aparto's student residents take to the sustainable style runway - all for a good cause!
23 February 2022
aparto, the award-winning student accommodation platform in the UK and Ireland, joined forces with residents in Dublin to play their part in a sustainable fashion and thrifting showcase called the ‘FEEL GOOD FASHION EVENT’, all for a good cause on Wednesday 16th February 2022 at Binary Hub.
Alongside providing best-in-class accommodation and facilities for students, aparto is committed to playing its part in a greener way of living and to encourage its residents to do the same.
With in-person events back in full swing, stylist Irene O’Brien played host to a feel-good vibe and encouraged guests, residents, and community friends on the night to adopt a more conscious way of thinking about fashion and upcycling with their day-to-day style!
When residents move out of aparto across the UK and Dublin, #Teamaparto encourage recycling and upcycling, by finding a home for any unused food, toiletries, and clothes for an annual fashion show like last week’s inspiring event. Waste nothing!
10 residents from across Trinity College, UCD, TU Dublin and RCSI set their sights on the runway, featuring 20 contemporary cool outfits created from student and staff clothes donations alongside garments from Dublin’s vintage stores. Thrifting on the night went to support funds for the Sick of Plastic campaign. Voice Ireland is a community of activists from all over Ireland who in 2018 decided to take a stand against single use plastic.
Guests on the night were treated to Teeling Whisky Cocktails, NOBL Watr – water on a mission, All About Kombucha - Ireland's only Carbon Neutral Kombucha -70 Native Irish Trees will be planted following All About & aparto event partnership. Additionally @greenminds.irl who turn rubbish into something worth keeping, brought an inspiring sense of plant life fun to the social spaces at Binary Hub!
Tom Rix, Managing Director – Operations, at aparto Europe, said “We want to be recognised as an environmentally conscious and friendly destination, so our students feel proud of where they live. At the same time, we are fully committed to the local communities and environments we serve. We will continue to host more of these wonderful ‘Feel Good Fashion Events’ to showcase that we are all putting our greener footprint forward!”
Mindy O'Brien, Chief Executive - Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment (VOICE) said: "VOICE and the Sick of Plastic Campaign are thrilled to be part of aparto's thrifting event, which demonstrates that clothes and other items can continue to have second, third and fourth lives! Buying pre-loved items is one part of the circular economy which embraces conscious consumption and reuse. Reuse is key to reduce waste in our current consumption model and we need to change norms and values. In terms of excessive packaging and single use plastic items, Our Sick of Plastic campaign is putting pressure on supermarkets and politicians to change the current business linear practice of take, use and dispose, pushing for packaging reduction and reuse."
We will be carrying on with our clothing donation initiative and giving our students the chance to swap some items for free. After all, our students are the future and the future is sustainable.