchosen clothes were then donated to the clothing closet of the local school, Robert Louis Stevenson Middle school, encouraging people to reuse and recycle all while helping those in need.At Treehouse coworking we pride ourselves in being proactive members of our community and are glad to say we can have a positive impact on students lives while encouraging sustainability.

Did you know...

•North American’s send 9.5 million tonnes of clothing to landfill every year. 95% of which could be REUSED or RECYCLED.

•One trillion kilowatt-hours of energy are used every year by the global textile industry. That equals 10% of the global carbon total.

•The production of new garments uses 1/3 of the world’s freshwater resources. 2,650 liters is how much water it takes to make one t-shirt.

•Globally, we now consume about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year—400% more than we were consuming just two decades ago

•The fast fashion industry is responsible for producing 20% of global wastewater.

You can Find Protea Zero Waste and Indiglow Oils at our next Third Friday Night Market on 2/21!

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